Once hesitant to move up away from her friends, Alie Jimerson graduated as the Lake Shore’s all-time leading scorer. Photo by Jeffrey T. Barnes.
Back in 2009, Alie Jimerson, a seventh grader at the time, was a young lacrosse standout on Lake Shore’s modified team that dreaded the fact that she was too talented to compete on that level.
Instead of making the jump to junior varsity, Jimerson wanted to stay with her beloved coach, Hannah Wawrowski, and best friends, Shelby Stevens, Danielle Williams and Savannah Jackson. But with a little convincing from her coaches and parents, she joined the JV team.
Jimerson would express those same feelings in eighth grade when it was time for her to play varsity.
“I was in seventh grade when they moved me up to JV, and I already didn’t want to do that because I wanted to stay with my friends on the modified team,” said Jimerson, who will be playing Division I lacrosse at the University at Albany next year. “I thought that if I didn’t stay with my friends that they would leave me out of stuff, I guess. So I didn’t want to move up, but my mom told me, ‘Heck no, you are moving up!’
“Then when they wanted to move me up to varsity when I was an eighth grader on JV, I didn’t want to leave my JV teammates.”
Five years, 314 points and two sectional titles later, Jimerson has made quite the varsity career for herself after showing such reluctance.
As a result, Jimerson was one of eight locals honored at the fifth annual All-CPOWNY Lacrosse Banquet, presented by the Buffalo Bandits June 17 at Ilio DiPaolo’s. Hannah Lease and Taylor Izzo of Frontier, Eden’s Molly Neureuter and Hamburg’s Jill Ford, Claire Herrmann, Lucas Shafer and Evan Hollfelder all joined Jimerson as she made her second appearance.
The five-year varsity star received numerous accolades this season and throughout her career. Jimerson was selected to the All-WNY first team for a third season in a row, and became a repeat selection as a US Lacrosse All-American.
Jimerson was also a finalist for the Tom Borelli Memorial Award. Additionally, she won the prestigious Tewaaraton Outstanding Native American Scholarship, which was awarded to her at the same event that her idols, Albany players Miles and Lyle Thompson, won the Tewaaraton Trophy, which recognizes the top players in college lacrosse.
“That was the best part of the trip, I thought, seeing both of them win such a prestigious award,” Jimerson said. “I was really excited when I found out about it because I knew I had healthy competition. I knew a few more girls that were applying for it and they’re really good lacrosse players, so I was happy I was able to win it.”
Long before she became Lake Shore’s career leader in points (314) and goals (208), Jimerson was one of the youngest players on the 2011 team that won the Section VI Class B championship. That year remained the best season of her career, until May 28, when she led her Eagles to a Section VI Class C crown to end her high school career.
“Well this year is my best year now, because when I was a freshman, I helped, but Lauren (Scanlan) and Vivian (Curry)…it was their time,” Jimerson noted. “This year we won as a team, but it was my time. I was a senior, and it means a lot more to me than when I was a freshman because it was my last time to get it and redeem myself.
“This one is a lot more special to me and it’s my favorite day ever now.”
She especially saw her career come full circle, as she was able to capture a title with Scanlan and Williams after leaving them behind when she moved up in middle school.
“Those are the girls I wanted to stay down for,” said Jimerson, who won a title in 2011 with Jackson, who has since transferred to Gowanda.
Lake Shore’s 2014 sectional championship also marks the one and only title that Alie shares with her sister, Jayln, who has spent her seventh and eighth grade years on varsity in 2013 and 2014.
“We took it game by game,” said Jimerson. “I’ve been on varsity longer than anybody and I can tell everyone wanted it. They wanted it as much as I did.”
Jimerson scored 51 goals and added 27 assists during her senior campaign. All of the accolades, records and scholarships that came with those numbers were not exactly part of the plan. The Albany-bound lacrosse star just wanted to help her team compete.
“The plan was just to make my career the best as possible, but I wasn’t keeping track of stats the whole time,” she said. “I didn’t have that much confidence when I played in eighth and ninth grade. There were two really good girls on that team and they were really, really good. So when they left I felt I had to step it up, and I did.”