The Pro Behind the Scenes
A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Michael Watson played high school lacrosse in his hometown at St. Paul’s, where he was named All-American in his junior and senior seasons.
He went on to play collegiate lacrosse at the University of Virginia from 1994-1997. Eventually named one of the Top 50 Players in ACC History (2002), Watson was a four-time All-American and All-ACC Selection. In 1996, he was honored as the ACC Player of the Year, NCAA Attackman of the Year, and the NCAA Tournament MVP. During his time at UVA, Watson led the Cavaliers to two appearances in the NCAA Championship game. He is currently ranked second in both career goals and career points at UVA. Watson is credited with popularizing the “dive shot.”
In 1998, Watson was a member of Team USA in the World Games in Baltimore, Maryland. His 12 goal and 8 assist performance in the tournament helped lead his team to the ILF World Championship.
Watson played professionally for the Boston Cannons of Major League Lacrosse from 2001-2004. During that time, Inside Lacrosse named him “the Most Electrifying Player in the MLL.” In 2006, Watson was selected as the first overall pick by the Los Angeles Riptide in the MLL’s Expansion Draft. He played with the Riptide during all three of its seasons (2006-2008) and helped lead them to consecutive Championship Weekend appearances in 2007 and 2008. An action photo of Watson was the inspiration for the MLL logo.
He currently resides in Solana Beach, CA.