Blogs and Commentary

posted 03.11.2013 at 10.17 a.m. by Kelly McNelis

BC's Spring Break: One Good Win, One (Cold) Loss

"The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand." — Vince Lombardi

Kelly McNelis

Spring break for the Boston College women's lacrosse team is something that we look forward to every year. For my teammates and I, this trip is the best one of the season. There are so many laughs and good times, team bonding and the opportunity to play against some great opponents. Our weeklong journey this year consisted of two games; a mid-week challenge against Northwestern, and our first ACC game against Virginia Tech on Saturday. As much fun as we have on Spring Break, we always leave Boston with a purpose and determined to return home winners.

Last week started with an earlier than anticipated flight out of Boston due to the pending "Sequester Storm," predicted for most of the New England and Chicago areas. We left Boston Monday night, and were met with seven inches of snow in Evanston on Tuesday. By game day on Wednesday, the field was plowed and both teams were ready to play. I can definitely say that on a day when it is 30 degrees outside and gusts of wind coming off Lake Michigan making it feel like 15 degrees or less, Northwestern used their home-field advantage. Even though we scored first, Northwestern went on a run which opened the score up in the first half to a margin that we could not quite catch up to. Unfortunately, this ended up being a tough game and a 17-10 loss for the Eagles.

Losing is never easy and with Thursday being a travel day, we did not have much of time between games. We knew adjustments had to be made in order to come out with a victory on Saturday at Virginia Tech. We remained focused and determined to win, and we did, 15-7. As a team, we improved on our shot placement and ground balls. The defense showed a very strong performance by holding the Hokies to two shots in the first half, and only 13 shots for the game. Covie Stanwick had another stellar performance tallying five points and showing once again why she has been recently named to the 2013 Tewaaraton Award watch list.

How you respond to losing is what makes a successful team. Recently, we suffered some unexpected losses, but our teamwork, determination, focus and heart, brought us back to where we need to be. No one said it was going to be easy, and if it were easy, then everyone would do it. Success comes to those who know how to respond to adversity, and come back stronger than they were before. Our team knows we cannot dwell on losing just like we cannot over-celebrate winning. What's done is done, and it is up to you and your team to take the necessary improvements to win. As our head coach Acacia Walker always tells us, "Everything is done with winning in mind."

Our next game is against No.1-ranked Maryland. It will be played at 1 p.m. on Saturday on our Newton field. BC has five players, including myself, who are Maryland natives and with Acacia being a former Terp and Maryland native herself, this is bound to be a great battle of two very talented ACC teams.


"You will never win if your never begin" – Robert H. Schuller