Although Jackie Wolford would have liked to have played her senior season, she didn't need it to leave her mark on the Worthington Kilbourne girls lacrosse program.
Wolford, an attacker/midfielder and a Kent State commit, ranks second in program history in career goals (201) and career points (338) and owns the program record for career assists (137), and she needed only three years to reach those totals.
Despite having her senior season canceled because of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, Wolford is staying as positive as she can. She has been spending time throwing, running and shooting in her backyard, and expects to receive a summer workout packet from Kent State in June to further fine-tune her skills ahead of college.
"I'm a pretty positive person. I like getting after it," Wolford said. "And I think with lacrosse being my favorite sport, I think it's easier for me to be motivated with lacrosse than with my other sports."
Wolves coach Doug Troutner isn't surprised that Wolford has been working on her game from home.
"As a lacrosse player, Jackie is always seeking to improve," he said. "She spends countless hours working on her craft, trying to refine all of the details which will allow her to become a better player. Strangely, though, if you were to ask her why she was trying to get better, her answer would definitely involve her goal to help the team be better. That is Jackie."
Last spring as a junior, Wolford had 81 goals and 51 assists, as Kilbourne finished 11-9 and reached a Division II regional semifinal before losing to DeSales 12-10.
"She is more proud, though, of the 51 assists that she made," Troutner said. "All of this despite the fact that (her father, former Kilbourne boys coach Bill Wolford) is the offensive coordinator on the team and would like her to shoot more rather than always passing to someone else."
In addition to her father, Wolford counts her older brother, Andrew, and her older sister, Margaret, as major influences on her lacrosse career. Andrew, 32, played attack at Bellarmine University, while Margaret, 29, played attack at Fresno State.
"I think growing up and watching them be so successful has made me want to be successful," Jackie Wolford said.
Wolford also played basketball and volleyball during her prep career at Kilbourne. She was a guard/forward for the girls basketball team and an outside hitter/defensive specialist for the girls volleyball team.
Her efforts helped the basketball team finish 18-7 overall and earn a share of the OCC-Cardinal Division title with Hilliard Bradley this past winter, and she helped the volleyball team finish 17-8 and place third in the league last fall.
But Wolford said her family roots in lacrosse have always drawn her to that sport the most.
"I've grown up playing lacrosse," she said. "My whole family... we've all just been a lacrosse family. I love watching it and I love how fast it is.
"It's just so fun for me to play, and I can connect with my brother and sister and my dad as well. It's a family game for me, which I love."
Wolford said dodging and draws are areas of her game that she would like to improve. But wherever her college career takes her, she said her work ethic will pave the way.
"I'm always doing the little things, and I'm always doing extra things, too," said Wolford, who plans to study exercise science in hopes of becoming an athletic trainer. "If I want something, I'll go out and get it and I'll do it myself. I love getting out of my comfort zone, and that's what's made me the player I am today."