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With schools closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the high school sports season suspended, seniors who play spring sports are missing out on their final athletic opportunities. With that in mind, each week during the spring the Shore Sports Network will feature a senior athlete who would normally be making headlines on the field, diamond, track, golf course, tennis court or volleyball court. Each athlete will receive a $25 Jersey Mike’s gift card as the iconic Jersey Shore business continues its support of Shore Conference athletics.

Photo by Chris Rice. Artwork by Steve Meyer/Townsquare Media NJ
Photo by Chris Rice. Artwork by Steve Meyer/Townsquare Media NJ 

Athlete: Jordan Johnson

School: Rumson-Fair Haven

Spring Sport: Lacrosse

Position: Midfield

Bio: Johnson was a first-team All-Shore selection and a first-team Class B North selection by the coaches for a junior season where she helped Rumson-Fair Haven continues its historic dominance over the Shore Conference. A versatile midfielder, Johnson scored 30 goals and added 21 assists, picked up 31 ground balls and was stout in the circle with 82 draw controls. With Johnson contributing to Rumson’s attack, the Bulldogs won their seventh consecutive Shore Conference Tournament title and extended its Shore Conference winning streak to 121 games.

Other sports: “I played soccer and basketball freshman and sophomore year. I developed a stress fracture during soccer season and once that healed I decided to focus solely on lacrosse my junior year.”

College plans: “I will be attending the University of Colorado and will play lacrosse there.”

How are you staying in shape/practicing your sport: “Every day I do wall ball to maintain my stick skills and I practice shooting. My older brother plays lacrosse so I often have a catch with him. To stay in shape I have been running, using a ladder for footwork and doing workouts indoors to maintain my strength. Val Barnaby, my trainer, has been doing online classes which I’ve been taking to continue training during this time at home.”

Hardest part of being out of school/sports: “The hardest part of being out of school and sports is to be missing the memories that I would be making with my friends and my teammates during this time. It’s really hard knowing there’s only a few more months until my friends and I head off to college and right now we can’t spend that time together because we’re stuck at home. Losing my senior lacrosse season has been one of the hardest things to come to terms with. Right now there’s still a possibility that we will play a shortened season and that’s what I’m holding on to. There were so many goals that my teammates and myself had individually and collectively and it’s hard knowing we may not get a chance to achieve them together.”

One positive that has come from having to stay home: “Having some time to relax and take care of myself has been a positive.”

Favorite stay-at-home activity: “Doing puzzles with my family has become one of my favorite activities at home.”

Coach’s corner: “Jordan is a super dynamic player to watch on the field, always working hard and is a key, important player for us all over the field, especially between the restraining lines and in transition. She has incredible fight and determination, and that combined with toughness, speed and her athletic ability always finds a way of getting us possession of the ball. She has a very calm but extremely productive field character, a fun competitive spirit and is an extraordinary all-around team player!!” – Rumson-Fair Haven head coach Amy O’Keefe.


Check out some photos of Rumson-Fair Haven's girls lacrosse team from the 2019 season



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