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Spencer Au, a senior goalkeeper at Palisades Charter, announced that he has recently committed to play NCAA Division III Lacrosse at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, just north of Austin.

Au, who only started playing goalie as a sophomore, backstopped the Dolphins to a 16-3 record and the CIF City Section championship last season. He also has played club lacrosse with the Santa Monica Dragons.

Southwestern, which plays in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference, has been playing NCAA lacrosse since 2010. The Pirates currently list two Southern Californians on its lacrosse roster, freshman middie Zane Abbott (Poway) and junior middie Jordan Riggs (San Clemente).

We sent Spencer Au some questions about his college decision:

What was it about Southwestern that attracted you?

“Southwestern has a strong kinesiology major, and my goal is to continue on to med school. It felt like the best place for me on my way to that goal.”

What other schools did you look or consider?

“There were several who were recruiting me, including some East Coast schools, but Southwestern felt like a place I could call home for the next four years.”

Was there a turning point in your recruiting or college selection process?

“I played in several tournaments, but one in particular caught coach [Bill] Bowman‘s eye. From that moment on, he showed in interest in me, not only as a player, but also as a student.”

Only two-plus seasons as a goalie is a pretty short development time. Do you feel ready for NCAA D-III?

“From the moment I stepped into the cage, I worked daily, both on my high school team and club team, to make up for lost time. My [Palisades] coaches — Kevin Donovan and Will Manning — made sure that goalie was not forgotten as a skill position in our daily practices. I find the quickest way to improve your game is to never be out-worked, something that I take to the lacrosse field as well as the classroom.”