Q&A; -- Karri-Ellen Johnson, Broadneck, girls lacrosse

The Baltimore Sun

Johnson is a delightful three-sport standout whose best sport is lacrosse. She earned second-team All-County as a sophomore last year as a midfielder with 39 goals and 27 assists and has been invited to try out for the National Under-19 team, which will play in the World Cup this summer in Canada. Bruins coach Karen Tengwall calls her a "very unselfish player." Johnson, who also plays field hockey and swims for the Bruins, maintains a 4.0 grade point average.

Is it tough for you to play three sports?

It's actually very natural for me. I've always played so many sports in my life and in my career. I love to swim, and when they [the county] added it as a sport this year, I thought it was a great way to get into shape for lacrosse.

How important is lacrosse to you?

It is my best sport and also my favorite sport. I want to play in college, and hopefully I will. Some of the colleges I'm interested in and have heard from are Duke [sister Allie, who is her hero, plays there], North Carolina, Georgetown and Virginia.

What will you pursue academically once you decide on a college?

I have no idea what I want to pursue [laughing].

What is the Broadneck team, which is ranked No. 8 by The Sun at 8-1, like this season?

We have a young team and haven't yet learned to think for ourselves and automatically. We haven't made the transition yet, but we will.

What do you like to do when not playing sports?

I love to shop, am a big shopper, and hang out with my friends. I love going to the beach, and in the summer I go to lacrosse camps. This summer I hope to make the U-19 team and would go to Canada in August. If I don't make it, I will go to lots of lacrosse camps because this is the big year to be recruited.

What's the story on your name?

My name gets butchered a lot. It's a double-name [pronounced Car-ree]. My mom actually came home from the hospital and didn't have a name for me. So I was Baby for a couple of days. My dad gave me the nickname Puddy, which is what all my friends call me. You don't hear "Karri-Ellen" much on the field. You hear, "Puddy, Puddy" [said in high-pitched voice].

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