Ask An Athlete: Jordan Shaffer

Name: Jordan Shaffer

Major: Business Administration-Marketing

Class: Junior

Hometown: Omaha, Nebraska

Favorite thing about lacrosse?

Probably the physical aspect of the game. When you get the opportunity to lay someone out, it really gets the adrenaline pumping. Also, coming out of a scrum with a groundball because it’s a little harder for D-poles to do and when you have the opportunity to scoop the ball and race it down the other end of the field, that’s pretty exciting.

How would you describe lacrosse?

I would say it’s a combination of football, hockey, and soccer; probably not quite as much running as soccer, though.

What’s your job on defense?

Main objective is to keep the other team from scoring.

You have a pair of home games coming up this weekend and one of them is against your biggest rival Creighton. Talk about that a little bit.

I only played against them (Creighton) in one game. They’re pretty scrappy and play dirty physically. Dordt kind of prides themselves as being a physical team. A couple of guys and I already scouted Creighton and they seem pretty fast and quick with the ball. It will be a challenge for us both offensively and defensively, but it should be a lot fun.

You came to Dordt on basketball scholarship. Why did you choose to play lacrosse instead?

Lack of playing time and I busted my butt in practice and it was a waste of time for me. Lacrosse is a lot easier to manage with time now. I think I am more passionate about lacrosse than basketball at this point.

Lacrosse is having a pretty rough season record wise. Thoughts on that?

The biggest thing is a lack of experience. We’re a young team. It’s up to the leaders of the team to get them going in the right direction. Hopefully we can pick up a pair of wins at home to wrap up the season.

Favorite sports team: Nebraska Cornhusker’s football

Favorite place to study/do homework? Preferably my room, but I seem to get more done in the library.

So you’re dating a girl from Northwestern. How do you explain that? (laughs) No comment.

Favorite class at Dordt so far? Drawing 101 or a film class I’m taking now. Marketing is pretty fun.

Dog or cat? Dog, definitely.

Favorite movie? Saving Private Ryan

To you, what is the most embarrassing thing that can happen to a person at Dordt?

I would have to say falling down the stairs in the library.

You’re stranded on a desert island. What three things you taking?

Lacrosse stick, lacrosse ball, and a lacrosse net.

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