Jennifer Johnson

Jennifer Johnson
Player - Class of 2023

Jennifer Johnson (“JJ” ) grew up in Brooklin, Ontario. As a player, she had an incredible career beginning with playing boys’ box lacrosse for the Whitby Minor Lacrosse Association spanning 10 years and then transitioning to the women’s’ field game as it began to grow. 

JJ played for a multitude of Provincial Ontario teams (both junior and senior) and then made her way onto the international stage playing for Team Canada in 1995 (as a junior co-captain) and as a senior in 2001 and 2005.

In between national teams, JJ played for Penn State from 1996-1999, being named in her sophomore year to both the NCAA Mid-Atlantic All Region 1st Team and the USILA Women All -American 3rd Team. In her junior year, JJ was a USWLA All-American-Honourable mention, Brine/IWLCA All-American 2nd Team, leading scorer with 73 points and a team high of 49 goals. JJ rounded out her senior year as team captain, leading scorer with 70 points and a team high of 47 goals. She led Penn State to the NCAA semifinals and was named Brine/IWLCA All-American 1st Team.

JJ was 3rd in scoring in the 2001 IFWLA World Cup and co-captained the 2005 National Team. She was named an All-World Team member (one of 3 attackers and the only Canadian), led all players in caused turnovers (11) and ground balls (28) and was ranked amongst the leaders in points (20), assists (8), and draw controls (18).

JJ then went on to coach as an assistant from 2000-02 at Cornell University, UConn from 2002-04 as a graduate assistant coach, a head coach at Vermont in 2016 and the head coach of the U19 Canadian Team in 2007.

Jennifer was deservingly inducted into the Whitby Sports Hall of Fame in 2017.