Another season, another challenge for Patriots' Lund

April 10, 1994|By Mark Hoeflich | Mark Hoeflich,Special to The Sun

Success has come rather easy for John Carroll girls lacrosse player Beanie Lund.

Since she was a freshman, Lund, a four-year starter on attack, has been a standout, leading the Patriots in scoring the last three seasons and to two Association of Independent Schools championships.

"When I was a freshman I just came on to a team that was already set, so I didn't have to push myself," said Lund, who was an AIS All-Star a year ago. "Then the next year when all the seniors graduated I just stepped up to try and fill in."

After a sophomore season in which she scored a career-best 52 goals, followed up by 26 last season when the Patriots moved up to the stronger A Division, Lund has become the player she was expected to be.

And she gets plenty of attention from opposing defenses. Several college scouts had taken notice and Lund chose to attend the University of Maryland next year.

Yet despite often getting double-teamed, Lund is not one to back down from the challenge of beating defenders, the part of her game that she thinks is her best.

"She loves a challenge and when she attracts two or more defenders she just digs down deeper to come up with something more," said assistant coach Anne Mundth. "She is the best I've ever seen in the three years I have been here."

Lund admits that her emergence is due, in part, to playing alongside good friend and senior teammate Krystin Porcella over several seasons.

Certainly both have benefited from knowing each other's game and Lund also said that there even is a little bit of individual competitiveness between the two.

"Porcella is just a phenomenal athlete and she picks everything up right away," said Lund. "We know what each other is going to do and if I see her come down the field, I can tell if she is going to the goal or if she is looking to pass. I think the competitiveness between us is always there because we are both so competitive TTC anyway."

Lund has tremendous shooting ability and versatility, and she puts a lot of emphasis on keeping everyone involved with the team, whether they are playing or not.

Among her best games was the AIS B Division championship game against Park two years ago when she scored four goals, as John Carroll won its second straight title. But Lund remembers that game for another reason.

"My sister was on that team playing center and we played well together in that game," said Lund.

This year with the Patriots (2-1) not as formidable as in the past, Lund finds herself having to do a lot more, yet she doesn't appear to mind the added pressure with 19 goals and seven assists through the first three games of the season.

Lund began playing lacrosse in recreation leagues before she made the Patriots' varsity squad as a freshman and she has spent much of her time playing year round.

She admits, though, that every part of her game could use improvement, especially with the move up to the college level next year.

Although it might be hard to imagine what else is left for Lund to do, she has her sights set on breaking her 52-goal season this year, to make up for what she said was not a good junior season.

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