Chesapeake Chapter Hall of Fame inductee Jacque Weitzel followed in father’s footsteps on the way to decorated lacrosse career

Jacque Weitzel was a two-time, first team All-Metro selection while playing at Garrison Forest. She was also a member of the United States Under-19 national team. Photo by Andre Lambertson/Staff  4/18/95.

Jacque Weitzel’s road to a decorated lacrosse career started in the stands at Homewood Field.

Her father, Harry Weitzel, played for perennial powerhouse Johns Hopkins from 1957 through 1960 and was a member of two teams that were crowned national champions by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association.


For the Weitzel family, Saturdays in the spring were spent watching Harry’s beloved Blue Jays along with a group of his former teammates. They spent each home game analyzing strategy, evaluating the Hopkins players and critiquing the coaching.

Jacque Weitzel quietly listened and took it all in, drawing insight on the sport and learning how to watch the game with a critical eye.


“I have great memories of going to all the lacrosse games at Homewood Field and listening to my father and his teammates’ commentary,” she said. “It was always a fun time and definitely made a major impact.”

Weitzel played many sports while growing up, competing with and against four athletic older brothers. She proved most adept at lacrosse and credits the innate understanding of the stick sport that was instilled on those Saturday afternoons in Baltimore.

“I definitely think my success in lacrosse came from the knowledge I developed while watching the game being played at a high level and listening to those great former players talk about the important aspects of what was happening on the field,” she said. “I had so much drilled into me at an early age, especially from a tactics standpoint.”

Weitzel, who grew up in Sherwood Forest and played youth lacrosse for St. Mary’s Annapolis, will be inducted into the Chesapeake Chapter of USA Lacrosse Hall of Fame on Thursday.

After attending Indian Creek through seventh grade, Weitzel transferred to Garrison Forest and was a boarding student at the girls private school in Owings Mills. She was the starting varisty goalkeeper as a freshman and performed well.

However, coach Micul Ann Morse wisely moved the 5-foot-8 dynamo to attack and the rest is history. Weitzel totaled more than 100 career points and was named first-team All-Metro by The Baltimore Sun twice.

Weitzel was a member of the United States Under-19 national team that was runner-up at the Junior World Championships and earned the Heather Leigh Albert Award as the most outstanding player at the U.S. Women’s Lacrosse Association national tournament.

Morse marveled how driven Weitzel was as a senior at Garrison Forest despite having already accomplished so much by then.


“Jacque has very high standards and therefore she sees what she doesn’t do,” Morse said. “I guess when you’re gifted like that you accept what you can do, and what you can’t do really bothers you.”

Jacque Weitzel was a standout lacrosse player at Garrison Forest before moving on to Dartmouth.

Dartmouth won a heated recruiting battle for Weitzel, who became a four-year starter and offensive catalyst for longtime head coach Amy Patton. Blessed with a dangerous left-handed shot, she still holds the program’s career record with 199 goals from 1997-2000.

Weitzel was a three-time, first-team All-Ivy League selection and three-time, first-team All-American choice by the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association. She was named Ivy League Player of the Year after setting single-season school records for goals (67) and points (79) as a senior in 2000.

“Jacque just had a real nose for getting to the goal. She could take the ball from midfield and weave her way, quite magically at times, through all the defenders,” said Patton, who coached Dartmouth for 26 years. “She had an attacking mentality and was really powerful driving to the net. She had a very accurate shot and could really hit the corners of the cage.

Dartmouth captured four straight Ivy League championships with Weitzel, who led the team in scoring in three of those seasons. Patton will never forget an epic conference championship game against Princeton when Weitzel scored twice as Dartmouth rallied from three goals down in the final minute of regulation and ultimately won in overtime.

“Jacque almost single-handedly got us into overtime. She was always calm under pressure and never got rattled,” Patton said. “I loved coaching Jacque because she was a gifted athlete with great instincts and had the ability to make everyone around her better.”


Weitzel played on the attack alongside fellow Anne Arundel County native Kate Graw all four years at Dartmouth. Graw, a Severn product, was inducted into the Chesapeake Chapter of US Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2018. They are members of the only class in program history to capture four Ivy League championships.

“If I were to describe Jacque’s playing style it would be effortless. She always made everything look easy and was the master of teamwork and making everyone around her look good as well,” Graw said.

Weitzel was also a tenacious rider and still holds the Dartmouth single-season school record for caused turnovers with 62. She takes more pride in that mark than any of the scoring accolades.

“I really loved to steal the ball. That was my favorite thing to do and I was pretty good at it,” said Weitzel, adding that she always “felt like I was a midfielder at heart.”

Annapolis native and former Garrison Forest and Dartmouth attacker Jacque Weitzel Stahl will be inducted into the Chesapeake Chapter of US Lacrosse Hall of Fame inductee.

As a senior, Weitzel was winner of the Kenneth Archibald Prize as best all-around athlete in the graduating class. She was also inducted into the Wearers of the Green, which is essentially the Dartmouth Athletics Hall of Fame. A few years ago, the Annapolis native was named one of Dartmouth’s 100 all-time greatest athletes, ranking fourth overall among women.

Now known as Jacque Weitzel Stahl, she has a veterinarian practice located in Fairfax, Virginia, and lives in Bethesda with her husband and three children.


“I loved the sport of lacrosse and it never seemed like work to play. It was always a joy to be out on the field competing and all these honors I have received are just icing on the cake,” she said.

Tickets for the Chesapeake Chapter of USA Lacrosse Hall of Fame ceremony, being held at the Elks Lodge in Annapolis, can be purchased at: