High School Q&A with Souhegan’s Behn

Telegraph photo by TOM KING Souhegan's Savannah Behn gets a shot off at an open net despite the defense of Bishop Guertin's Sydney Todd during Tuesday night's key Division I clash at Stellos Stadium.

The fact that she was a junior captain last fall on a girls soccer team with nine seniors should explain brilliantly the impact Savannah Behn has on Souhegan High athletics.

The 4.0 student is already back at it again, leading the offense for the 2-0-1 Sabers with plenty on her mind.

First, there is this season. And then there is her ultimate future, which lies in lacrosse.

Behn took a few minutes after she netted a pair of goals in Wednesday’s 4-0 win at Pelham to talk soccer, family vacations and the favorite college of Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens.

So the team is off to a pretty solid start?

“We have a lot of new talent that’s really good. Our team could build into a really good team.”

A captain for two seasons in soccer. That sounds like a lot of pressure?

“Some may think of leadership as a burden. I like it. It lights a spark under me to not only lift myself up but lift others up as well. Graduating nine seniors, we lost eight starters and I want to be sure I can lead people and let them know they can contribute on the field with this team. It has to start with someone, it should start with me. With our other captain, Meg (Tupaj) in the back, it works out great. I’m up the top and together we control everything in the middle.”

So, it’s going to be lacrosse, not soccer in college?

“I’ve committed to play college lacrosse in Division 1 at Butler University in Indiana. It has great academics, and I loved the program. It’s a new program, up and coming. I wanted to be one of the ones to help get it started. And I loved the area. At first I was like, Indiana? It wasn’t really my spot, but when I got on the campus, I loved the place. It’s beautiful, kind of like New Hampshire, a home away from home, which is nice.”

Any other siblings in college sports?

“My brother Cam is on the track team at Assumption, and my sister Taylor played lacrosse one year at Albany and then played at Eastern Connecticut.”

Interesting. You kept playing multiple sports and still earned a scholarship? That’s impressive. Why did you keep playing soccer?

“Soccer was my first sport. I started out when I was like three years old. I aspired and I loved it. It was a really hard decision to see which one I wanted to play in college. Soccer is something I couldn’t shy away from because it’s a bit of a break from lacrosse. It’s good to do dual sports and keep your head on the different aspects of each.”

So I know coach Dan Wyborney made sure you guys kept busy in the summer, getting ready for the season. But it’s the last summer during high school for you. What did you do for fun?

“I traveled and had some fun. My family went to Las Vegas. It’s very busy. It had a lot of people but they had cool shows and stuff. It was fun. I also went to Butler for a camp. I got to meet all the other recruits from my grade. I loved them. It was great. And I had a job in the snack shack at Amherst Country Club, selling candy and stuff. I didn’t play golf at all. It’s not my sport.”