Balanced offense, strong defense boost Jackson | Boys lacrosse

After season-opening loss, the Timberwolves have won five straight
By David Pan | Apr 07, 2017
Photo by: David Pan Jackson’s Alex Franco chases after the ball during a game against Kamiak at Kasch Park in Everett. The Timberwolves beat the Knights 12-6.

Just about everything went right in Jackson’s final game before spring break.

The Timberwolves defeated Glacier Peak 16-6 in a boys lacrosse game Thursday, March 30, at Kasch Park in Everett.

Playing at full strength after being down a couple of players due to injuries, Jackson played what coach Craig Hess described as a balanced game.

The Wolfpack offense took its time and got everyone involved. Of the 16 goals, 11 were off of assists and seven different players scored.

“We’re not really relying on one kid or two kids,” Hess said. “Pretty much everyone on the field in involved … We find that right player and take high percentage shots.”

The Jackson defense has also matured. The Timberwolves utilize their footwork and are able to challenge their opponents.

“They are not letting them have a lot of time to get where they want to move,” Hess said. “We’re kind of dictating things. We’re playing a lot more aggressive defense.”

The Timberwolves opened with a loss to Monroe but since then have reeled off five straight league victories over Kamiak, Monroe, Cascade, Snohomish and Glacier Peak to sit atop the Wesco 4A (D1).

Late last month, Jackson traveled to Idaho for the Boise Invitational. The Wolfpack went 1-2 against three top tier teams.

“In the two losses, we were able to realize what we want to work on and get better,” Hess said. “We felt better after those games. We saw them as learning opportunities. I think coming out of those games we played even better (against Snohomish and Glacier Peak).”

The focus continues to be on the players’ fundamental skills.

“It’s just a critical piece of the game, being able to hold on to that ball, making a lot of passes and not having unforced errors,” Hess said.

One of the best goals against Glacier Peak was when Jackson won the faceoff and then had 11 consecutive passes before someone shot and scored a goal.

“It keeps the defense moving and we develop that high percentage shot,” Hess said.

Senior Adrian Tong and junior Jericho Timbo lead the Jackson attack. Tong has 18 goals and 11 assists, while Timbo also has 18 goals and 8 assists.

Both Tong and Timbo have good speed and when the defense keys on either of them, they dish the ball to a teammate.

Three other key players include seniors Brad Borders and Luke Rodgers and junior Marcello Pellegrino.

Senior Aiden Rounds returns for his second season as goalkeeper.

“He’s extremely consistent on saves,” Hess said. “When we have to clear the ball, he’s good at finding the open man and not forcing it. We have a lot of confidence when he comes out of the cage.”

Jackson is trying not to look too far ahead.

“We want to position ourselves for a good playoff run,” Hess said. “We want to go deeper than we’ve ever been in the playoffs.”

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