By Nathan DeSutter, Athletics Communications Graduate Assistant
Edward Wolfgang Beyer was born to be a rock star.
His first name is inspired by Eddie Van Halen, lead guitarist for the legendary rock band Van Halen, and his middle name comes from Eddie's son, and Van Halen's bass player, Wolfgang.
"My parents were big Van Halen fans," Beyer said. "And I guess they just went for it."
Though Beyer's music career never panned out, he quickly became a rock star in central Michigan lacrosse scene, earning four straight all-conference nominations during his prep career.
But his biggest venue was the Michigan club lacrosse circuit, when he played for Power Play under MLL and Canadian National Team star, Cam Holding.
Holding is a legend in Beyer's hometown of DeWitt, Mich. After growing up in Whitby, Ontario, Holding moved to DeWitt at 14 where he and his father formed the first lacrosse program in the area, and due to Holding's stellar resume as an MLL Champion with the Denver Outlaws and member of the Canadian National Team in the 2014 FIL World Cup, it's regarded as one of the top programs in the area.
Holding's biggest contributions to the career Beyer didn't come from practice or constant drilling - it was their daily interactions, small tips, and his belief that Beyer could make an impact on a Division I roster.
"He always really saw what I could do in the future, and knowing he believed in me playing Division I lacrosse was inspiring," Beyer said.
But it wasn't the idea of being the next Cam Holding that inspired Beyer to pick up his first lacrosse stick, it was the idea of being the next Owen Beyer—his older brother.
"Having an older brother, you really follow in his footsteps," Beyer said.
The only problem, neither one of them knew what the correct steps were. They weren't a lacrosse family, and the sport itself was new to the area, but it made it even more special that they learned it together.
Eventually, Owen chose a different path, playing Division II golf at Northern Michigan, and this time his little brother didn't copy him. Edward, thanks to mentors like Holding, stuck with lacrosse, and it brought him to a place that he feels is the perfect fit for him—St. Bonaventure.
Being a Bonnie also presents him with the opportunity to play for another Canadian lacrosse legend, Bonnies head coach Randy Mearns, who was Holding's coach on the World Cup team that won gold in 2014.
With Beyer's namesake, his family didn't expect his stringed instrument of choice to be a lacrosse stick, and his main stage located in St. Bonaventure, N.Y., but he and the Bonnies hope to be in tune as their first season together begins.
"I just see all the possibilities that come with being at Bonaventure," he said. "Everyone is always believing in you, positive, and wanting to go above and beyond to get that national championship."