Bailey Lower has dominated at the high school level through her first two varsity seasons. The junior lacrosse star has paced a strong Nantucket girls lacrosse program with 134 goals and 60 assists for 194 points in 31 games during that span. She was particularly dominant last spring when she scored 84 goals and added 43 assists in just 19 games for the Whalers, helping lead the program to a final four appearance.
Lower said she will continue her high school career at Nantucket and while her commitment to Vanderbilt's Div. I lacrosse program won't be official until she signs her National Letter of Intent, she has wanted to become a Commodore ever since she first stepped foot on their campus last December.
"I love the way that the team is so close," Lower said. "Everyone loves each other. The coaches are so nice and supporting of everyone, and of course the amazing academics and beautiful campus."
As Lower reflects on this significant step in her recruitment process, she says she is particularly appreciative of her parents, Jami and Dave, along with varsity assistant coach Paul Cronin, who has been step-father figure to Lower, for all they have done from raising her to taking her on recruitment trips to coaching her and attending her games over the years. She also thanked her friends and other coaches for all the support and guidance they have given her.
Lower said while she will continue to primarily focus on her development as a lacrosse player, she also plans to continue playing hockey for the girl's varsity team this winter.
"I am very, very excited," Lower said of the upcoming hockey season after scoring a team-high 20 goals last winter. "I love to see this team building and growing having been a part of it since the beginning (first season of the program's existence was 2019)."
Lower said becoming stronger while continuing her year-round lacrosse training at an even more intense level is what she will be focusing on this year.
"This is only the beginning," she said. "I would like to improve my dodging more and my overall IQ. I am working hard every day to become a better player for when I finally get to Vanderbilt."
Lower said the recruitment process has been an excellent experience.
"It is an honor to have committed already, but I really did enjoy the process," Lower said. "It was really cool to contact all those coaches and learn about a bunch of schools across the country. I am relieved, but I am thankful to have had the opportunity to go through the process."