Big Red Profile: Lara Hensler ‘22

Natalia Ibarra ‘20
Meet Lara Hensler’ 22, goalie for the girls’ junior varsity lacrosse team. Hensler has been playing lax since she was a kindergarten student, moving into goal as a seventh grader.
Natalia Ibarra: When did you start playing lacrosse?
Lara Hensler: I started playing lacrosse in kindergarten so I’ve been playing for a very long time. I was playing half goalie and half field in sixth and fifth grade and I switched to goalie full time in seventh grade. My cousin, Megan Ward, was a goalie at [the University of North Carolina] and my brother is a goalie as well, so I decided to try it out and I ended up loving it. I am not so tall, making it challenging for me to seem big in the goal, but I have a quick reaction time which is very important.
NI: What’s your favorite part about the team?
LH: We have so much fun before and after practices, listening to music and talking, but then when it's practice time and game time, we are all focused. I like how everyone cares about getting better. We play hard and do pretty good, which is really exciting.
NI: What are you looking forward to this season?
LH: I'm looking forward to getting to know everyone on the team and to building good relationships with them because I’m a freshman and not everyone on the team is a freshman. I’ll get to know other sophomores and juniors. I believe playing with the other girls is helpful because they are more talented, which help make me better for the future.
NI: What do you love the most about the sport?
LH: I like everything. It’s so fun and [I like] getting to know everyone on the team, having a good relationship with anyone. Winning games is so exciting, especially because everyone runs over to me and says “good job!”
NI: What do you outside of sports? Extracurricular?
LH: I do FCA which is Fellowship of Christian Athletes. It’s a small group but it brings us closer to God and we relate the Bible to the sports we play. We play games, such as catchphrase, which brings us closer together since we just have fun with it. I also play percussion in the orchestra which I find relaxing because it gives me a break from thinking about academics [and] we just have fun with it.
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