Saturday, March 30, 2013

Meet the NGE: Justin Stevens

Transition Player
Justin "Shub" Stevens
#16 Justin Stevens

Position: Transition
Shoots: Left
Height: 6'5"
Weight: 195

2012 Stats:
16 games - 21 goals - 17 assists - 16 pim - 38 points

When did you first start playing lacrosse?
I first started playing at age 3.

What is your favorite lacrosse memory?
My favorite lacrosse memory is playing with the Niagara-on-the-Lake Jr. B's for Darris Kilgour. A close second would have to be sitting in the locker room with Iroquois Ironmen for the season opener. Listening to Jim Veltman give a pre-game speech about what it takes to be a professional lacrosse player.

Who were your favorite players growing up and why?
Growing up I always looked up to the blue collar players, the defensive gladiator players that fight for a loosey in the corners and fight their way up the floor.  The Kilgours were the best role models growing up.

What does it mean to you to play for Newtown?
Playing for Newtown means a lot to me. Kind of brings me full-circle wearing my dads old jersey #16. I was ball boy growing up while my dad coached the men's team, so to be on the floor with some of the same vets my dad coached really is a privilege.

What is is like being a Transition man in a fast-paced league like the CanAm?
Being a transition player in the CanAm is a tough position to play. It takes a lot out of me, playing D then pushing the ball up the floor to play O. Playing CLax in Six Nations this past winter has really improved my offense. So I'm positive I'll be doing my part this season on our way to the cup.

What are your thoughts on this year's team and the upcoming 2013 season?
Our 2013 campaign is going to be our best yet. A lot of returning talent. Some players got a taste of professional lacrosse, eager to bring the style to Newtown. Players are working hard in practice ready to start this season off with a bang at the Kev White Tourney.

Congratulations and best wishes to Justin and Lacey on expecting a new addition to their family.  All the best!

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