Jaiden Gaudet will be playing college lacrosse next year, which is great. What isn’t great is that he never got a chance to unleash his best stuff against the Cape and Islands League this past spring. The Falmouth High senior was one of the best-kept secrets on the southeastern Massachusetts lax scene and his senior year the secret was going to be let out.
Jaiden is the son of Jason and Brandy Gaudet. A strong student who spent his whole high school career on the honor roll his favorite subjects in school were statistics and English. He works several part-time jobs, including gigs at The Cape Club, Quick’s Hole and Old Silver Beach. He said his most-prized possession is his dog, Bandit.
Jaiden’s favorite TV show is “Money Heist” and “The Wolf of Wall Street” is his favorite movie. Lil Baby is his favorite recording artist and his go-to meal is a steak with a Caesar salad and ginger ale.
Jaiden was a two-time all-star in the Atlantic Coast League for the Clippers, earning first team as a sophomore and second as a junior. He planned on adding a third honor this spring.
How did you get involved with lacrosse? How much do you enjoy it?
I got involved with lacrosse when I was in 6th grade because of my dad showing me what it was. I enjoy lacrosse more than any other sport because of the contact and the fact that I get better or learn something every time I play.
What did you see your role being for the Clippers during this spring season? What had you done to prepare for it?
I saw my role as being a captain of the team and having my best season yet by putting up more goals and assists then I ever have, and helping lead us to a top spot in the playoffs to then push my team to win the Cape and Islands League. To prepare for this I kept my stick in my hands throughout fall and winter and worked on my footwork and weightlifting more than ever.
You’ve played a lot of lacrosse all across the state. How important to your development was playing more than just town and school lacrosse?
Playing more than just town and school lacrosse I would say gave me the most skill, as well as helped me understand the game at a higher level growing up and getting better advice from the coaching as well as being exposed to better competition.
Lacrosse is a very free-flowing game. When it comes to attacking the net, how much of what you do is planned ahead and how much of it is improvisational?
When it comes to attacking the net I’d say almost all of it is improvisational. The plays that are set up is the only part of the game that is planned ahead. Once I get the ball and go to the cage I judge and pick apart the defense however they’re set.
How did you feel when you found out your senior season would not be played?
When I found out that my senior season would not be played this year I was definitely heartbroken. This year was the year I’ve looked forward to since I first started playing the game, and I think we had a lot of potential this year. I put in a lot of work this year to prepare for this season, which I’m sad will not be put to use. In the end it will all pay off for college ball and I’m going to stay working harder than ever.
If you could replay one game that you have played in, which one would it be and why?
If I could replay one game that I’ve played in it would definitely be the Division 2 South sectional final when we played Scituate my sophomore year. If I could replay a game it would be this one because we lost the game by one goal with just seconds left. I only contributed to that game with a goal and two assists, and I wish I could go back with the mindset and skill I have now to help my team get the win we worked for that whole season.
What do you consider the highlight of your athletic career so far?
The highlight of my career so far is when we played Oliver Ames my sophomore year in the Division 2 South semifinal. I had four goals and two assists, which was the first time I realized my skill and put it on display. From that game on I proved to my team and myself that I deserve to play at the next level.
Who is the best teammate that you’ve ever played with? What makes that person stand out?
Nick Champani is the best teammate that I’ve ever played with. He is because we have played on the same club teams since 6th grade and when we’re on the field together it’s like we have a connection. Not only that, but when one of us is down we pick each other up, and if one of us is having an unreal game we make sure to let each other know, it’s all good energy.
Do you have any sports-related superstitions?
Yes, I do have some sports-related superstitions. Before every game I put headphones on and listen to the same three songs before getting out of the locker room. Then I tie my left cleat tighter than my right because I broke my left ankle when I was younger. Then right before the game I pull my right elbow pad up my arm and zone in.
What’s the most important thing you’ve learned from playing sports?
The most important thing I’ve learned from playing sports is that hard work really does pay off. As I’ve gotten older and wiser I have realized that not only in sports but in life whatever effort you put into things is going to affect the outcome of what you want.
Who has been your inspiration?
My inspiration has been my father. He has pushed me to be the best I can be in all aspects of life and has always sacrificed as much as he possibly could to make sure myself and the rest of my family is happy. My dad has always trusted my abilities and everything I do is to make him proud. I have always looked up to him and hope to be like him when I’m older.
Is there anyone you would like to thank?
I would like to thank my whole family for supporting me ever since I started playing as well as all my coaches over the years, especially Rory Morse, Ryan Murphy and Billy Philpot.
When quarantine life is over, what is the thing you are most looking forward to doing?
When quarantine is over the thing I am most looking forward to doing is getting to see everyone that I am close to that I have not been able to see as well as getting to go out to eat with my family.
What’s the biggest difference between you as a senior and as a freshman? If you could go back, what advice would you give to your freshman self?
The difference between me as a senior and as a freshman is definitely my mindset and body. When I was a freshman I was scared to get on the field and was on the smaller side. If I could go back I would tell myself to stay positive and to have the will to get better everyday.
What is something about you that people would be surprised to learn?
Something about me that people would be surprised to learn is that I am very into videography.
If you could switch places with one person for a week, who would it be and what would you want to do?
If I could switch places with one person for a week it would be LeBron James. What I would want to do is create change and inspire others to be the best version of themselves.
Describe your idea of the perfect day.
My idea of the perfect day is to wake up early, hit a workout and go for a run, then go to the beach with friends and watch the sunset.
What are your post-high-school plans?
In the fall I will be attending Springfield College to study business and further my lacrosse career.
Where will you be in 10 years, and what will you be doing?
In 10 years I will be running my own business and living a happy life.