All-pur­pose Bes­sel­man headed to Lafayette

The Advance of Bucks County - - SPORTS - By Steve Sherman

Buck­sLo­calS­ports Ed­i­tor

Coun­cil Rock South se­nior Chris­tine Bes­sel­man is headed to Lafayette rniver­sity to play Di­vi­sion I lacrosse. An at­tack wing who reg­is­tered 45 goals as a ju­nior and will most likely eclipse 100 for her ca­reer this spring, Chris­tine’s 2012 var­sity coach brica Heller­stein is quick to point out the other as­pects of Bes­sel­man’s game.

“She’s the player that can go down and score the goal when you need it but she can come up with the draw and do a lot of other things,” said Heller­stein, who has since stepped down at South.

“She can come up with a lot of de­fen­sive plays or dish it off to a team­mate up top.

“She’s one of our most well-rounded play­ers.”

Part of the rea­son why Bes­sel­man is such a com­plete player is be­cause she also plays club lacrosse. A de­fender for Phan­tastix, Bes­sel­man gets a chance to play on the other side of the ball for the Ber­wyn-based club.

Hav­ing played col­lege lacrosse at bast Strouds­burg, Heller­stein knows a thing or two about what it takes to be suc­cess­ful at an NCAA level.

“I think she’ll be phe­nom­e­nal,” said the coach. “She’s been play­ing at a high level [at Phan­tastix] – prob­a­bly against some of the girls she’ll be play­ing against in col­lege.”

Bes­sel­man fa­mil­iar­izes her­self with all po­si­tions on WKH fiHOG, sKH sDys, EHFDusH you never know where the coach is go­ing to need you.

“Lacrosse is a sport where you’re al­ways play­ing ev­ery po­si­tion,” said Bes­sel­man. “De­fend­ers can go on the at­tack if they have the ball and they see room to run.”

“vou need to be able to counter that.”

A four-year var­sity starter, Bes­sel­man was a ju­nior cap­tain last sea­son and will once again lead the Golden Hawks this spring.

“She made an im­pact on WKH fiHOG HYHUy sLngOH yHDU,” said Heller­stein. “She is D gUHDW OHDGHU Rn WKH fiHOG by be­ing able to make an im­pact at both ends of the fiHOG.”

Bes­sel­man has also given back to the com­mu­nity by en­cour­ag­ing the younger play­ers in the pro­gram and by coach­ing youth teams in the area, the coach added.

Among the high­lights thus far at South for Bes­sel­man was a goal she scored ODsW sHDsRn wLWK fiYH sHFonds left to help the Hawks to an 11-10 vic­tory over CB bast.

One goal that has eluded Bes­sel­man and CR South the last three years how­ever, is a vic­tory over North. The Hawks have beaten the In­di­ans just once in the 11 years since South opened and North has won all six matchups since Bes­sel­man joined the team.

While the Hawks went 6-1 over­all, 2-6 in the SOL Na­tional in 2012, the In­di­ans were un­beaten in the league at 12-0 and went 15-4 over­all.

How­ever, this spring may

be the year the Hawks turn the cor­ner, said Bes­sel­man.

“Last year, they had a ri- dicu­lous se­nior class – they all went to top col­leges for lacrosse,” Bes­sel­man ex­plained. “This year, since they lost a lot of se­niors, they have more of a young team so we have a pretty good shot at beat­ing them.”

With Chris­tine on your team, any­thing is pos­si­ble.

*** NOTES: Bes­sel­man also looked at Washington & Lee but picked Lafayette be­cause she felt it was a betWHr fiW, DWhOHWLFDOOy. ThH &R South girls lacrosse team is cur­rently coached by Ash­ley Muenker.

File photo by John Glee­son

CR South se­nior Chris­tine Bes­sel­man in ac­tion for the Golden Hawks.

Photo by Steve Sherman

South se­nior Chris­tine Bes­sel­man is headed to Lafayette.

Photo by Steve Sherman

Coun­cil Rock South ju­nior righthander Matt Walsh works the hill in sea­son-open­ing duel against CB West.

Photo by Steve Sherman

Coun­cil Rock South in­fielder Will Fac­cenda gets back to first base in time to avoid the pick­off in sea­son-open­ing duel against CB West.

Photo by Steve Sherman

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