SPARKS, Maryland – US Lacrosse announced on Wednesday that Kent State freshman Jackie Wolford was one of two recipients of the 2020 Michael Breschi Scholarship.
Wolford graduated from Worthington Kilbourne High School, where she was a three-sport athlete as well as a member of the National Honor Society. She finished her lacrosse career as the school’s all-time assists leader. As a senior, she was team captain for volleyball, basketball, and lacrosse, and one of just two students in the Class of 2020 to be inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame.
“Jackie is one of the most pleasant and enthusiastic students I have had,” said Lisa Mullen, a member of the school faculty. “Her smile, positive attitude, and dedication to learning makes her a natural leader in the classroom as well as on the athletic field. She is an exceptionally honest and responsible young woman, and she is a student who challenges herself. I could always count on her to be a role model in the classroom.”
In just her first year at Kent State, Wolford has already made an impact on the team and Head Coach Brianne Tierney, daughter of legendary lacrosse coach Bill Tierney.
“Jackie has already impacted our team in the most positive ways in her short time on campus,” said Tierney. “She is extremely fun to coach and it’s hard to drag her off the field. She loves the sport of lacrosse and is fully committed to excellence. Sons and daughters of coaches have a very deep, unspoken understanding of a childhood around a field and team. To me, the Michael Breschi scholarship reflects that profound bond between family and lacrosse.”
Established in 2007 to honor the life and memory of Michael Breschi, son of University of North Carolina men’s lacrosse head coach Joe Breschi, the scholarships are awarded annually to two high school seniors who plan to attend college and are the son or daughter of a coach who serves as a full-time employee of an educational institution. Criteria considered include academic qualifications, extracurricular activities, internships, community service, and employment experience. US Lacrosse administers the scholarships, with winners selected annually by the Breschi family.
Breschi says his family was overwhelmed by the caliber of this year’s collective applicant pool.
“After reviewing the many exceptional applicants with my family, we are humbled and honored to select Courtney and Jackie, who stood out as two amazing individuals and terrific students who exemplify a tremendous work ethic,” said Breschi. “Their combination of community service and passion for the game of lacrosse will help carry them as they enter their respective universities. We extend our best wishes to both Courtney and Jackie.”
To catch Wolford’s first season as a Golden Flash, follow along at kentstatesports.com and follow Kent State Lacrosse on Twitter and Instagram.