Jenny and Beanie Lund have their share of typical sibling squabbles at home, but they are never at odds on the lacrosse field.
The sisters combined for eight goals to lead John Carroll to a 12-7 victory over Park for their second straight Association of Independent Schools B Division championship Thursday at McDonogh School.
All season long, Beanie, 16, and Jenny, 18, have been a practically unbeatable combination on the field. Beanie, who scored six goals against Park, finished the season with 43 goals and two assists. Only a sophomore, she led the Patriots in scoring for the second straight year.
Jenny, a senior, is the Patriots' playmaker. She would rather findthe open cutters than score herself. Against Park, she scored two goals to bring her season totals to 19 goals and 21 assists.
"When Jenny first came out, she was more like Beanie," said Patriots coach John Hughes. "She would just drive right to goal. Now her game has matured. She's unselfish. To me, the player who picks up the assist is the creative player. Beanie will develop that, too."
When Jenny has the ball, she'll often look for her sister. But Beanie has the speed, the moves and the shot to turn a midfield ground ball into a goal, too.
"Beanie will probably become the finest women's lacrosse player we've ever had at John Carroll," said Hughes. "She's just an incredible athlete. She's fast. She's quick in terms of thinking. She has the resolve to make it happen."
This season, Beanie has overshadowed her sister somewhat, but it hasn't caused any problems between them.
"There's a little boy up the street, who's 4 years old and he really follows us," explained Jenny. "One day he wanted to know how many goals I scored and how many Beanie had scored. She had something like six, and I had maybe two. He said, 'Don't you care that Beanie's better than you?' It really doesn't bother me.
Many fans have a tendency to overlook Jenny, because Beanie's speed and shooting are more obvious. But Beanie, said she wouldn't look nearly as good if not for her sister.
"Jenny complements me in what I'm doing out there. She sets up all the plays, and she's more of a smart player. She thinks through what she's doing. I just do it and regret it."
Each has played soccer and basketball since elementary school, but only Beanie had played lacrosse before she got to John Carroll. Jenny fell in love with the sport in the eighth grade after attending a lacrosse camp run by former Johns Hopkins coach (( Bob Scott.
Since that camp, Jenny has been devoted to lacrosse. She attended the North Star Camp at Dartmouth University last summer and plays fall ball in an Overlea league.
Next spring, Jenny hopes to play lacrosse at the University of Delaware, where she will study prelaw. At next week's Al Cesky Scholarship Fund annual awards dinner, Jenny will be honored for her athletic excellence as well as her 3.8 grade-point average. Earlier this spring, she was named the McCormick Unsung Hero Award winner for the Patriots' girls basketball team.
Both sisters are three-sport athletes at John Carroll, but this spring, the lacrosse team captains decided to try coaching. Along with Patriots' teammate and co-captain Kristen Hughes, they coach an 11-12 girls lacrosse team in the Bel Air Rec program.
"Almost all of these girls have never picked up a stick before, so I'm glad we can teach them," said Jenny.
"When they get to high school, I think they should be pretty good already. I wish we had had a chance to play when we were that young."