COLD SPRING HARBOR, New York, November 13
BY: Andrew Wroblewski
How impressive is Huntington native Jay Jalbert’s lacrosse résumé? Impressive enough that he was named to the United States Lacrosse Hall of Fame during a ceremony in Baltimore, Md. on Oct. 25.
Over the course of his five-year stint with the Cold Spring Harbor High School varsity lacrosse team, Jalbert was named an All-Nassau County player four times (’93-’96) and an All-American twice (’95, ’96).
In ’97, when he made the jump to the University of Virginia, he helped the Cavaliers to an Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) championship in his first season as a Cavalier. Things only got better from there as Jalbert accrued two more ACC championships, three All-American selections (first team ’99-’00; honorable mention ’98), two All-ACC selections (’99-’00) and a United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association-Index Midfielder of the Year Award (’99).
However, the midfielder’s biggest accomplishment may have come in his final game of the 1999 season: he and the Cavaliers were national champions. Jalbert scored 31 goals and dished out 10 assists that season and was named the ACC tournament’s most valuable player.
Could things get any better? Yes.
In 2001 Jalbert became a professional in not one, but two leagues: indoors with the National Lacrosse League (NLL) and outdoors with Major League Lacrosse (MLL).
During his rookie season, Jalbert was an MLL All-Star – an honor he would receive three more times over his career – and in 2003 he was named the league MVP.
From ’04-’06 he received All-Star honors from the NLL.
Finally, Jalbert took his talents to the national level in 2006 as he joined the United States national team and earned All-World honors.
Moving away from playing the game that made him famous, Jalbert co-founded both Xcelerate Lacrosse Camps in 2003 and Maverick Lacrosse, an equipment and apparel manufacturer, in 2006.
No stranger to halls of fame, Jalbert was earlier named to the Cold Spring Harbor High School Hall of Fame in 1996 and the United States Lacrosse Long Island Metro Chapter Hall of Fame in 2013.
As it turns out, athletic prominence is something that runs in the Jalbert family – Jay’s father, Joe, was inducted into the United States Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame this past September in Ishpeming, Mich.
Originally published: Long Islander News: The Long Islander
(Thursday, November 13, 2014; A45)