Feature photo courtesy of Dave Anderson.
Having an older brother can bring out one of the most competitive rivalries there is.
This is no different in the case of California native Carson Spooner.
“I’ve always had an older brother, and he’s always been a step ahead of me,” Spooner said. “He makes me work just as much, if not more than he does. I don’t like to lose a lot, so it’s nice to be able to beat him once in awhile.”
Carson’s older brother, Cole, used this sibling rivalry to effectively adjust to the competitive nature of college lacrosse.
“Whether it was roller hockey or backyard lacrosse, we were always competing,” older brother Cole said. “It subconsciously prepared myself for the seriously competitive nature of college lacrosse.”
Cole Spooner currently plays Division II lacrosse at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Their sibling rivalry would often boil over the competitive nature of winning these backyard sports, however. The two brothers would fight over trivial things, often as if they were trying to kill each other, Carson said.
“It just hasn’t stopped,” Carson said when referring to the sibling rivalry. “I really bring that attitude onto the lacrosse field, and I just want to annihilate the other team.”
Cole spoke of a time when he was 7 years old and Carson was four, when they were playing pick-up hockey in the garage. Carson stepped in the goal with no hesitation without any mask or pads, and took a puck to the face, resulting in multiple stitches.
“The next day, he wakes me up wanting to play tackle football throughout the neighborhood without any worry about the pain or stitches,” Cole said. “This will remind me of how relentless and ‘blue-collar’ he is.”
This type of relentless mentality has seen Carson get national lacrosse recruiting recognition, seen as a standout from the Adrenaline Winter Showcase while playing for his club lacrosse team, Blue Chip National.
Carson Spooner is a sophomore at Tesoro High School in Las Flores, California.
The recruiting process has really just started as Spooner is still only in the class of 2019. When describing his ideal fit, a bigger school away from home was mentioned.
“I want to be in the cold,” Spooner said.
A change of scenery would mean going from a non-traditional lacrosse location in the warmth of California into the more traditional lacrosse hotspots of the East Coast.
“My favorite school is the University of Michigan,” Spooner said. “I really want to go to a good school both athletically and academically, and with a great campus as well.”
Despite not being on the East Coast, Michigan has stepped up its recruiting classes as of late and is starting to become more of a nationally recognized program, especially in the Big Ten Conference.
Whether it is an up and coming Division I program like Michigan or the University of Albany, or a Division III powerhouse like Salisbury, Spooner will be excited at the prospect of more national exposure as many collegiate scouts are now looking at the increasing number of California high school lacrosse programs.
Edited by Megan Smedley.
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