Editor’s note: We’re back with another installment of our Wolf of the MCLA series! Thanks to the support of Wolf Athletics, we’re selecting, interviewing, and honoring impressive student-athletes who are competing in the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association throughout the 2015 college lacrosse season. Each new member of the “Wolf Pack” will receive a Ghost shaft as an award for his accomplishments. We hope you enjoy![mks_separator style=”solid” height=”4″]
A complete workhorse and staple of the Tiger Lacrosse family, captain Josh Henderson brought his talents from the Houston suburbs to the shores of the Mississippi River in beautiful Baton Rouge, Louisiana for four successful seasons.
Last weekend Josh lead the Bayou Boys into the the LSA playoffs, looking down the barrel at Southern Methodist for round one. The first time these teams were to meet was cancelled due to inclement weather.
The winner of the LSA receives an auto-bid to the MCLA Tournament, unfortunately the LSU Tigers dropped the first round battle with the Mustangs, 13-7 on Saturday. Josh and his team now await hearing there names called for an at-large bid to the big dance.
Let’s get to know one of the faces of the LSU Lacrosse revival, Josh Henderson.
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Josh Henderson – Wolf of the MCLA
Full Name: Josh Henderson
Key Stats: 2014 MCLA Scholar Athlete, 2014 LSA 2nd Team All-Conference Midfield
College: Louisiana State (MCLA Division I)
High School: Kingwood High School (TX)
When you aren’t playing lacrosse, what are your hobbies off of the field?
Henderson: When I’m not playing lacrosse I really enjoy playing golf or just enjoying my time to relax with friends.
I’ve learned however during lacrosse season there isn’t a whole lot of free time between lacrosse and school.
Favorite shoes in your collection?
My favorite pair of shoes would have to be my Mr. B’s boots. I can pretty much wear them with anything but shorts and I’ve done that since I got them last fall.
What’s your idea of a perfect meal?
My idea of a perfect meal would be put grilling some steaks and sweet potatoes on the grill with a Caesar salad on the side.
Simple enough but it’s great every time.
What’s your main source of transportation?
My main source of transportation would be my ’09 F-150. I had to share a car with my triplet brothers growing up so I was pretty excited when my parents got me this at the end of my first year at LSU.
What is your pre-game ritual (if any)?
I really don’t have much of a pregame ritual. I try to stay focused but for the most part not take things too seriously.
I like to stay relaxed and have fun cause that’s what it’s all about.
What is one thing you wish the world would understand about lacrosse?
If I had to pick one thing I wish the world understood it would be that most of the people that play lacrosse aren’t “lax bros.”
I feel like since I’ve started playing there’s been this stigma with lacrosse that all the players are like that, when in reality that’s only a small portion of us.
Do you consider yourself a lone wolf, leader of the pack, or committed teammate?
I would consider myself a committed teammate. When I started playing this sport I learned quickly that you could choose to play for yourself but you would find it was much more rewarding to see your entire team win and succeed at the expense of racking up individual stats.
How many years have you been playing lacrosse and where did you find your start?
I started playing when I was in the 7th grade and I actually started halfway through the season when I was throwing with my brother before his practice.
His coach came up and asked me why I wasn’t playing and I told him I was playing soccer at the time. He said so what? You can do both, and from then on I loved it so much that I quit soccer and have been playing lacrosse since.
What made you choose to go to play lacrosse at LSU?
I just wasn’t ready to stop playing. I feel like I got here at a good time because the program has grown so much over a short period of time.
My first year here we made playoffs and have made them each year since.
Your scoring column was over double what it was last season, what goals did you set for yourself and for your team in 2015 and how did you accomplish them?
My biggest goal for this year was just making time to be able to play. I’m graduating in May and this has been by far my hardest semester.
Like I said earlier, we’ve made playoffs every year since I’ve been here so that’s wasn’t even a goal; it was an expectation. I wanted to help LSU win its first playoff game and I think we are in a great position to do that.
As one of the backbones of the Tigers squad, how do you plan to help lead the team in through the playoffs?
I plan to lead by example in these games by staying focused and minimizing mistakes.
We play a good SMU team first round and they will definitely take advantage of any mistakes we make.
What will is take from LSU to be successful throughout the post-season?
As a team, we have got to stay healthy if we want to make a run at the LSA championship. But we can’t even think that far right now, we’ve got to focus on one game at a time.
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Congratulations to Josh, and a special thanks to Coach Echols and the LSU Tigers for nominating him as our latest Wolf of the MCLA!