Jake Bernhardt - Athlete - STX Men's Lacrosse

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Jake Bernhardt

#12 Team USA / Whipsnakes Midfield
Hometown: Longwood, FL
Alma Mater: Maryland


  • 2018 FIL World Champion (Team USA)
  • 2017 MLL Champion (Ohio Machine)
  • 2017 MLL All-Star
  • First player from the state of Florida to be drafted in the MLL
Why I Use STX

I wanted to be a part of a company that shared similar values and beliefs for myself. STX continues to perfect and is constantly developing or introducing new technology to its lines to put its players in the best position to be successful on the field. The STX Excalibur was also my first stick I ever used, so it's only fitting.


Q.   How old were you when you started playing?

A.  Summer going into my 5th grade. My dad signed us up for the Loyola lacrosse camp that was run by Coach Dave Cottle in Orlando. He eventually recruited me to the University of Maryland.

Q.  Who was your favorite athlete (any sport) growing up?

A.  Derek Jeter

Q.  What was your Play Huge moment in your career?

A.  Winning the 2018 FIL World Lacrosse Championships in Netanya, Israel.

Q.  What song is always on your pregame playlist?

A.  I love Rick Ross, but my pre-game song is “Throw It Up” by Pastor Troy, Lil Jon & The East Side Boys

Q.  What’s your favorite movie?

A.  Home Alone

Q.  What advice would you give to a younger version of yourself?

A.  Learn how to be a more dynamic dodger. Re-dodging was a skill I learned in college and has allowed me to take my game to another level.

Q.  Who is one person you (past or present) with whom you’d like to have dinner?

A.  Derek Jeter or Pat Tillman

Q.  Who’s your favorite teammate you’ve ever played with?

A.  My brother Jesse. We just have a connection on the field that can’t be explained.

Q.  Who is or was the most influential person in helping you on your way to becoming a professional athlete?

A.  My parents, they have taught the value of hard work and provided me every opportunity to be in the position I am in my career.

Q.  Describe your playing style in three words.

A.  Dynamic. Physical. Fast.

Q.  What’s your favorite exercise or drill to do while you’re training and why?

A.  Shooting over a cage into another cage. The drill reinforces fundamental overhand shooting skill and can be done in a ton of variations.

Q.  What’s your favorite pre-game meal?

A.  I prefer breakfast for pregame. Eggs/omelet, bacon and oatmeal if it's an afternoon game. If it’s an evening game, I will go with chicken, rice and vegetables.

Q.  Tell us your favorite motivational quote.

A.  “Mediocre people don’t like high achievers and high achievers don’t like mediocre people.” - Nick Saban

Q.  If you could play anywhere in the world, where would it be?

A.  Byrd Stadium at The University of Maryland

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