From July 21 to 23, the three-time All American Jackson will play in four games over the three days at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
“This is the only time I’ve been able to go because I was doing other recruiting tournaments at the time,” said Jackson, who will attend USC this fall. “The recruiting tournaments were more important to me because I hadn’t made it yet.”
Now that Jackson’s future is set, she will be joining 79 other All Americans from mainly her class and the class of 2014 to compete in a round-robin tournament with eight teams.
“In games like this, I’m trying to make myself better, especially for a tournament like this where I’m playing against top talent and future competition because most of these girls are recruited to the top universities as well,” Jackson said.
“I’m trying to focus on what I need to work on and after playing in this tournament, I think I will know what I need to work on and know what my strong suits are,” Jackson said.
Even though this is a learning experience for Jackson, she will also get to view the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex and reside at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort.
When Jackson returns from this 220-acre athletic complex, she will get back to the challenging workout package drawn up by her new coaches.
“I’ve been working out everyday,” Jackson said. “The good thing about our workout is that it is not just like a track workout. We’re not just solely running. We’re working on changing direction, our mobility, lifting weights and strengthening ourselves so we can be that much better than our competition. It’s definitely hard.”
Jackson’s first season of college lacrosse doesn’t officially start until February but she has “fall ball” to look forward to very soon.
Following four seasons of playing the midfielder position on varsity at Woodward, Jackson holds school records in goals (449), assists (154), points (603), ground balls (528) and takeaways (150).
This past season, she had 113 goals, 129 draw controls, 83 ground balls, 35 assists and 21 takeaways en route to leading the Lady War Eagles to a 13-4 record and the second round of the playoffs.
“Woodward definitely shaped who I am on and off the field,” Jackson said. “Lacrosse definitely gave me more confidence in the classroom than I probably would have had. Lacrosse gave me a better opportunity to attend one of the best schools in the nation so I will never forget that. I will be forever grateful.”