Josh Mauer

This week’s Orange Panther of the Week is junior men’s lacrosse midfielder Josh Mauer.

On Wednesday in Orange’s 18- 16 victory at Eastern Alamance, Mauer won 87% of his faceoffs. He also scored a goal and an assist as the Panthers improved to 2-0. The Panthers started the season with a 16-4 win at Rolesville on March 7.

“We’re looking pretty good,” Mauer said. “Hopefully, we can make a good run in the playoffs. That’s what we’re training for and preparing for.”

Mauer started playing lacrosse during his freshman year at Orange. It was his wrestling coach at Stanford Middle School, Aaron Carr, who encouraged him to try the sport.

“I’m loving it so far,” Mauer said. “All my friends played lacrosse. I picked up a stick and started throwing with them and just loved it.”

He says that also helps him when battling in the faceoff circle.

“It helps you with your legs,” Mauer said. “When you’re wrestling and trying to pin somebody, you drive with your legs. When you’re grinding for the ball in the faceoff circle, you’re driving with your legs. It’s where you get your power. Speed is a good aspect on faceoff, and you have to be fast in wrestling.”

Mauer helped Orange reach the state playoffs last season, where they lost to Northern Guilford in Greensboro. Later this week, the Panthers will play two games in two days. On Tuesday, Orange defeated Williams 16-2. On Friday, they won over Southern Alamance 11-10 in overtime.