Speedy Santa Margarita rising senior Nico Houser earned a spot on the Gait Cup 2015 All Star team for his stellar play at the Gait Cup National Tournament in Gettysburg, PA. He was the only player from Southern California to earn a spot on the roster.
“Anyone who has seen Nico play has witnessed his dedication and positive attitude,” MaxLaxOC reported in February. Far as he’d come by then, Houser is at it again, breaking ankles and shredding net on the East coast.
According to its website, “The GaitCup is a national lacrosse tournament that has become one of the nation’s top tournaments for high school students held in Gettysburg, PA. It has hosted teams from across the US, Canada as well as the UK.”
At Gettysburg, Houser says, “The stands were packed and the competition was high level. Also, on my FCA USA team, I met some great guys from all over, such as New Hampshire and Georgia. It was great. You are also surrounded by historic places, battle fields, and grave yards while you are playing. I had been to Gettysburg for my 8th grade field trip to Washington DC. It was cool to play where I had been a tourist.”
FCA and Victory Coach Glen Miles was not at the tournament, but had this to say of Houser: “I have coached and admired Nico for years. He is a great young man and a terrific lacrosse player. Any college coach would be lucky to have Nico on their team!”
Coaches and recruiters at the Gait Cup were surely thinking along the same lines watching Houser play with his FCA team, and then with the Gait Cup 2015 All Stars. With FCA, Houser says, “I was able to lead the offense, play defense, and score. I got along real well with my teammates and the coaches.” With the All Stars, he says, “It was tough. Being a midfielder, you only get a few runs in an All-Star game. You just make the best of them.”
Tantalizing as he may have been for other coaches watching, Houser has his future lacrosse career set with Wagner College. The high school senior verbally committed to play Division I lacrosse for Wagner in Staten Island, NY. Gearing up for college, Houser has goals to accomplish with his last year in high school: “I want to be a team leader. I want to become stronger, faster, as well as focus on taking my game to the next level.”
Houser has overcome serious injuries during his rollercoaster ride of a lacrosse career so far. Houser remembers them and says, “My family and friends have been very supportive. Also, it is important to weight lift, eat right and condition. Vince Garcia at my high school helped me recuperate and regain my strength. Never give up. It sounds pretty simple but it is true. There was a point last year where I thought about giving up lacrosse but my sister, Grace Houser, who also plays lacrosse, helped me get out to the back yard and shoot around.”
Congratulations, Nico Houser! Tune in for more news of Houser’s summer lax activity, including the recent Legacy Invitational Tournament in Massachusetts.