Nashoba Tech’s Bavis to Play Lacrosse at Anna Maria College
Friday, July 06, 2012
The vocational school sensation is set to play at Anna Maria College next season, and says the coaches there think he can be an instant impact player.
"They told me they want me to play right away," Bavis said. "They're losing their entire attack from last season and bringing in a big recruiting class, but only two or three attackers. So, I'm really hoping I can contribute early."
Bavis says he is ready to begin the next chapter in his life, but admits being a bit nervous about heading off to college. While at Nashoba Tech, Bavis was one of the most prolific scorers in the region. Bavis led Central Mass in scoring as a senior this past year, scoring an incredible 104 goals and dishing out an equally impressive 54 assists.
While Bavis was putting up video game numbers, hardly anyone seemed to take notice. The skilled attacker believes this was due to a lack of respect for the league his team played in, and those same feelings fueled him to become a better player.
"I feel like our league always gets overlooked, so to have the kind of season I had was really special," Bavis said. "We definitely played with a chip on our shoulder, and I feel like we were always being underestimated."
For the third consecutive year, Bavis helped the Vikings qualify for the Central Mass playoffs. Nashoba Tech fell to Westborough in the first round, but Bavis said he took pride in seeing vocational rival Blackstone Valley Tech win its first ever playoff game against Littleton.
Now on his way to Anna Maria to major in Sports Management, Bavis has his academic house in order, but he says that was not always the case. His freshman year, Bavis was actually kicked off Nashoba Tech's lacrosse team due to his grades. This served as a wakeup call to Bavis, who returned to the team as a sophomore with a larger focus on academics.
"My freshman year I wasn't the best in terms of my grades," Bavis said. "Sophomore year I grew up a lot. I was really out to prove to everybody that I wasn't just an athlete, that I could take care of business in the classroom too."
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