Player to Watch: Jack Lambert, John Jay-CR
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The only thing that might be more impressive than Jack Lambert’s highlight tape in lacrosse might be his football video.
The 6-foot-2, 185-pound rising senior has already made his college commitment, choosing to play lacrosse at the University of North Carolina. But John Jay football coach Jimmy Clark believes his star wide receiver might want to keep his options open a little bit longer.
“If he wanted to, he’d have a lot of opportunities in football,” Clark said. “He’s a ridiculous athlete. He just has a different gear, a different switch. It’s hard to explain what it is. There are times he can just do whatever he wants on the field; both in football and lacrosse, he’s unstoppable.”
Lambert, a defenseman in lacrosse, was an all-American this spring, using his elite athleticism and stick skills to guide the Indians to the Section 1 Class B title game. Despite being a long-stick midfielder, Lambert managed eight goals and five assists to earn MSG Varsity All-Hudson Valley first team honors.
“I tell people this all the time,” Clark said. “When you watch him in lacrosse, it’s almost like there’s a spotlight that follows him around the field. That’s how much you notice how good he is. You don’t even have to know the game and you realize he’s the best player on the field.”
In the fall, Lambert was a second team All-Hudson Valley pick in football, splitting time between receiver and quarterback while helping John Jay reach the Section 1 Class A final.
Lambert really turned heads in the Class A championship game loss to Poughkeepsie.
“We knew the type of athlete he was. But that game opened a lot of people’s eyes,” Clark said. “Poughkeepsie was loaded with talent. But people were saying he was the best athlete on the field. The kid really stood out.”
Lambert will look to carry John Jay’s football and lacrosse teams over the hump this school year. He’ll again split time at quarterback and receiver, and be at the center of the defense. But his greatest role, according to Clark, will be as leader.
“This is his team now,” Clark said. “The last two years, he’s been our best athlete. It’s his time to be our leader.”
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