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In the Crease: featuring Team USA Attacker, Alex Aust

April 8, 2017

 

How did you get introduced to lacrosse? 

My elementary school had a team and I walked outside after basketball practice to see them playing. I had never seen a sport like it before. They offered it in the spring so I decided to take it on.

 

What’s the first 90 minutes of your day look like?

I love a warm beverage right when I wake up, I normally drink coffee but I am on this Matcha tea kick. I try to make my tea and get into zen mode for the day. I'll put on my record player or some soothing music on spotify. I'll make myself some breakfast, either eggs or a smoothie and on an ideal day I start with some exercise. Normally I will practice yoga, nothing centers me more than a good workout and sweat. Once I feel I've given some time to myself, I will go to one of my favorite coffee shops, open my laptop and start my day. 

 

Growing up we're your a multi-sport athlete or focused strictly on lacrosse? 

I have played every sport under the sun when I was younger. I got my black belt when I was six years old and competed all over the country in karate tournaments. More competitively I grew up playing basketball and lacrosse. I did not know which sport I wanted to play in college until later on. 

 

What's your current stick setup? 

Right now I play with my US stick which is an Under Armour honor head, Rail stringing, and a composite pole.

 

How do you tape your sticks? 

-I tape my stick only on the butt, probably up about 5 inches. Nothing up on the pole, I need to have smooth transitions between hands and wherever I want my hands to be in the moment. 

 

What do you look for in your pockets? 

 I love a soft pocket that has great control but not too deep. I basically play with a tennis racket. I enjoy small amounts of whip and like to have a release higher on my stick. 

 

Do you string your own sticks or do you have someone else?

Under Armour strings my sticks but once I get them I put some personal love into them.

 

What would we find in your gear bag?

Soccer cleats, Beats headphones, Goggles, Hair essentials (hair ties, headbands, bobby pins), like 4 different kinds of chapstick, SPARK (advocare product that i've become hooked on), extra socks, sports bra, and spandex, and a sweatshirt or long sleeve (i'm always cold)

 

How do you feel the recruiting process has changed since you have been recruited to University of Maryland?

-The recruiting process has sped up immensely. I committed summer going into my senior year and girls are committing fall of their freshman year right now. Its extremely competitive on the coaches as well as the girls side. Girls are so talented and driven at such a young age. Their focus amazes me. 

 

What drove to to UMD? Were there other offers in the mix?

I knew I wanted to play in the ACC. I wanted to play in the highest level of competition possible. I also wanted to win a National Championship. But what ultimately drove me to Maryland is Cathy Reese. It only took one meeting with her to know that Maryland was the place for me. The history of excellence and championships that Maryland has filled me with immense pride and I wanted to be a part of something that great. 

 

What drove you to Under Armour? 

Playing at Maryland we used UA from day 1. We got the very first round of sticks ever created which was awesome to see our input to the growing product. Kevin Plank being a Maryland alumn always made us feel special with unique designs so it was a very easy decision to go with UA. I live in Baltimore and have always felt a part of their family.

 

What does your weekly workout regimen consist of? 

I try to really switch up my workouts constantly to keep my body guessing. I do weight training and sprint workouts about 2/3 times a week. I practice yoga almost every day but I teach yoga sculpt 4 times a week as well. I also love doing a sprint spin workouts to get my legs going once a week.

 

What’s a workout every athlete should be doing (but few are)?

Yoga!! It has seriously changed my life. I wish I knew the importance of stretching in college. It lengthens your body while creating lean muscle. If done correctly, its a serious workout that is a perfect compliment to all the strength and speed work we do as lacrosse players.

 

What was the toughest moment in your life? How’d it shape you?

Losing in triple overtime in the National Championship my senior year. We were undefeated and lost to North Carolina. It was a really tough way to end my career at Maryland and potentially my lacrosse career as a whole. It drove me to try out for the US team and showed me that if you truly leave it all out there, theres little to regret. It has been in the back of my mind pushing me to never feel like that again. 

 

What's your daily wallball routine?

I try to make it fun and creative. Using both hands switching as fast as I can, trying to hit the same brick each time. Getting fun and doing BTB or ATW and facing different ways testing reaction.

 

Favorite pregame/post meal?

Pregame meal: Bagels and Coffee! Maybe a Panera sandwich if its later in the day. Post game meal: Maryland tailgates are legendary so if i had to choose, my moms egg rolls, BBQ pulled pork, and pasta salad.

 

What is your career outside of the sport?

I do not do much outside of lacrosse honestly. I work for a lacrosse company that runs clinics, tournaments, camps all over the country. I am a yoga teacher as well which has become really fun to teach fitness to a completely new group of people.

 

What's the best piece of advice you have ever received? 

You can either watch things happen, make things happen, or whatever what the hell happened. The choice is yours.

 

What's the best piece of advice you could give to a young Attacker looking to have success on the field?

Work hard. Be confident. HAVE FUN! 

 

Most memorable play and/or goal throughout your career?

Honestly I do not really have a memorable individual play, but winning a National Championship was the most amazing experience in the world. 

 

What’s your favorite thing to do outside of the sport?

I love spending time with my friends and family. I absolutely love traveling and trying new foods. Theres almost nothing I wont try.

 

Are you superstitious?

I am not superstitious but I do like to get into my routine. I do not feel comfortable when I'm not doing exactly what I like to do before games. Makes me feel a bit out of it. Or in a funk.

 

Do you have any pregame rituals?

I always love to have a good meal and then lay in the locker room for a little. I visualize and listen to music to get pumped up. I also am someone who braids everyones hair before the game. I take pre game hair very seriously haha its something that puts me in the mood to play.

 

What's one personal and one overall team goal, for the 2017 UWLX season with the Baltimore Ride?

Well unfortunately I cannot play for the Baltimore Ride this summer. Making the World Cup team it was something decided by our coaches. I am super excited to see my teammates play this summer but will be training for the WC.

 

Where do you see UWLX in the next ten years?

I hope that it continues to develop a huge fan base and exposes how awesome women's lacrosse is. I hope it becomes a platform for girls to play fast, exciting, fun to watch lacrosse.

 

Growing up, who was your biggest inspiration? 

I was a huge basketball fan growing up and loved Michael Jordan. Actually got to play with him when I was younger and he played for the Bullets.

 

Who's the biggest character on Team USA?

Alice Mercer. Also known as Big Al. 

 

Favorite workout kicks? 

Under Armour Gemini sneaker

 

What's your favorite thing to do in Baltimore Maryland? 

Eat all the amazing seafood we have here being so close to water. I also love all of the fitness friends and classes I can take. I have so many Maryland and US teammates that live in Baltimore so its really easy to get together!

 

What's one thing most people would be surprised to know about Alex Aust?

Oh gosh I'm pretty much an open book but I guess the fact that I was ranked number 1 in the nation for karate when i was 10 is pretty random and people who do not know me wouldnt know. 

 

 

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