MaxLaxOC recently caught up with rising senior Nick Bauer of Mater Dei. Nick grew up in Newport Beach and has been playing lacrosse since the 4th grade. Bauer will be a senior leader on the Mater Dei High School lacrosse squad this season, and will also be playing football. He is without question one of the leading defensive players in the OC and also plays long-stick midfielder. Bauer plays club for FCA and West Coast Starz, and is currently committed to play lacrosse at Princeton University.
Bauer is an extremely engaging young man and comes from a family of athletes. Our conversation went like this:
Why do you play lacrosse?
I play lacrosse because, my brother introduced me to the sport when I was very young and I fell in love with it.
What’s your favorite part about the game?
I love how fast paced it is and how exciting it is to play.
Who has been instrumental in getting you to where you are now?
The support from my parents and from coaches all over Orange County have opened up a ton of doors for my future and have played a huge role in my lacrosse career. Coach Glen Miles (St. Margaret’s) and Coach Fox (Foothill) have helped me a ton throughout my lacrosse path as well.
What are your thoughts on the future of lacrosse?
I think lacrosse can only grow and get more competitive from here. With how much talent there is on the West Coast I wouldn’t be surprised if more and more West Coast universities began to go D1.
Where do you think the West, specifically Orange County, stands in relation to other typical lacrosse hotbeds?
Orange County probably has more young talent then the majority of the West Coast. With how many great coaches are coming out here more and more great players will develop. I also think the OC can holds it own against many of the top programs in the East.
Do you train (lifting weights, running, etc.) at all to get better during the offseason?
I play football in my off season so yes.
Where is your spot to shoot and work on your game?
My backyard or with a friend.
Thoughts on your team’s last season, and how you think you guys look moving forward?
Last season was a tough one but we are looking to bounce back. Moving forward we are all excited with our new coach, Johnny Rodriguez, the whole team can’t wait to play for him and we hope to make a playoff run this upcoming season.
Anything outside of lacrosse that you are passionate about?
Good luck this season Nick!