Best of Lax: Vote for Best in Another Sport

PHOTOS BY JOHN STROHSACKER, UMASS LOWELL, HIGH POINT, JOHN STROHSACKER

From left to right: Jared Bernhardt, Noelle Lambert, Davis Sampere and Pat Spencer have all thrived in sports other than lacrosse.


Welcome to #BestOfLax. Help us celebrate the past year of lacrosse by voting in 15 polls spread over the course of December. All voting will be conducted on Twitter (@usalacrossemag), and fans will have 24 hours to let their voices be heard.

For more information — including upcoming categories, rules and more — check out our introductory post to #BestOfLax.

At USA Lacrosse, we value the versatility multi-sport athletes bring to the table. Not only does playing multiple sports help athletes hone a variety of skills, it also helps prevent burnout and other negatives that can come from just playing a single sport.

These four athletes are the epitome of what it means to be a multi-sport athlete. Not only did they diversify their skills — they thrived.

Here are the nominees for Best in Another Sport.

BEST IN ANOTHER SPORT

For the laxer redefining what it means to be a multi-sport athlete.

JARED BERNHARDT

Three months after leading Maryland to the NCAA championship game and winning the Tewaaraton Award, Berhardt started at QB for Division II powerhouse Ferris State and accounted for seven touchdowns. Now, Bernhardt is gearing up for the Division II national championship game on Saturday. He won the GLIAC Player of the Year award, too.







NOELLE LAMBERT

Running in the T63 category — a classification based on the athletes’ level of impairment that featured above-knee amputees — Lambert finished in sixth place in the Tokyo Paralympic Games with a time of 15.97 seconds. That set a U.S. women’s record in the 100-meter T-63.

DAVIS SAMPERE

Sampere, a three-year captain and starting faceoff specialist at High Point who graduated with an MBA this spring, has discovered another use for his quick hands, firm grip and ability to exit scrums in a matter of seconds. A rookie tire carrier in the developmental pit crew for Stewart-Haas Racing, Sampere was called up to the NASCAR Cup Series on Aug. 22 in Michigan and this past Sunday in Daytona as a hired hand for Rick Ware Racing’s No. 53 Chevrolet Camaro driven by Garrett Smithley.

PAT SPENCER

Spencer, the 2019 Tewaaraton Award winner, is still chasing his hoop dreams. Now playing in the G-League for the Capital City Go-Go, Spencer is averaging 3.7 points and 2.4 assists in 12.8 minutes per game for the Washington Wizards’ G-League affiliate.

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