Jackson Morrill is a four-year varsity player and captain for the Eagles this season. He has been ranked among the best attackman nationally since his freshman year at McDonogh. A stellar student, Morrill has committed to Yale. His older brother, Zeke (Gilman), is a sophomore attackman at Georgetown.
PressBox: Who was your biggest influence with lacrosse growing up?
Jackson Morrill: The two most influential people for me have been my dad and my older brother, Zeke. I never truly appreciated my dad's vast knowledge of the game until I was much older and could then understand how much it impacted me as a kid. Growing up, going to Zeke's games and picking up little mannerisms and tricks that he used was invaluable.
PB: What are the biggest challenges of playing in such a tough league like the MIAA A Conference? What does McDonogh have to do better to win the title this season?
JM: The biggest challenge is definitely that there are no games off in this league. Also, it's a challenge because the Baltimore lacrosse community is so close that everyone is familiar with each other and their tendencies. An improvement from last year will be staying the course for the duration of the season and understanding while a win in March is important, wins in May are truly the ultimate goal.
PB: What type of leadership responsibility comes with being named captain?
JM: For the captains and seniors, the biggest challenge will be making sure every member of the team is ready for every practice and game while keeping in mind that the underclassmen are watching everything we do.
PB: How do you effectively balance academics and athletics?
JM: Balancing athletics and academics is definitely a challenge considering athletics is much more fun. However, I think knowing that lacrosse can only take me so far and will not last forever is what helps drive me in school.
PB: How will your experience as a student at McDonogh prepare you for Yale?
JM: I think the way that McDonogh has taught me to manage my time will be the most valuable thing I take into my freshman year.