In this week’s episode of the Lax Goalie Rat Podcast coach Damon sits down to chat with Hofstra starting goalie Mac Gates.
Mac is a native of San Francisco, CA. Not known as a hotbed but the west coast is starting to pump out elite goaltenders with names like Will Mark, Sophia LeRose, Cole French, and Sam Fish all claiming California as home.
Prior to arriving at Hofstra Mac played his high school lacrosse at Saint Ignatius Prep one of the top high school programs on the west coast. During his time at SI, he won three WCAL championships and was a 4x All-WCAL first-team selection.
While it’s taken some time for Mac to earn the starting role at Hofstra since taking the gig this season Gates has looked incredible.
In his first season as the Pride’s starting netminder Gates was named to the All-Colonial Athletic Association Second team finishing with a 10.96 GAA, .523 save % with 12 saves per game, and 180 saves in total (11th in D1). Gates had double-digit saves in 12 games for the Pride, including a career-high 18 saves against Fairfield, and he posted a personal-best .733 save percentage against Manhattan in an 8-4 victory.
Mac is also one of the original protégés of Goaliesmith and he discusses how Goaliesmith co-founder Andrew Gvozden has played a huge role in his development as a goalie on and off the field.
Mac joins the show today to talk about why they call him Mac instead of Jarvis, growing up playing lacrosse in California, preparing to be the starting goalie at Hofstra, breaking out of a slump, and much more!
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