Though he has had two seasons taken by injury during his time in South Bend (he missed significant time freshman and junior year), Gaiss has powered back for his senior year ready to help Notre Dame win that elusive National Championship. A talented midfielder out of Phillips Academy, Gaiss was a two way star for Steve Moreland during his time with the Big Blue. At Notre Dame he has been an important member of arguably the best defense in college lacrosse year in and year out as a defensive midfielder. His lacrosse IQ, athleticism and toughness have all made him a favorite of Notre Dame defensive guru Assistant Coach Gerry Byrne.
Austin came to the Clams program through the Littlenecks. We knew we had a very good one coming our way, and he didn’t disappoint.
Not only was Austin very good, but he was very hard working. While he was more of an offensive midfielder and even an attackman at times throughout his career as a Clam, he always showed a tenacity that could very easily translate to responsibilities on either side of the ball. When we learned his focus was to be more on the defensive side of the ball in South Bend, it immediately made sense.
Austin had an injury or two during his time with the Clams as well, he was always a portrait of persistence and perseverance before, during and after. This can do attitude made us certain that Austin would enjoy success, even at the highest level of the collegiate game.