Editor’s note: Today we kick off a new series called Wolf of the MCLA! Thanks to the support of Wolf Athletics, we’ll be selecting, interviewing, and honoring impressive student-athletes who are competing in the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association throughout the 2014-15 college lacrosse season. Each new member of the “Wolf Pack” will receive a Ghost shaft as an award for his accomplishments. We hope you enjoy![mks_separator style=”solid” height=”4″]
Our first ever Wolf of the MCLA hails from Lourdes University in Ohio. Jared Yoshino, a sophomore attackman for the Grey Wolves, is a predator on the lacrosse field. He was selected as a team captain his freshman season and averaged 6.5 points per game.
At 5’9” and 155lbs., Yoshino might not sound very intimidating, but this kid scored 41 goals and collected 55 ground balls as a freshman during his team’s first year of play in the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association.
Jared was the only freshman selected as captain for the Grey Wolves and he’s back for round two! A sure sign of great things to come in the Northwest Ohio lacrosse scene!
Without further ado, let’s get to know #3 himself, Jared Yoshino.
Jared Yoshino – Wolf of the MCLA
Full Name: Jared Yoshino
Key Stats: 6.5 Goals per game, 41 goals, 55 ground balls in 2014
College: Lourdes University (MCLA Division II)
High School: Sylvania Southview (Ohio)
LAS: When you aren’t playing lacrosse, what are your hobbies off of the field?
Yoshino: Playing tennis, basketball, and volleyball.
Do you play any other sports?
In high school I played soccer, football, basketball, and lacrosse.
What is one thing you wish the world would understand about you?
I give all the glory to God when I play lacrosse.
Do you consider yourself a lone wolf, leader of the pack, or committed teammate?
I am a leader by my actions and am a committed teammate.
How many years have you been playing lacrosse and where did you find your start?
I first started cradling a lacrosse stick when I was in the first grade because my older brother played. I started playing organized lacrosse in the fourth grade.
What made you choose to go to Lourdes University, a first year MCLA DII program in Northwest Ohio?
It was a great opportunity to help build a program from the ground up and to help create it into a successful program.
You were selected as a captain in your freshman season, what led to this decision and please describe the challenge (if any) of being the only freshman captain?
My teammates selected me due to my abilities, my work ethic and positive attitude.
The team remained undefeated through the regular season until dropping to conference rival Dayton by 1 goal. Was this early success a surprise or did the team’s only two regular season losses serve as the season’s heartbreaker?
As a team we had many strong players who worked hard and our coach prepared us for the challenge. Thus I do not believe it was not a surprise for our early success, but still it was a disappointment to lose our last two regular season games.
Since we needed a first Wolf of the MCLA to be recognized, we thought it would be proper to start with the leader of the Gray Wolves, what does it mean to the career of Jared Yoshino to be the first player to be nominated for this new award? How does it feel to be nationally recognized for your achievements?
It is humbling and an honor to be the first player nominated for this award. I am thankful to God for giving me the ability to play the game of lacrosse. To be nationally recognized for my achievements is very rewarding for the hard work and effort put into the season. My teammates and coaches deserve the recognition as well as, though, as my success would not be possible without the efforts of everyone on the team.
Averaging over 6 points a game in his freshman season, it’s obvious to the world that Jared Yoshino plays with the tenacity of a wolf, but a lone wolf is not successful without his team. What are the team’s goals for 2015 and what is it going to take to lead your pack?
The team goal for 2015 is to win the division and win the MCLA Division II National Championship. It is going to take dedication, hard work and encouraging team camaraderie to lead the Wolf pack.[mks_separator style=”solid” height=”4″]
Congratulations to Jared, and a special thanks to Coach Yannarelli, Ryan Wronkowicz and the Lourdes University Gray Wolves for nominating him as our first Wolf of the MCLA!
To learn more about the Grey Wolves, visit the team’s website at LourdesAthletics.com.