By: Eric Coburn ‘18 and Kelley McLellan ‘17
Sport Editor and Associate Sports Editor
Adjusting to life away from home as a freshman college athlete is a difficult challenge, especially when they are a fall athlete and the season starts before anyone is even on campus. It becomes even more difficult if this adjustment all takes place in a completely different country than the athlete is used to. Freshman Lars Sund, from Stavanger, Norway, is a midfielder for Merrimack College Men’s Soccer team. Wasting no time in his exceptionally young career, Sund scored the game-winning goal against Caldwell in his first ever collegiate game. The Beacon sat down with Sund to get to know the talented freshman midfielder off the field.
How long have you been playing soccer for?
I’ve been playing soccer since I was six years old and in first grade. I did not even like it up until 4th grade.
How did you choose to come to Merrimack?
I filled out a form that I wanted to go to a school with 2,000-3,000 people in the Boston area. From there I thought Merrimack was the best fit.
What was traveling like?
I took a plane from Norway to New York, which is a 9 hour flight, then rented a car and went to campus with my family.
What major are you in?
Right now I am undeclared but I will probably declare Business at some point.
If you could bring one thing from Norway over to the U.S. what would it be?
I would have to say my friends. I would bring the weather too because it is way too hot here in the summer. It is a lot cooler in Norway in the summer.
Who is someone that has had the most impact on you in your life so far?
My dad. He always supports me and attends my games and has helped me when I switch clubs.
What is your favorite show to watch?
I watch a lot of different shows. If I had to pick a show I would say “Game of Thrones.”
What is your favorite food?
What is your favorite brand of clothing to wear?
I’m not too picky about what I wear because I don’t worry about what other people think. But if I were to pick one I would have to say Nike for sports and Hollister for outside of sports.
What do you want to accomplish at Merrimack before you graduate?
Just get the best grades I can and help my team win.