2022 Players Top 50: #5 Michael Ehrhardt
The now four-time winner of the Brodie Merrill LSM of the Year Award, Michael Ehrhardt is the best in the world at his craft.
With a repertoire of skill, stamina, physicality, and size, few can outmatch and none can outmuscle Ehrhardt. His impact may start on the wing, but he can change a game on both defense or offense.
“He’s the best long stick middie in the game every year,” said longtime teammate Matt Rambo. “It’s hard for guys to dodge on him, he’s a communicator, and he’s a ground ball machine.”
“Playing the LSM position, you’re involved in so many aspects of the game,” remarked Ehrhardt.
Brodie Merrill revolutionized the LSM position, and Ehrhardt continues to elevate it. Growing up, throughout Ehrhardt’s career he primarily played close defense. It wasn’t until he was picked up by the Charlotte Hounds in the MLL Draft he tried out LSM.
“When I got picked up by Charlotte we weren’t too good so I got to experiment a little bit,” laughed Ehrhardt. “I ended up sticking on the wings, and with that came playing offense as well.”
Ehrhardt said he took inspiration from the big-name LSMs of that era in using pieces of their game in his own. He watched guys such as Kyle Hartzell, Joel White, Scott Ratliff, and of course, Merrill.
“I tried to take a piece of everything they did and learn from them.”
Now entering his tenth professional season, Ehrhardt’s become the guy young LSMs look up to. He won 33 ground balls along with 10 caused turnovers in 2022. Constantly making heads-up plays, he not only wins possession for the Whips but creates offense, whether it be pushing the ball into transition or taking it to the net on his own from deep. Ehrhardt buried 4 two-pointers in 2022, matching his career high.