Jared Plessinger’s days in lacrosse started early.
The Cumberland Valley senior started playing lacrosse when the older kids in his neighborhood put a stick in his hands in the second grade.
From there, the rest is what you could call history.
Plessinger, who will attend Duquesne University in the fall and possibly play club lacrosse, continues to be a force for the Eagles’ front line. He sits at 49 goals, 55 points, 49 ground balls and five caused turnovers.
After a senior class that included some top-notch Mid-Penn talent graduated — players like Clayton Miller, who is now at the University of Delaware, and Mitch Schalles, who now plays for Stevenson — Plessinger and the rest of the team needed to step it up to keep the success of the team going.
“It is definitely hard when you lose a huge senior class with a lot of great players,” Plessinger said. “We challenged a bunch of the younger guys to step up and fill in those spots, and they have embraced it and played very well.”
“Jared is strong, smart and very skilled — that makes him the ideal player on and off the field,” Eagles head coach Matt Healey said. “He is well-liked and respected by the CV players, parents and facility. He is a great leader and senior captain that is determined to make his teammates and himself better every day. I am extremely proud of his performance throughout his lacrosse year at CV and his senior year exceeded my expectation with how well he helped the coaches prepare our young team for the 2019 season.”
A captain for the Eagles, Plessinger also plays quarterback for the football team, and the brotherhood atmosphere is the main aspect that has kept him coming back. And those brothers, according to him, are one of the main reasons he’s been as successful as he has.
“My success this year has come from my teammates. Our offense has worked really well as a unit and those guys have really elevated my game,” Plessinger said. “A personal goal is to be a good captain and help this team go as far as possible in the playoffs. I want to step up my game as a captain and try to help the team be the best that we can be.”
CV missed out on the Mid-Penn Championship game to rival Trinity, but the focus is now on the District 3 Class 3A tournament starting on Tuesday. According to Plessinger, the goals of the team are to “play well as a team and … limit our mistakes and capitalize on our opponent’s mistakes.” The No. 9 Eagles will take on No. 8 Ephrata on Tuesday in the first round at Ephrata Middle School at 7.
Healey is confident that Plessinger can be a driving force for the team in the playoffs.
“I expect him to lead our young team to allow us to play at our highest potential, and I believe we will be very tough to beat under his leadership and skill,” Healey said.
The road through the playoffs will be a long one, but the team is determined to get back to the district title game — the Eagles lost to Manheim Township 11-5 — and to a longer run in states — which ended last year in a 6-4 loss in the quarterfinals to Garnet Valley.
However, Plessinger is confident he and the team behind him can make a deep run happen.
“I believe that we will be a force to be reckoned with in the playoffs,” Plessinger said. “We may be seeded lower, but we are going to come into each game with a lot of intensity.”