“Between the Pipes” Interview with Stephen Russo ~ GUARDIAN and BBL / Livingston HS Goalie

“Between the Pipes” Interview with Stephen Russo ~ GUARDIAN and BBL / Livingston HS Goalie

📁 Interviews, Uncategorized 🕔24.June 2015
“Between the Pipes” Interview with Stephen Russo ~ GUARDIAN and BBL / Livingston HS Goalie

Name:Stephen Russo



HS Grad Year:2017

Hometown:Livingston, NJ

High School:Livingston High School

Travel Team: Building Blocks Lacrosse (BBL)

Awards and Accolades: 

GPA 3.3 Livingston High School which is ranked 21st in New Jersey and 142nd Nationally

2016 Lacrosse Season Captain

2015 2nd team All State Sophomore / Freshman – by New Jersey Star Ledger

2015 All conference honorable mention – Super Essex County Conference

2015 All conference honorable mention – Waterman Conference

2015 Knuckle Down Lacrosse player to watch http://www.knuckledownlacrosse.com/?s=stephen+russo

2015 Top 10 statewide save leaders for New Jersey by NJ.com (270 total saves)

2015 Varsity save percentage 63.53%

2015 Ground balls 38

2014 Earned varsity letter in football as a sophomore

2014 Starting long snapper for varsity football team as a sophomore

2014 Earned varsity letter in lacrosse as a freshman

2014 Earned starting varsity goalie position for all state and county high school games as a freshman

2013 Selected to FLG All-Star Team


Do you like playing Goalie?

Yes, I really enjoy it.


How did you decide to become a Goalie?

In third grade, I was asked by my coach to step in and I never really looked back.


If you didn’t play lacrosse, what other sport would you play?

I would play football.

As a Goalie:

Why are you interested in competing in the Guardian National Championship?

I want to see how I compare to other Goalies around the nation.


What is your favorite “lacrosse moment”?

Braveheart – making a save then running it the full length to score the final goal.


How do you get yourselfinto the zone?

I listen to music to pump me up prior to the game and I do my “Hand Drill” to focus my hand eye coordination.


What do you consider to be your BIGGEST STRENGTH?

My clears.

What are you working on?

My alley and question mark shots.


What do you appreciate most about your defense?

They are there to protect me when I have the ball and clear the crease when there is ground ball scrum.


Why do you wear the number that you wear? Any special meaning?

I wear #10 because it is my Dad’s favorite number and I wanted to honor him.


Do you have any Game Day rituals?

Taylor ham, egg and cheese the morning of every game day and a peanut butter and nutella sandwich 15 minutes before every game. I also do my hand drill before the game.


How do you “shake off” a loss? Or do you…?

I first review the mistakes I may have made and then I review the game and reflect on what we can do better as a team.  Then I look to the next game.



Do you plan to play lacrosse in college?  What schools are you considering?

I would like to play lacrosse at the highest possible level.


What are your career goals?

I plan to major in business or sports management. I would also be interested in coaching l across to young athletes.


Who is the most influential person in your life and why?

I have many influential people in my life. My parents are always encouraging me to do better and work my hardest; it will pay off. I have been working with my Goalie Coach, Ted Glynn, since I was young and he is always looking out for me on and off the field.


Some of Your Favorite Things…

Favorite Lacrosse Drill:Hand Drill

Favorite lacrosse player: Kyle Bernlohr


FAVORITE DESSERT: Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream




DREAM VACATION?  Italy and Ireland

FAVORITE QUOTE: “I want to be remembered as the gut who gave it all whenever he was on the field.: ~ Walter Payton


Who is your favorite professional athlete and why?



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