By Luke Christiansen
Team captain Joshua Neilson will complete his collegiate career this Saturday during Southern Virginia’s season finale against Bethany College.
“Josh is a great player to coach, and a great example for our younger players,” said head coach Jason Lamb. “We are grateful for the contributions he has made to our program and excited for what his future holds.”
Neilson hails from Turlock, Calif., and served a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Suva, Fiji.
When did you first pick up a lacrosse stick?
I started playing lacrosse my freshman year after my good friend Geoffrey Tribe coerced me to play.
What brought you to Southern Virginia?
I originally came to play football but stopped a year after my mission to focus on school and lacrosse. I stayed because I love this university - and I met my wife here!
How did you meet your wife?
I met my wife through my roommate, because he was dating my wife’s roommate. They introduced us and the rest is history.
What is your major?
I will be graduating with a major in business management and leadership. I decided to pursue this major because I have a keen interest in the way the corporate world functions.
What are your plans after graduation?
I have accepted an offer to work as a regional consultant for the company DealerSocket. They are a CRM software company based out of California that helps car dealerships improve their sales through the use of their software.
What was your favorite lacrosse memory at Southern Virginia not on the lacrosse field?
There are many that come to mind. My one all-time favorite is coming home from a lacrosse game and another player had a handle bar mustache drawn on his face when he fell asleep. He walked into a gas station not knowing this. It was hilarious to see the cashier’s reaction.
If you could send out a Tweet about Southern Virginia to potential student-athletes, what would you say?
SVU is a great place to grow spiritually and physically. Being a scholar-athlete has its challenges but worth it. I'm proud of my choice.
Besides The Fields, what is your favorite field to play lacrosse on?
I really liked playing at Randolph College’s stadium in Lynchburg. The fans are right on top of you, so you hear everything. It makes for a fun environment.
What’s your favorite restaurant in the area?
Mosumoto Sushi in Lexington is a great place to get sushi in the Blue Ridge Mountains.