John Jennings has always been a prolific lacrosse scorer. The Danvers native broke the single season goal scoring record as a senior at St. John’s Prep, and then repeated that feat as a sophomore at Colby College.
Jennings, an economics major, had a great senior year for the Mules, despite missing five games with a hamstring pull. He received All-American honors for Division 3 by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (honorable mention) and was selected for the Scholar All-American team by the USILA.
Jennings is the eighth player in the history of the Colby men’s lacrosse program to ever earn an All-American honor. To be chosen for the scholar team athletes must have had at least a 3.0 grade point average and either be an All-American, member of the North/South team, or an outstanding league player.
Jennings qualified in every category. He was chosen to play in the North/South Senior Game at Cabrini College in Radnor, Pennsylvania and was also an All New England and All NESCAC second team attacker.
“I was very surprised to get any honors because I missed games because of the pulled hamstring,” said Jennings. “I loved Colby, and I made many good friends there. It was a fun experience to play there because my teammates were great.
“We didn’t win as many games as we hoped to (6-9) and lost a few close ones, but it was a fun experience. Not every college student is able to enjoy the experiences you get from playing a varsity sport.”
The Mules were coming off a 9-5 season and hoping to build on it. The last game loss to Bates, 13-12 in three overtimes was indicative of how the season went. Jennings played in 10 games and started eight this past season. He had 37 goals and 5 assists for 32 points which was third best on the team. As a college sophomore he broke the school’s single season goal scoring record when he finished with 43 and had a team leading 32 goals and 2 assists for 35 points as a junior when he was also named All NESCAC.