Nick Bauer is the Defensive Player of the Week

 Nick Bauer of Mater Dei is the Defensive Player of the Week. The senior complied dominant statistics in wins over Mission Viejo and El Dorado.  The numbers speak for themselves. 14 caused turn overs, 31 ground balls,  1 goal and three assists. That’s an average of almost four ground balls per  quarter over two  games.  That’s domination!

As a coach I first saw Bauer when he played for an OC All-Star U15 team I was coaching. At the time he was a 6th grader playing with top 7th and 8th graders. By the end of the season he was one of the best players on the field against San Diego all stars. It was easy to see he had something special.   Bauer is listed as a close defenseman but does it all for the Monarchs. “He plays man up, wings on the face-offs, and shuts down attackman what ever we need he does” states Mater Dei coach Johnny Rodriguez.

Bauer is an outstanding athlete and played defensive back for the powerhouse football program.  He had the option of playing football at the next level but his passion for lacrosse has lead him to commit to Princeton University to join the Tigers lacrosse program.  When asked what he means to the team Coach Rodriquez pointed to the leadership, “He’s our biggest asset as a leader, on the field and off he’s just a great leader for our players and our program, its not just his play that stands out.”

Devin Arkison was a 3X All-American at Hobart College and is a member of the New Jersey Lacrosse Hall of Fame. He has coached Elite Level High School and is available for private training sessions at d_arkison@hotmail.com for all levels.  He works with players who have recently committed  to Notre Dame, Denver and St Joseph’s.