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Youngest Jax is ready to contribute

Peter Jacobs says he isn’t intimidated being on the same team with 43-year-old Dallas Eliuk, defended by Brodie Merrill, flying in airplanes more often or living far from home and in a big city. Jacobs, 18, will be the youngest player in the National Lacrosse League when he makes his debut Saturday. And General Manager-coach Derek Keenan expects Jacobs, a left side forward, to make an impact with the Portland LumberJax. “He’s so smart and smooth,” Keenan says. “Good skills. Knows how to play the game.” Part of the Mohawk Nation, Jacobs comes from Akwesasne territory, located outside Cornwall, Ontario, near the St. Lawrence River and the border with New York. Akwesasne translates to “Land Where the Partridge Drums,” and it’s where the young Jacobs learned to run, pass and shoot the lacrosse ball. He played summer, Junior A lacrosse in his hometown, which he says includes only a handful of white people. His father is a carpenter and his mother “helps the elders.” After the Jax selected him in the NLL draft, Jacobs opted for the pros over college lacrosse. “I’m just trying to show my skills, do whatever they tell me to do,” he says. Jacobs recently tended to a hurt knee by traditional healing. He soaked a cloth with castor oil, heated it in the oven and wrapped it around his knee overnight. The next day, it felt better, although he still wears a brace. He plans to live in Portland with some teammates, rather than commute from Ontario. —Jason Vondersmith