Madeira lacrosse goalie Ingrid Boyum both coaches and referees her favorite sport. She'll be playing for the Naval Academy next year. WUSA 9
MCLEAN, Va. (WUSA 9) -- Student athletes excel at sports for different reasons: skill level, passion or sometimes it's both. Add to that those intangibles you always hear about in sports and you have Madeira's lacrosse goalie, Ingrid Boyum.
During games, you can't see Ingrid's face behind her goalie mask, but there's no denying the passion the senior captain has for lacrosse.
"I love lacrosse. I wake up and I think -- how lucky am I that I get to go play this awesome sport every day," said Ingrid.
Her coach, Katie Lamade, says the recent graduate takes her lacrosse leadership very seriously.
"Ingrid's been a fantastic captain, leader. She's the type of girl who works really hard both on and off the field both to improve her play and to improve her leadership skills," said Lamade.
Ingrid, who will play at the Naval Academy next year, takes that skill and passion she uses in-goal for Madeira school and shares it with a younger set of lacrosse players. She's a certified youth instructor and referee.
"I started reffing last year because I was looking for a way to learn the rules better in the high school game, and I reffed all the way from middle school down to kindergarten," said Ingrid.
She also completed an internship with Fields of Growth, a non-profit trying to make a positive social impact in developing countries. One of its missions, is to grow the game, something Ingrid does naturally.
"I love helping and coaching and teaching and sharing my passion with other kids," said Ingrid. "In coaching I get to form a personal relationship with the players and kind of serve as a role model to them and show them that if you work hard you can go accomplish things."