A to Z with Jake Kirschner
Published: Friday, March 7, 2014 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 8:54 p.m.
SCHOOL: Oak Hall
JERSEY NUMBER: 14
WEIGHT: 170 pounds
Area lacrosse player I would pay to watch play: Tyler Baggett of Oak Hall. He's a great dodger and finisher, and he's really consistent. He delivers when we need it.
Best movie I've seen: “Napoleon Dynamite” or “Miracle.”
Coach and father Rick Kirschner's best words of advice: “Don't compare yourself to others” and “Get to the island.”
Day of the game, I do what to prepare myself? I make sure to eat something that won't sit in my stomach, so eat something good. I wear white socks at home and maroon socks away. And I triple knot both my cleats.
Easiest class at school? My favorite class had to be weight training last semester, maybe drama this semester.
Feeling I had after notching my 200th career point as an Oak Hall lacrosse player this season: It was the first goal in the (Tampa Berkeley Prep) game (on Feb. 27), and I recognized it like, “OK, this is pretty cool.” But then I had to think about the game. So it was short lived, but it was very cool.
Growth I've seen from the sport of lacrosse in the Gainesville-area over the last five years: It's taking off across the nation, but especially in Gainesville you can see it. All the area teams have gotten significantly better in the past five years since I've been here. And I think they're only going to get better with all these youth leagues around.
Hoisting the district championship trophy for a fourth straight season will take ... Playing our game on offense and the defense is going to have to play tight.
Interesting thing about me away from lacrosse: I'm going to start a two-year mission for my church when I'm 19.
Joker on the team: Alex Constantinidis, he has a very contagious laugh. It's very recognizable.
Key to improving on last season's 17-2 record and the first playoff win in school history? I think we're going to have to grow together as a team. We have a lot of seniors, but we were really close and tight as a team last year. I think we're just going to have to work on our team chemistry and just getting back into the flow of things.
Least favorite Oak Hall sports moment: I'll have to say losing to (Tallahassee) Maclay in the North Florida Football Conference Championship in football two years ago. We beat them 31-7 the first time and then they beat us 57-42 the second time at Maclay and basically everything went wrong. I'll never forget that.
My role on the team this year as one of the Eagles' 12 seniors: We had seven seniors last year and they did most of the leading, so I've had to step up and voice my opinion more. I'm still working on it, but I definitely have to be more vocal and just help people out on the field.
One person in my life who inspires me most: My dad, not only as a player but as a person, too.
Potential college major: Either civil engineering or architecture.
Quickest player in the area: Brad Pita of Oak Hall. He's great on the football field and lacrosse field.
Restaurant I like to eat at in Gainesville: Yamato or Satchel's.
Scoring a goal, dishing an assist or breaking up a play on defense: Scoring a goal is pretty awesome, but I'll go with the assist.
NOTE: Kirschner is a two-time first-team all-area performer, who has also led the area in assists in each of the last two seasons.
Toughest part of competing against much larger schools in the FHSAA's single classification system in boys lacrosse? They definitely have more depth, just everywhere. You get tired out there, because you don't have as many subs. But we're working on it. We're building a really good program. We had 20-something kids on the team last year, and we have almost 30 this year.
Universities or colleges I'm considering: BYU, Georgia Tech, North Carolina and Virginia. The first two are club, so I've talked to their coaches and I'd actually play at the first two. But the second two are amazing D-I programs, and I'd try to walk on.
Vacation spot I love: Savannah, Ga., to see my cousins or anywhere with a ski resort.
Why and how I started playing lacrosse: (My dad) just kind of put a lacrosse stick in my hand, and I really didn't have a choice. No, I've loved the game. I started playing when I was 3 years old, and I still remember playing in this little lacrosse league that we had.
Xbox, PlayStation or Wii? PlayStation.
Year I was born: 1996.
Zoo animal I like most: Any of the birds of prey because of their large talons.