Athlete Profile: Nate Orlowski

Sport: Lacrosse
Position: Midfield
Hometown: Raleigh, N.C.
Major: Criminal justice
Minor: Sports journalism
Year in School: Super super junior

What is the best part of playing midfield?
It’s both offense and defense. It’s a lot of running, but you get a piece of the scoring goals aspect as well as the hard hitting defense part.

When and why did you start playing?
I grew up in North Carolina. It’s very popular on the East Coast. One of my dad’s patients suggested I try it out when I was nine, and I loved it.

What is your favorite thing about lacrosse and why?
I have a few favorite things. I mean, lets face it, I love hitting people — Especially if it’s a Griz player. It’s not like what people think where you just throw a ball to each other and toss it into a net. Some of the guys can rip that solid rubber ball at 80 MPH at the goalie. It’s a very violent and fast-paced sport. Sometimes we will hang out with the teams we play after our games. It’s definitely fun.

Why did you come to MSU?
I came here in 2008 after leaving a boarding school at 18, then transferring from a college in Idaho. I knew it was a great university and the girl I was dating at the time went here.

What do you do to prepare before a match?
I listen to music. I have my own warmup playlist. I’m definitely not the best player on the team but I envision things I will do while I’m playing like scoring a goal or stripping the ball away and recovering the ground ball. I also enjoy getting my team pumped up any way I can. The more energy you put off, the better the team will perform. Fact.

Do you plan to continue competing in lacrosse in the future?
Yes. I plan to eventually transfer to the University of South Carolina to play lacrosse and study closer to home. As long as my college eligibility allows me, I will play.

What do you think is the key to your success as a student-athlete?
My team. I stopped playing for a while after high school and started from scratch again here at MSU. My teammates never let me give up when I was frustrated, drove me to be a better player and a better person in general. I owe every single person on that team a lot. when we travel to a different state to play a game, I don’t think I stop smiling the whole trip. The guys are hilarious and the whole team works very well together. Our coach, Mike Robitaille, pushes us all to be better.

Have you received any awards while playing lacrosse?
Not yet, but many players on the team have. Matt Richards, Ben Heisey, Paul Mariani and a few others have all been nationally recognized as outstanding players winning First-team All-Conference honors, and I feel proud to have shared a field with them.

Is there a person or quote that inspires you?
There is-that speech in Rocky that Sylvester Stallone makes to his son, that gets me motivated at any point in the day, lacrosse or not. If you haven’t heard it, you should look it up.

What do you like to do in your free time?
I play video games, ride my motorcycle, write, read, attend every MSU sporting event in that blue morph suit, and every time I’m home in NC, my dad and I go skydiving — I’ve been 24 times. I used to volunteer firefight as well.

What is your favorite class at MSU and why?
I’d have to say Human Sexuality. Why lie?

What would you like to tell students/readers about MSU lacrosse?
Lacrosse is not like field hockey and is not boring to watch. Our team thrives off of support. We play in the football stadium and would love to see some more people come out and cheer on the Cats, especially ones who have never watched a lacrosse game before. Our first home game is March 8 against the Griz. Our full schedule can be found at MCLA.us.