Minnesota Swarm believe good things can come in small packages

Shayne Jackson on draft night with Andy Arlotta (left) and Joe Sullivan (right). (Photo: Dave Fryer)
Shayne Jackson on draft night with Andy Arlotta (left) and Joe Sullivan (right). (Photo: Dave Fryer)

Looking at the top picks in the 2012 National Lacrosse League Entry Draft, it would be easy to overlook Shayne Jackson at #4…literally, that is. The first three selections (Mark Matthews, Brock Sorensen, Kiel Matisz) averaged 6′5″, 217 pounds.  So Jackson–all 5′9″ and 180 pounds of him–doesn’t exactly stand out visibly. But Minnesota Swarm coach Joe Sullivan says opponents are making a mistake if they don’t pay attention to him. “He was a guy who really demanded a lot of attention and you couldn’t leave alone, when you do leave him alone he puts up points against you,” Sullivan told Jack Satzinger in a story on the Swarm’s web site. Then again, Sullivan would be happy enough if other teams choose to focus on the likes of Matisz, Sorensen and returning Swarmites Ryan Benesch and Callum Crawford. If they do, Sullivan’s pretty confident Jackson will make them rue their inattentiveness.

Stamp is a TV sports announcer and lacrosse lover whose skill set made him a defender but who always dreamed of being a goal-scorer. He can be reached at stamplax@hotmail.com.

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