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Jackson Polar Bear Lacrosse

May 24, 2018 - OHSAA All-Region Awards

First Team

John Thomas (Midfield)

Carson Potere (Midfield)

Cole Remlinger (Attack)

Adam Kelly (Goalie)

Chance Clevenger (Face-off Specialist)

Second Team

EJ Paulhardt (Defense)

Ben Burch (Defense)

Honorable Mention

Andrew Barnes (Defense)

Luke Walker (Defensive Midfield)

*All-State and All-American awards (if earned) will be announced in the weeks to follow


All good things must come to an end.  The Jackson Polar Bears lacrosse team found this out the hard way in a heart breaking 9-8 overtime loss to Hudson in the OHSAA regional semi-finals.  The Polar Bears never trailed in the game until the fourth quarter.

Offensively, the team struggled to take care of the ball throughout the game.  Cole Remlinger continued his monster junior season with four goals and one assist to keep Jackson in the game.  Carson Potere scored the game tying goal with one minute to play to send the game to overtime. 

Defensively, clearing issues lead to many scoring opportunities for the Hudson Explorers.  Thankfully, Adam Kelly played the game of his life and registered 24 saves on 44 Hudson shots.

This brings an end to the incredible 2018 Jackson lacrosse season.  The team will finish with an overall record of 14-7 which is the most wins in a season in program history.  A special thank you to our senior class of Joe Faflik, Cameron Shank, Ben Hastings, Luke Walker, Nick Smith, Chance Clevenger, Justin Novak, Carson Potere, John Thomas, and Dominic Faiella for your efforts and hard work the last four years and help in changing the Jackson Lacrosse culture. 

See you next year!

Game Stats:

Goals: Remlinger 4, Potere, Thomas, Dennis, Novak

Assists: Remlinger, Potere, Faiella, Dennis, Novak

Saves: Kelly 24


Varsity Notes:

Jackson traveled to Hoover last Friday for their traditional rivalry match-up to end the season.  Despite a fast start, the Bears fell by a score of 13-8.

Offensively, the team came out firing and came out of the first quarter up 4-1.  However, too many turnovers and missed opportunities lead to only four goals after the first quarter.

Defensively, Jackson started off strong, but like the offense struggled from turnovers and other mistakes.  The team showed a lot of promise when playing fast and taking care of the ball.

The Polar Bears will begin the OHSAA playoffs this Tuesday against visiting Boardman.

Junior Varsity Notes:

The junior varsity wrapped up its regular season with an unfortunate 8-5 loss to the Vikings.  Despite the loss, the team showed incredible growth and improvement throughout the season.  Their hard work lead to a final 13-4 record for the young squad.  Way to go boys!

Game Stats:

Goals: Thomas 4, Remlinger 2, Potere, Clevenger

Assists: Potere 2, Remlinger, Thomas, Dennis

Saves: Kelly 13


Varsity Notes:

The Polar Bears returned to action this past Friday night looking to bounce back after a difficult loss earlier in the week to St. Ignatius.  Jackson was able to get deep into the bench playing all 24 dressed player en route to a 19-1 win.

Offensively, the team was very balanced and eleven different players registered at least one point on the night.  Joe Faflik earned the offensive game ball after his four goal effort.  Freshman Alex Shepherd scored his first career goal while freshman Gabe Hudas recorded two assists.

Defensively, the team only allowed eight shots on the night.  Senior Nick Smith got the start in net and make three saves on the night and had some wonderful outlet passes which created scoring opportunites. 

The team heads into the last week of the regular season and will host CVCA on Tuesday before heading into Hoover on Friday.

JV Notes:

The JV continued their winning ways with a big 15-0 win over Lake!  They are now 12-3 on the year.

Game Stats:

Goals: Thomas 5, Faflik 4, Remlinger 3, Dennis 2, Potere, C. Novak, J. Novak, Faiella, Shepherd

Assists: Remlinger 4, Dennis 3, Clevenger 2, Hudas 2

Saves: Smith 3, Hug


Varsity Notes:

The Jackson Polar Bears took on Shaker Heights this past Friday night and came away with a narrow 9-7 win.  The game as also "Youth Night" to celebrate the upcoming generations of Jackson Lacrosse.

Offensively, the team did just enough to sneak by the Red Raiders.  Carson Potere earned the offensive game ball for his four goals and two assists.  John Thomas (three goals) and (one goal and two assists).  Dominic Faiella (one goal) and Chance Clevenger (one assist) rounded out the scoring.

Defensively, the made some big key stops when they were needed.  Adam Kelly came up with some big saves to seal the win.  Freshman Philip Barron earned the defensive game ball for his efforts in his first varsity start.  Andrew Barnes continued to show his improvement by holding his man pointless on the day.

Jackson returns to action against a St. Ignatius on Tuesday.

Junior Varsity Notes:

The junior varsity continued their winning ways by defeating Shaker by a score of 10-5. 

Game Stats:

Jackson 9  Shaker Heights 7

Goals: Potere, 4, Thomas 3, Remlinger , Faiella

Assists: Remlinger 2, Potere, Clevenger

Saves: Kelly 10


Varsity Notes:

The Jackson Polar Bears had a busy week playing three games including two within 15 hours of one another while in Toledo.

The first game of the week put the Polar Bears up against Division II power Chagrin Falls.  Despite an outstanding performance by the defense, the offense struggled to get going against the Chagrin Falls goalie who finished with 17 saves on the night leading to a 6-2 defeat.

For the following two games, the team traveled to Toledo to take on Perrysburg and Toledo St. Johns.  Against Perrysburg, the offense exploded for 43 shots en route to a 13-8 win.  The following day, Jackson took on Toledo St. Johns which has been a spirited game the last few years.  This season, it was no different as the Polar Bears were able to erase a 5-0 first quarter deficit to defeat the Titans 12-8.

Jackson returns to action at home this Tuesday against St. Edward for a huge regional match-up.

Junior Varsity Notes:

The junior varsity team played two games this past week.  On Tuesday, the team fell 7-3 against Chagrin Falls in a very similar game to the varsity.  The team was able to get right back on the winning train by defeating Louisville 12-1.

Game Stats:

Chagrin Jackson 2

Goals: Thomas, Potere

Assists: C. Novak

Saves: Kelly 7


Jackson 13  Perrysburg 8

Goals: Thomas 4, Remlinger 3, Faiella 2, Potere, Dennis, Clevenger, C. Novak

Assists: Remlinger 3, Potere, Dennis, Faiella

Saves: Kelly 6


Jackson 12  Toledo St. Johns 8

Goals: Thomas 5, Remlinger 3, Potere 2, Dennis, Clevenger 

Assists: Potere 4, Clevenger 4, J. Novak

Saves: Kelly 8



Varsity Notes:

The Jackson Polar Bears traveled north to play their regional foe Solon on a gorgeous spring night this past Friday.  After 46 shots and several quality scoring opportunities, Jackson came home with a solid 12-4 win.

Offensively, the team was clicking and produced plenty of quality looks at the cage.  John Thomas (one assist) and Carson Potere showed why they are two of the best in the area by scoring four goals each.  Cole Remlinger lead the team from the attack position and contributed two goals and two assists.  Dominic Faiella and Joe Faflik each chipped in one goal and one assist.  Chance Clevenger had one assist, but had a huge day at the face-off X going 15/19.

Defensively, the team was solid and limited Solon's scoring chances by only giving up 22 shots.  EJ Paulhardt held Solon's main threat to only one goal on the night.  Ben Burch earned the defensive game ball for his tough on ball efforts.  Justin Novak was all over the field scooping up seven groundballs on the day.  Adam Kelly made some clutch saves throughout the game to eliminate any offensive momentum for Solon.

Jackson returns to action against a tough Chagrin Falls squad on Tuesday.

Junior Varsity Notes:

The junior varsity continued their winning ways by defeating Solon by a score of 11-1.  After a slow first half, the team came alive in the third quarter to break the game open.  They are now 8-1 on the season.

Game Stats:

Jackson 12  Solon 4

Goals: Thomas 4, Potere, 4, Remlinger 2, Faiella, Faflik

Assists: Remlinger 2, Thomas, Faiella, Faflik, Clevenger

Saves: Kelly 7

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