McNelis: A Special, Meaningful Senior Day Win
|The Boston College senior class, from left to right: Graduate student Brooke Blue, Kelly McNelis, Kara O'Connell, Carly Weilminster, Kate McCarthy, Claire Blohm, Moira Barry, Cali Ceglarski, and manager Jackie Young.|
"Excellence is the gradual result of always striving to do better." – Pat Riley
After our second consecutive win over ACC rival Duke in Durham on April 5, the BC women's lacrosse encountered a tough loss to Virginia on April 10 in Charlottesville. With our senior game only two days away, we were set to play our last conference game against Virginia Tech.
March 17, 2011 marked my first home game as a collegiate player against crosstown rival Harvard. This past weekend was my last home Saturday game on Newton Field, which we also call Senior Day. As tradition has it, the final regular season Saturday home game is dedicated to the senior class. This day recognizes everything the seniors have done for the program and what each member brings to our team. After participating in three senior days as an underclassman, it was surreal that it was now my senior class' turn to be recognized. Our day started with a pregame meal at Finagle-A-Bagel; then we headed back to our locker room to prepare for the game. Every year the junior class decorates the locker room for the seniors, and this year they did an amazing job. The room was filled with streamers, balloons, gold stars, and humorous gag awards presented to all eight seniors.
Before the game began, every member of the senior class was recognized and escorted to center field by their parents. This was such an exciting moment, which pumped our team up for the game.
As all the seniors took to the field to start the game, I will never forget the feeling I had before the first whistle since this was the first time the entire senior class was all on the field starting together. The energy, passion, and heart produced a strong performance by the Eagles, which showed in the final outcome of the game as we prevailed over Virginia Tech 20-9. An added bonus to the final score was having all offensive seniors tally at least one goal.
A post-game tailgate followed and senior gifts were presented. It was a heartwarming experience to be recognized by my teammates and coaches on this special day. My time as a lacrosse player at Boston College has been one of the best experiences of my life, and I cannot believe how fast the time has gone by.
Fortunately, our season is far from over. Our next game is this Wednesday against the University of Vermont. Then, Boston College will be hosting the ACC tournament on April 24, where all games will be played on our football field, Alumni Stadium. These next few weeks of games are very important to our team and are must-wins as we look forward to the announcement of the NCAA tournament teams. After having a successful Senior Day, we could not be more motivated to have Boston College make history as we battle our way to the top.
"You will never win if you never begin." – Robert H. Schuller