Senior Jack Ellis recently committed to Nichols College for lacrosse. Ellis began playing lacrosse at the age of five, and hasn’t stopped since. He said he chose lacrosse for its creative nature and unique history.
It was in middle school that he said he realized how serious he was about pursuing it. He made it onto the varsity team in his freshman year as the fourth attackman. However, only the first three attackmen get to play in the game. As that season progressed, an upperclassmen suffered an injury, and Ellis stepped up to fill the position.
After a very successful freshman year, Ellis and his team made school history in his sophomore year by making it to the state championship. Ellis himself had the most points on the team and won best offensive player of the year for Winnacunnet.
“I can't say enough good things about all my teammates,” Ellis said. “It was such a special group.”
Ellis said it was clear that he wanted to continue with lacrosse through college, so the next step was deciding which school would be the best fit for him and his athletic endeavours.
“I had talked to lots of D1, D2 and D3 schools over the years but as I got older it was clear to me that it was important to choose a good school and not just a team or program,” he said. “After college you're going to be left with a degree and that is what you can use for the rest of your life so that played a huge factor in my decision.”
After considering those factors, Ellis chose Nichols College. Nichols College, located in Dudley, Mass., just an hour southwest of Boston, is a private college founded in 1815. Ellis said he will be studying sports management, but because Nichols is a business school, it’s more of a business degree with a concentration in sports and athletics.
Ellis said when he was able to tour the school, he had an immediate feeling that it was the right place for him. He knew that he wanted to attend a smaller school because he couldn’t imagine being in a huge lecture hall with hundreds of other students, and he loves how competitive the school’s sports teams are. He’s excited to be attending alongside many other student athletes, who make up most of Nichols’s student body.
“Everything kind of worked out and the stars aligned so I knew it was the right place for me,” He said.
Unfortunately, due to the coronavirus, his team was unable to have a season this past spring, but Ellis said he is already looking forward to his final season.
“My role for junior and senior year is definitely leadership,” Ellis said. “I want all of our younger guys coming up to have a good feeling for varsity and I think we can do a good job of that this year. Really excited to play this year, all of the seniors have been playing together since middle school.”