Former Santa Margarita midfielder Nicholas Parrino (class of ’18) has officially begun his collegiate career on the MCLA level for the Indiana Hoosiers, and he said he is enjoying his time doing what he loves at a major university — as well as the flexibility he has while playing and adjusting to life at a four-year university.
“I love the lacrosse program here at IU because I still have time to do plenty of other things,” Parrino said. “It’s not a huge commitment of time, and I still get out there and have fun.”
Since the MCLA is a little less time consuming for players than NCAA programs, Parrino already has had a good chance to become more involved with what Indiana has to offer. For instance, outside of lacrosse he is a member of the school’s Finance and Consulting club.
The former Eagle plans on majoring in either Supply Chain Management or Finance, which coincides with his interests outside of the game. However, there are certain things he misses about living in Southern California, including the weather. Indiana has had to play its first two games indoors due to the predictably chilly midwest winter.
“The transition from California to Indiana has been very different than what I expected,” Parrino said. “There’s tons of things I miss from California that I wouldn’t have expected, like the food, weather and, obviously, my own room.”
These types of things can make just about anyone who grew up in the Southland a little homesick. However, Parrino enjoys his time with his new teammates, playing the game similarly at IU compared to Santa Margarita — having fun and making new friends.
“I just get out there and have fun,” Parrino said. “Plus, you make an automatic 60 friends from the team.”
The Hoosiers are off to a 2-0 start to their 2019 campaign, including impressive 18-3 and 20-10 wins over Iowa State and Ole Miss, respectfully.