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North Raleigh News Athlete of the Week, May 1: Justin Mauzy of Sanderson boys’ lacrosse

Sanderson sophomore attacker Justin Mauzy set a school record for most points in a game with a win over Rolesville on April 19.
Sanderson sophomore attacker Justin Mauzy set a school record for most points in a game with a win over Rolesville on April 19.

Justin Mauzy plays high school lacrosse, and with the territory comes valuing hard work.

The Sanderson sophomore could remember how playing in middle school didn’t mean as much as it does now.

“(Playing high school lacrosse) definitely emphasizes the importance of hard work,” said Mauzy, who plays attack. “In middle school, … it was mostly passing around and goofing off in practice, but I now I know you actually need to work hard to succeed.”

Mauzy added when players reach the high school level, they’re actually competing for something.

That principle was on display when Sanderson played Rolesville April 19. The Spartans defeated the Rams, 21-6, for the highest margin of victory in school history, and Mauzy set some school records of his own.

He scored a Sanderson best six goals in a single game, and he dished out two assists. His eight points against Rolesville were the most by a Sanderson boys’ lacrosse player in the team’s young history.

“I think the team was passing really well, and I think most, if not all, of my goals were assisted,” Mauzy said. “I got some good feeds inside.”

And it wasn’t just a win for Sanderson. Mauzy said it made a statement.

The Spartans are playing under first-year coach Lawrence Davis, and Rolesville is in its first season.

“I just want people to know new teams, we can play, too,” Mauzy said. “Yeah, we are a new program, but we definitely can compete.”

Mauzy said Davis has pushed the group to new heights, which encourages this level of competing. Mauzy hopes Sanderson can compete with the top in the Cap-8 Conference in the coming seasons.

“I think it’s looking really good,” he said. “I think we need to work more in the offseason. If we keep doing that, I think we’ll be able to compete. We have a new freshman class this year, and coach is good for us. He was our assistant coach last year, so we already knew him. Most of us already liked him, then a lot of us are dedicated to the sport.”

Mauzy began playing lacrosse in the sixth grade after learning about it through relatives. He also plays club lacrosse.

“I just like how fast-paced it is, and I like how having a stick is different than any other sport,” said Mauzy, who played on varsity last season as a freshman. “I like how I got to play last year, so that got me good experience to play well this year.”

Jessika Morgan: 919-829-4538, @JessikaMorgan

About Mauzy

Age: 16

Hometown: Raleigh

School: Sanderson

Sport / Position: Lacrosse / Attack

Fun fact: Likes to water ski and swim in the summer