Q & A: Alex Beauchemin earning his spot

By Taylor Viles – 1851 Staff

Beauchemin began playing lacrosse at the age of 11, but didn’t transition to goalie until high school. Photo by: Taylor Viles

Coming into his sophomore season, starting lacrosse goalie Alex Beauchemin, 19, is ready to continue the work he began on the field last spring.

Taylor Viles: How did you get into lacrosse? 

Alex Beauchemin: I tried baseball for a year when I was 10 and was absolutely terrible at it…so I went out [for] lacrosse.  I fell in love with the sport… I stuck with it and that’s how I got here.

TV: Has lacrosse helped you get through hardships in your life?

AB: Definitely…it’s like having another family.  The great thing about sports, especially lacrosse, is you have to think to play this game. Any days I’m having a rough time at school or at home, I go to lacrosse…to clear my head.  I have a good support system built around me because of the sport.

TV: As the starting goalie for a playoff-contending team, what were you told in terms of your playing time when you first chose Lasell? 

AB: …Coach [Bill] Mason was straight up with me.  He said, “…how it works is, you earn your spot.  If you work hard…then you’ll play, if someone works harder than you and they earn it, they’re gonna play.” So going into it, I had no idea how much I was going to play, but I knew that was my goal, I wanted to play freshman year… I had that mindset going into [the year] that it was the spot I wanted.

TV: How much of an influence did lacrosse play in you choosing Lasell as your college? 

AB: …The coach we have here is an amazing guy, it’s like having a father at school…which is one of the main reasons I chose [Lasell].  Also…meeting some of the guys on the team, and meeting the captains I would have the next year [helped to]… sway me in the right direction.

TV: Describe your emotions during your first start as a freshman on a college team?

AB: My first start was the second game of the year…  I remember the two-and-a-half-hour bus ride down to Roger Williams and I was like, “Holy s***!”  It was all nerves and all butterflies…[eventually] all the nervousness turned into excitement… The feeling was amazing. [I thought] “I’m the starting goalie, I got this spot…this is where I want to be and I’m here, now I gotta do everything I can to stay here.”

TV: With a 6.55 GAA, you topped the GNAC last year.  What is it like to be considered one of the best goalies in the league as a freshman? 

AB: Part of it is pretty cool.  At the same time…I’m not a huge fan of my stats… Obviously it is pretty cool to have that accolade or that feeling that I can be considered as one of the better goalies in the conference… [But] I had to focus on playing because the more I thought about that, the more it took me away from playing the game.

TV: If you have a bad game, how is the support system in your team run to keep your spirits up going into your next start?

AB: I had bad games last year…obviously, that’s going to happen; it’s part of the game.  But…if I let in a bad goal or I have a bad game, [the team is] right there, they’re always the first ones to pick me right back up… [This attitude] drives the team forward.

TV: Has lacrosse bettered your experience at Lasell?

AB: Definitely. Coming in last year, I was a freshman at college [and] I didn’t know anyone here. Then, the second day on campus, everyone’s out on the field.  There are 40 kids out there and immediately you have a friend group… It was nice to have a family the minute I moved in.

TV: What are your expectations of yourself and the team for your final three years? 

AB: For myself I don’t want to be consistent, I want to strive to be better and better each game, each practice, and each season. With…the number of kids that put their heart into this game every practice, [and] the coaching staff; …doing everything they can to make us better players, a better team and a better family, I think we can do some pretty amazing things with this program.

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