May 29, 2019 11:35 PM
(ABC 6 News) - For Mayo varsity boys lacrosse head coach Adam Gibson, Jaxon Mollert has stuck out from the beginning.
When Gibson first saw him play, he wasn't coaching at the time and Jaxon was only a freshman. However, at that moment, he knew there was something special about him.
Now, Gibson has been Jaxon's coach the last two years and has seen him develop into the player he is today. He said one of his favorite parts about coaching him is seeing where he came from.
"This year he really rose to another level" Gibson said. "You could really tell his commitment to the game in the off-season had improved and he did really well for us. I mean team's had game plans for him and where he was on the field at all times."
Jaxon had a great sophomore year, but as his coach said he really brought the heat this year. What was the difference maker for the junior attackman?
"Basically being more of a team player, moving the ball around and working with my teammates better," Mollert said about how this year has differed from others. "Trying to put in extra work outside of practice, playing wall ball, going to extra practice that are optional and such."
His coach of course, sees a different side of it. He said it's mainly in Jaxon's confidence, and ability and knowledge on the field.
"Part of that is just playing more as well as being a leader on this team offensively for us," Gibson added. "When he had the ball, he knew he could score anytime he wanted. So, going out there and pressuring the defense, they knew he was out there and ready to play."
Jaxon is known for many things, including giving it his all on the field, pushing his teammates toward greatness and leading the Big 9 Conference in goals this season.
"36 is just a crazy number in only 14 games," Gibson exclaimed. "It's really cool to see that and going into next year he is going to be our go-to guy. We lose a couple big seniors on offense and he's going to be the guy we lean on in tough situations."
36 is impressive, but so is six goals in one game. Jaxon lit up the scoreboard in his team's game against John Marshall/Lourdes earlier in May.
"I had a little touch," Mollert said while smiling. "It was my personal best and I guess my teammates got me some good passes and I just put it in the net."
Many athletes play to superstitions and when asked if he had any, he chuckled and shared it had to do with wardrobe.
"I used to wear a lot of tights and I didn't do it at all this year, and I feel like that's been better," Mollert said. "Look good, play good, that's what I feel like."
In addition to leading the conference in goals, he also was a unanimous all-conference selection. As Jaxon looks forward, he also reflects on what he learned this year with the biggest lesson coming off the field.
"Definitely working better in the classroom, instead of on the field," Mollert confessed. "I had some bad attendance and I got checked by that and had to sit out a quarter and that definitely made me think about my actions and what I should do for next time."
Next up, Mollert's senior season which he said he wants to get all-section, try for all-state and get his team a bunch of section games and wins.
Mollert has done his part for the team with plans to do much more. This outlook and attitude is something his coach has taken note of.
"He's been an integral part of this team for the last three years and we're really excited for next year with him as a senior."
Updated: May 29, 2019 11:35 PM
Created: May 29, 2019 11:32 PM
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