Beyond The Game With Jackson Monnin
Charlotte Latin School senior Jackson Monnin has found great success on the football and lacrosse fields during his prep career. The son of Tim and Sarah Monnin will travel north in the Fall to attend Lehigh University where he will continue his pursuit of lacrosse success. Let’s go Beyond The Game with Jackson Monnin to learn more about this outstanding Student-athlete.
What positions do you play in lacrosse and football?
“I play Lacrosse midfielder which means clearing the ball up field and playing both offense and defense. On football for the last four years I have played varsity at outside linebacker and running back on the Latin Hawks Football Team.”
What led you to choose lacrosse as a sport to pursue in college?
“Lacrosse is a unique sport that relies on strong stick skills, athleticism, and field awareness in order to be successful. It appeals to my aggressive nature in that contact and hitting becomes a critical part of playing good defense, however it also requires a level headed approach when playing on offense. Playing midfield I have to be able to flip that switch and do both, which is a challenge that I really enjoy. I love lacrosse, and am excited to play it at the next level among the top players in the nation.”
What are your top three athletic accomplishments?
“I’m honored to be a member of our three-time state championship Latin Hawks Lacrosse Team, and it goes without a doubt at the top. Next would be being voted a USLacrosse All-American, and voted team captain and All-State linebacker this past fall in football.”
How did you decide on Lehigh and what were your other choices?
“Playing summer travel lacrosse on TeamCarolina I was lucky enough to visit many great schools on the East Coast and had exposure to many college coaches. During my decision process, I considered schools with a balance between strong academics and great lacrosse. Lehigh, Maryland, Richmond, the Naval Academy, and several schools in New England were in the mix. Lehigh provided a superb academic setting that I felt comfortable with including top ranked Engineering and Business programs and located in the mountains of eastern Pennsylvania. Head Coach Kevin Cassese was a strong draw for me. He is currently coaching the Team USA men’s national lacrosse team. When I visited the campus and met some of the students and my future teammates I immediately felt like Lehigh was a place I could thrive both in the classroom and on the lacrosse field.”
What is your role on the Charlotte Latin School Lacrosse team?
“Latin Lacrosse has been a really special experience. We have 22 seniors on our team and we’ve enjoyed a great four year run together. As a midfielder, it is my job to play both offense and defense and the transition in between. Whether it be to clear the ball or try to prevent them from clearing it, there is a lot to be done. With so many weapons on Latin’s team offensively, its my job to make sure that I’m active and force the defense to react so we can get an advantage either by scoring or drawing the double team and assisting my teammates.”
What do you hope to study at Lehigh?
“Next fall I will be enrolled in the Integrated Business and Engineering Honors Program, which is a unique program combining the two studies simultaneously rather than just focusing on one. It offers students the ability to work within teams on projects, obtain real world experience from visiting speakers and internships, and to study not only business concepts, but the way in which the field is being shaped based on the technologies of the age.”
How have you performed in the classroom?
“I have made Dean’s List (Honor Roll) every semester of high school at Latin. I will graduate with a 4.1 GPA and 5 AP credits. Along with my partner have brought home some hardware from State and Regional tournaments as a member of the Forensics/Debate team. I am also a member of the CLS Service Society for having completed community service across a wide spectrum from tutoring at an economically disadvantaged school to building projects at the various non-profit centers.”