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posted 02.18.2013 at 11.20 a.m. by Kelly McNelis

BC Finds a Way to Prep, Start Season After Nemo

Kelly McNelis

"Today I will do what others won't, so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can't." — Jerry Rice

Wow, preseason really flew by quickly. As I mentioned in my last blog, this past Saturday was our first game of the season and we defeated Holy Cross 17-8! It was a great game and we really pulled together as a team to get the job done. It was a perfect way to start the 2013 season.

Preparing for our season started in September when we first began practicing, but, after the New Year, preseason preparations felt so much more real because the actual season was beginning and our first game was only weeks away. We're always working hard, and this preseason we were determined, focused and motivated to work towards our ultimate goal, to win the national championship.

If you recall, in my last blog I talked about how we practice in a "bubble" that is over our football field during January through mid-February. Unfortunately, after snowstorm Nemo, the bubble collapsed! Since it takes about four days and well over one hundred people to re-inflate the practice bubble, there were many Boston College varsity teams who had to re-evaluate their practice venues.

With the bubble down and nearly 30 inches of snow on the ground, our practice plans for this past week had to be completely revamped. Our coaches and athletic staff rapidly went to work to set in place a plan B. Finding outside venues to practice was a bit hectic, but nothing that would change our attitudes or mindsets about sticking to our goals. Thanks to the BC athletic staff and our coaches, our team was able to adjust to the situation and begin practicing outside. In the long run, this really worked out to our advantage as we were ready to play outdoors against Holy Cross and not mind the cold temperatures in Worcester, Mass.

Our practice venues may have been changing throughout the week, but what remained the same was our team camaraderie, focus and desire to keep getting better to win our first game. The Holy Cross victory is sweet but there is not much time to savor it.

Our journey continues this Wednesday as we host Vanderbilt for the first time on our Newton field. We will all rally around each other and support each other once again as we resume with practices and another week of working to improve. Some may consider it work, but it is work and time you do not ever mind putting in since we all have the same desire and drive to reach our final destination.


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