Vancouver Stealth defenseman and West Point graduate Tim Henderson has been deployed to Afghanistan with the U.S. Army. (Photo: Richard Olson)
During his rookie season in 2013, Vancouver Stealth defenseman Tim Henderson was often relied upon to cover their opponent's top scorer. The 24-year-old now has a much bigger assignment as he has been deployed to Afghanistan for active duty as a field artillery officer with the U.S. Army.
"Would I like to just show up and play lacrosse every week and not have other responsibilities? Yeah, that crosses my mind," Henderson told Newsday. "But that's not a mature way to approach it. I signed up for this and it's something I believe in so it's a no-brainer for me that it's the right thing to do."
The shutdown defender played in 11 games during the regular season and recorded four assists, 19 loose balls and two forced turnovers. He played in all three playoff games, scoring a goal in the West Division Final, to help the Stealth advance to NLL Championship Game.
"They train us very well for our jobs, and I have no issue going overseas," Henderson added. "It'd be like going to practice every day for two years and never playing in a game. It's sort of the same with the Army. You get trained and you feel proficient at your job, and you want to go do your job and for us, that's being overseas where the fight is."
Henderson, a Tully, N.Y. native located just outside of Syracuse, is a May 2012 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and played four seasons of collegiate lacrosse at Army. Henderson was a two-time All-American Honorable Mention and was the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year in 2012 as a senior.