Washington Stealth rookie Ben Hunt has been playing lacrosse
almost as long as he could hold a stick.
But in December, he will get his first taste of professional indoor
For the past four years, Hunt terrorized opposing defenses as a midfielder for the Tar Heels, recording 98 points in his career. He was a two-time All-American and All-Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament Team selection. If that’s not enough, he was also an Inside Lacrosse Magazine cover boy (see photo above).
Hunt went on to play in Major League Lacrosse for the Washington Bayhawks and recorded ten points in his rookie campaign.
It’s hard for a 22-year old to figure out what the future may hold. Hunt is currently finishing school at the University of North Carolina, where he will earn his degree in Communications. “I want to get into business or public relations,” said the Maryland native. But he isn’t afraid to shoot for the stars. “I guess my dream job would be working as a Sportscenter reporter,” he said.
Hunt may also consider coaching the game of lacrosse in the future. He spent some time last summer as an instructor at clinics all over the country, teaching Washington, D.C. area youth at Bayhawks clinics as well as venturing to California and Texas. This coming weekend, the Puget Sound will be treated to a visit from Hunt and Stealth teammate Jason Bloom for clinics at The Overlake School in Redmond.
But for now, the 6-foot-5, 230-pounder is focusing on taking his lacrosse game indoors. His size, strength and athleticism will be a major asset to the Stealth this winter, and so will his enthusiasm. “I just can’t wait to get to camp and start learning and developing my game,” he said. “I watched some indoor games as a kid and loved the fast-paced, physical style of the game.”
You’ll have a chance to meet him this weekend at Breakaway Lacrosse from 10-11am on October 24, learn from him at the clinics in Redmond later that day and cheer him on this winter at the Comcast Arena. But before you do, here are a few questions to help you Get to Know Ben Hunt.
1. When did you start playing lacrosse and why?
BH: I started playing at the age of 7 so I never got to swing a baseball bat.. My Dad played in college at Farleigh Dickinson University so he got me involved with lacrosse at a young age.
2. What other sports did you play growing up?
BH: I played football up through high school and a couple years of basketball
3. What are your hobbies outside of lacrosse?
BH: I love being on the water going out on the boat with friends, playing video games on xbox 360, NHL 09' is a personal favorite
4. What is your greatest lacrosse memory?
BH: I'd say playing at Giants Stadium last year against Virginia. Even though we lost the game by 1, it was a memorable experience playing in such a huge venue in front of 20,000 fans and it was the first lacrosse game ever played in that stadium.
5. What are you looking forward to in your first season in the NLL?
BH: Can't wait to get out there and develop my game as an indoor player to contribute to the team's success.
6. What are your three favorite foods?
BH: Jeno's cheesesteaks, angel hair shrimp pasta from Franklin Street Pizza and Pasta, and my mom's crabcakes
7. What is playing on your ipod right now?
BH: Miley Cyrus- party in the USA, never gets old
8. If you are stranded on a deserted island, what three items would you bring with you and why?
BH: tough one.. I'd say a hammock because I love to sleep and I would not want to sleep on the ground. Next would be a case of water to stay hydrated. Last I would bring a flare in case a boat or plane passed by
9. What are your favorite sports teams outside of lacrosse?
BH: Huge Baltimore Ravens fan and I also like the Washington Capitals
10. What goals do you have for your lacrosse career?
BH: To be an impact player in the league and win a championship