Beth (Liesen) Lagunas

Inducted 2010.  On the Short List of Those Who Would be Considered Among the Greatest Female Athletes in School History.

Quincy Notre Dame has seen many female athletes excel over the years, but Lagunas is on the short list of those who would be considered among the greatest female athlete in school history.

Lagunas, a 2000 QND graduate, recorded a school-record 2,516 assists as a setter on the volleyball team and helped the Lady Raiders take first place in the state tournament during her junior season and place second during her senior season. She’s the all-time leading scorer in the history of the girls soccer program with 169 goals, and her teams went 89-8-7 during her four years on the varsity. As a senior, she scored 59 goals and helped QND win its first 27 games on its way to placing fourth in the state tournament. She also was a three-year starter in basketball. She averaged 8 points as a junior and 10 ppg as a senior, helping the Lady Raiders reach the Class A state tournament during her junior year.

Lagunas went on to score more goals (62) in her four-year career than any other women’s soccer player in the history of Eastern Illinois or the Ohio Valley Conference. She was part of four OVC championship teams during her playing career, helping EIU capture the regular-season crown in 2000 and the first three of four straight tourney titles from 2001-04. Lagunas tied the EIU single-season record with 20 goals as a senior, capping a four-year career that saw her develop from the 2000 OVC Freshman of the Year into the OVC Player of the Year and Tournament MVP in 2003

Lagunas married her college sweetheart, Julian, in May 2008. She now teaches in the Crete-Monee School District.

I would like to thank the QND Hall of Fame Committee, as I feel very humbled to be receiving this honor. I am so thankful to have had the opportunioty to be a multi-sport athlete at QND. My greatest memories of high school are those moments on the court and field. I would like to thank the student body, especially “Table 9,” for all the support and for making each game special. You were the greatest fan and so much fun to play in front of. I also want to thank all of my teammates over the years for their hard work and support. It was never about one person. It was always about team. I feel so privileged to have played on teams that were filled with outstanding athletes. I would like to thank all my coaches: Jensen, Starkey, Ward, Davis, Orne, Golden, Longo and Struck for pushing me every day and for instilling in me the “never-give-up attitude.” Lastly, and most important, all of this could not have been possible without my family. Thank you to my parents for their love, encouragement and for pushing me to be a better all-around athlete. My older brothers, Matt and Andy, for setting a good example and never letting me win at anything. My younger sisters, Erin and Sara, for all the encouragement and always supporting me. My grandparents, Ed and Mary Hummert and John and Connie Liesen, for supporting me at almost every game and for all the hugs and kind words. Raider Pride is something I will always appreciate and never forget.

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