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A Profile of Chad Wiedmaier: Ohio Machine Defenseman

Chad Wiedmaier is a graduate from Princeton University who lives in New York, but for Delaware citizens he is known as a defensive player for The Ohio Machine.

Wiedmaeir started lacrosse when he moved to New Jersey in second grade but did not play on an actual team till he was in 5th grade.  “Everyone in my town plays lacrosse,” Wiedmaier said. “So my cousin threw me a stick and I really wasn’t expecting it. I’m like the first generation in my family to play lacrosse, so it kinda literally fell into my hands and I’ve went from there.”

Wiedmaier practicing his defensive skills during a Friday night practice at Selby Stadium.

What some people don’t realize is most of the Ohio Machine players don’t live in town, they live all over. So on a game weekend Wiedmaier and his teammate fly in on a Friday morning, have practice Friday evening, do a walk trough the next morning followed by the game Saturday evening.

Wiedmaier started playing defense because he was the “bigger” kid when he was younger. “But the weird thing is I’ve played defense in every sport I’ve ever played so I guess something just clicked in me”.

Wiedmaier also holds a job when he is not playing for the Ohio Machine at Trilogy Lacrosse located in New York City. He is the Marketing Associate for the company.

In his spare time Wiedmaier really likes to travel.”I really like to just go on random adventures. In New York City there is something different to do or explore or find everyday. I guess I’m really an adventurist enthusiast.”Wiedmaier said.

Wiedmaier’s favorite moment playing Lacrosse was when Princeton won the Ivy League title during his senior year. “And that was just a big deal cause my senior class was very strong when we were there. So I just remember that feeling and I’ll always remember that.”

When asked how a young player can improve at Lacrosse Wiedmaier said,  “Defiantly just have a stick in your hand. Everyone just says play wall ball that’s like everyone defacto response. But I’m just saying having a stick in your hands and doing something lacrosse related like shooting, hitting a wall, or catching a pass will improve anyone’s game.”

The Ohio Machine have a record of 2 wins and 3 losses. Wiedmaier himself has played in all 5 games this season with a total of 6 ground balls and counting.

Wiedmaier and his teammates can be seen in action this Friday during  The Ohio Machine verses the Boston Cannons game at Selby Stadium. Game time is 8:00 pm. Tickets can be purchased through The Ohio Machine Website.