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posted 05.13.2013 at 2.39 p.m. by Kelly McNelis

BC's Season of Firsts Comes to an End

Kelly McNelis

In the end, it's extra effort that separates a winner from second place. But winning takes a lot more than that, too. It starts with complete command of the fundamentals. Then it takes desire, determination, discipline, and self-sacrifice. And finally, it takes a great deal of love, fairness and respect for your fellow man. Put all these together, and even if you don't win, how can you lose? — Jesse Owens

Over the past three weeks, the Boston College women's lacrosse team was able to reach new heights and set new records! For starters, we entered the ACC tournament on a seven-game winning streak — the longest streak in program history. We also finished 3-2 in ACC play, landing us the third seed in the ACC tournament, another program first. We defeated Virginia Tech in our first round of play and made it through to the second round of the ACC tournament for only the second time in program history. Unfortunately, we closed out the tournament with a loss to UNC. However, our performance throughout the season led us into our post-season strong, confident and knowing what we needed to work on to prepare for the NCAA tournament.

We wrapped up our regular season on April 26 and our next potential game would not be until May 10. This gave us two weeks to prepare for the first round of NCAAs. Our practices were run a little bit differently than they had been in the past. In addition to our focusing on ourselves and getting better, we also focused on our mental toughness. During the first week of post-season practice, we devoted a lot of our time to making sure we would be physically and mentally prepared for the competition ahead of us. Our coaches challenged us with various runs and drills to make sure that we were giving it our best 100-percent of the time. One of these practices included an early morning beach workout on the South Shore. While at the beach, we participated in partner runs, ladders, and a team run to the Fort Independence Memorial. When the week came to an end, we knew we worked hard and were now geared up to find out who our opponent would be for the tournament.

At 7:25 p.m., the night of the selection show, our team gathered for dinner. The next hour and 35 minutes went by so slowly as we all anxiously awaited the announcement of who we would be matched up against for the first round of play. This was only the second time Boston College has made the tournament. In 2011, things were a little different. We were not sure we would even be in the tournament until the time our at-large bid was announced. This year, we were pretty confident to get an at-large bid and could not wait to hear who we would play.

When Boston College was finally called, everyone jumped and screamed with excitement. Being a part the NCAA tournament is one of the best feelings ever, and something that the freshmen and sophomores have never experienced before. We were so loud we even had to quiet ourselves down so we could hear the team we would be playing. Our ticket was punched and we were headed to Syracuse to play Dartmouth. Pride and happiness filled the room. The emotions and memories of my freshman year began to rush back to me. I am so happy the freshmen and sophomores were able experience this for the first time. We have come a very long way this season, and our hard work definitely paid off.

Last week seemed to fly by quickly and our team continued to work hard executing new plays and drills. We left for Syracuse on Wednesday and felt beyond prepared to play Dartmouth. Game day soon approached and unfortunately after a hard fought game, we fell short of a victory.

This season has been one of the best seasons I experienced at Boston College. Our team was a very tight-knit group; we played for each other and worked together. I am incredibly sad to say that our 2013 season has come to an end. I could not be more proud of my teammates for the many "firsts" we accomplished this season. This is just the beginning of what Boston College lacrosse will be bringing to the table in the future.

Be sure to stay in shape, keep your sticks in your hands and hit up some great camps. BC's summer camp information is here.

I hope everyone has a great summer. I will be headed to Ireland with two of my teammates, Moira Barry and Carly Weilminster, on May 31 to study Business, History and Politics of Sports. I will keep you updated!

Kelly

"You will never win if you never begin" — Robert H. Schuller