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Faceoff specialist Jankowsky to join Flames lacrosse in fall

May 2, 2018  |  Raleigh, N.C. 

Cole Janakowsky wins a faceoff for his Leesville Road (N.C.) High School lacrosse team this spring. (Submitted photo) test test test test
Cole Janakowsky wins a faceoff for his Leesville Road (N.C.) High School lacrosse team this spring. (Submitted photo)

In last year's recruiting class, Liberty University's men's lacrosse team added mostly defenders to its squad that returned the majority of its midfield and attackmen from the 2017 season.

This spring, before the Flames travel to Salt Lake City for its first MCLA Division I National Championship tournament appearance starting Monday night, Head Coach Kyle McQuillan has already landed three recruits for the 2018-19 campaign: one goalie, one attack, and one midfielder — Cole Jankowksy, a faceoff specialist from Raleigh, N.C. More additions are expected this summer, expanding a 33-man roster that only graduates midfielder Brett Miller

McQuillan expects Jankowsky to challenge sophomore Austin Aguilar and junior Jimmy Fowler for playing time as a freshman next fall.

"We will be taking a look at guys at every position and expect the starting jobs to be up for grabs," he said. "Hopefully, we will use Cole in a couple of different ways, but he takes a lot of pride in winning possession and he will push us forward in that area."

Jankowsky won 177 of his 243 faceoffs this spring as a senior at Leesville Road High School and has been selected to play in the June 2 Bull City All-Star Game at Duke University.

"Originally, I came for a campus visit at Lynchburg College, but stopped in at Liberty and talked to Kyle who made me feel at home right when I walked through the door," said Jankowsky, who came back for College For A Weekend (CFAW) and attended the Flames' April 7 Midnight Mayhem win over Pittsburgh. "I hope I can make an impact on the team."

Jankowsky plans to pursue a degree in business administration with an emphasis in marketing.

After also playing soccer and wrestling as a freshman and sophomore in high school, building up his lower-body strength and balance, Jankowsky has made lacrosse his primary sport over the past two seasons while bulking up his 5-foot, 10-inch frame from 150 pounds to 185. He has competed in fall and summer travel league play with the Carolina Hilltoppers and trained with Leesville Road alumnus Davis Sampere, now a faceoff specialist at High Point University, to improve his technique in a skill that is unique to the sport.

 

By Ted Allen/Staff Writer

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