St. Bonaventure freshman Jackson Mullington started playing lacrosse when he was eight years old, and he said he quickly fell in love with the sport and the rest is history.
But his path to St. Bonaventure is a bit more complicated than that.
Mullington didn't have lacrosse at his high school, Sir Robert Borden, a school of approximately 820 students in Nepean, Ontario, and despite his pleas, couldn't get the school to start a program.
"I wish I did," Mullington said. "I tried on multiple occasions to get them to let us have a team, but unfortunately that didn't happen."
Instead, he had to train during the school year by playing other sports like volleyball, basketball and soccer.
"I tried a bunch of different sports, and I loved them all," he said. "I just like staying active. My parents always pushed that for me."
He was still able to play lacrosse on the club circuit for the Ottawa Capitals, where he was teammates with fellow future Bonnies teammate, Jack Almond.
And his experience in Ottawa, along with the opportunity to represent Team Ontario at the Brine National is where the 6-foot-3 defender caught the attention of Bonnies head coach Randy Mearns.
Mullington made his first visit to campus in August 2017 and was immediately blown away.
"The campus is beautiful," he said. "I really liked it, the surrounding area is awesome and the people here are really friendly."
Now that he's settled in and has a fall full of practices under his belt, Mullington can't wait to get on the field this spring and help bring men's lacrosse back to St. Bonaventure, especially under the instruction of Mearns.
"Coach Mearns has great energy," he said. "He knows so much about lacrosse and I think he's going to be the perfect coach for this team."