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Victor Post
  • FLCC's Timerson takes his talent to Tennessee



  • This spring, playing attacker for the FLCC Lakers lacrosse team, Jack Timerson recorded 82 goals and 42 assists. He not only set records at FLCC, he led the scoring nationwide in the National Junior College Athletic Association. He helped lead the Lakers to their first winning season.

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  • An OK football player. An outstanding swimmer. But in his heart, a lacrosse player.
    Jack Timerson was blessed with speed, agility and power, and he can fire a lacrosse ball with noteworthy accuracy and torque.
    In his senior year at Newark High School, he was recruited by colleges for his swimming ability.
    “I only got one call for lacrosse,” he said. “From Castleton State in Vermont.”
    He couldn’t make up his mind about a four-year school, but Finger Lakes Community College offered him three things that interested him — a lacrosse team, a coach who was familiar with Timerson and an opportunity to study conservation.
    The coach, Dave Stein, is the same guy that coached Timerson when he was in second grade, playing on Sundays with a few very dedicated parents, and one very dedicated grandfather, watching.
    “I’ve known Jack since he was in first grade,” Stein said. “Jack was one of the first players in our youth program. He really has not changed a lot since them; just a real nice and quiet young man.”
    Maybe not that quiet.
    This spring, playing attacker for the FLCC Lakers lacrosse team, Timerson recorded 82 goals and 42 assists. He not only set records at FLCC, he led the scoring nationwide in the National Junior College Athletic Association. He helped lead the Lakers to their first winning season.
    And his life answering the phone and e-mail dramatically changed.
    “In high school, I looked around for colleges where I could play lacrosse,” Timerson said. “I e-mailed all the coaches from the SUNY schools. I didn’t get one response. Those same schools were calling me last spring.”
    But Jack had already been tempted. Richard Carrington had visited him in February. Carrington even sent blizzard photos back to his college’s website to show that Tusculum College in Greeneville, Tenn. — the Pioneers — were leaving no snowflake unturned to recruit top-flight players for the new lacrosse team.
    Carrington, it turns out, is dead serious about getting Tusculum started right out of the gate as a lacrosse power in the South Atlantic Conference, and Timerson is part of the master plan.
    “This is the first year they’ll have a team,” Timerson said. “Coach Carrington has recruited 13 to 14 junior college guys. And he offered me a pretty good scholarship package.”
    “It was a great season for FLCC lacrosse,” Stein said. “We play such a tough schedule and are competing against schools that offer athletic scholarships. To go 11-10 is a tremendous accomplishment for these kids. Jack was the leader offensively for us, when we needed a big goal he provided it for us. Jack will be a tremendous asset to his team at Tusculum College.
    Page 2 of 3 - “He, I am sure, will be an offensive leader there as he was here for us,” he continued. “The coach at Tusculum came to a practice in February and watched Jack practice in the gym. He was very impressed. He then followed all of the points Jack was putting up during the season.”
    Carrington is the first lacrosse coach in Tusculum’s 219-year history as Tennessee’s oldest college. He brings experience from Virginia Military Institute, Alvernia University (Reading, Pa.), Chestnut Hill College, Mars Hill College and Kenyon College.
    But Timerson found another major reason to choose Tusculum: He wants to be a naturalist, and the program there drew him in. He’ll finish his associates degree in conservation at FLCC this summer, then leave for Tennessee in mid-August.
    “I’ve always loved being outside,” Timerson said. “I’m taking forestry classes now. It’s fun being outdoors, knowing what you’re seeing, all the plants and animals around you.”
    As a lacrosse player, Timerson spent lots of time outside on the grass, many times near bordering woodlands. Does he sense the ecology of lacrosse?
    “I was on the attack side of the field,” he said. “Every organism has a niche, and my niche on the team was to put the ball in the net. Some other niches were stopping the other team from scoring and winning face-offs.
    “When I play a game, I’m always focused on the offense, but if I see something our defense doesn’t, I’ll call down the field to do my part.”
    After college, Timerson hopes to work “someplace where I can help people learn about the outdoors.”
    Stein said Timerson will bring some special skills with him to Division II lacrosse.
    “He is a tremendous stick-handler and possesses a very hard and accurate shot,” Stein said. “He is left-handed — that helps a lot because most players are right-handed. He is a very good dodger as well. Jack also possesses a very good right hand too. He handles the stick very well with both hands. Jack is a tremendous teammate, he gets along with everyone on the team and is very unselfish.”
    And there’s another part of Timerson that is driving him toward success on a college lacrosse field. He’s part of a family of athletes. Pat and Corky Timerson have four kids. Jack’s older brother Walter played football and golf at Newark; older sister Mary was a standout in tennis, figure skating and lacrosse; twin sister Julie played softball and soccer.
    There are some special items in the Timerson house — a 70-year-old lacrosse stick and a similarly old photograph.
    You see, when young second-grader Jack Timerson was playing youth lacrosse for the first time, his maternal granddad, Bob Snyder, came to watch. It was a special moment for both of them.
    Page 3 of 3 - Snyder had played lacrosse for Cornell in the 1940s when the sport was almost unknown.
    He died two weeks after that Sunday afternoon spent gleefully watching Jack. At the funeral, an old teammate brought a photo of Snyder in his playing days. Granddad’s lacrosse stick came to Timerson years later, from his grandmother, who knew Bob would want him to have it.
    For some, lacrosse isn’t a game. It’s a heritage.

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