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posted 06.18.2012 at 9.48 a.m. by Kelly McNelis

BC's McNelis: What The Summer Workout Packet Really Means

Kelly McNelis

Hi lacrosse fans! I'm Kelly McNelis and I will be joining one of my best friends and former high school/club teammate, Lyndsey Munoz, in blogging for Lacrosse Magazine and US Lacrosse. I am a rising junior attacker at Boston College majoring in communications. Millersville, Md., is my hometown and I graduated from St. Mary's High School in Annapolis.

Not only will I be keeping you updated on my college lacrosse experiences, but also hope to inform you about some others. For example, the U.S. women's games in Canada this July, since my coach Acacia Walker and former Eagle Kristin Igoe will be competing there.

This summer I am keeping very busy. I coach a 2016 girls lacrosse team for a local club and started an internship at a marketing firm in Annapolis. Like most college athletes, my summer also consists of working on my lacrosse skills, playing summer league games, and getting ready for the 2012-2013 season by following my summer workout packet.

For many freshmen, the anticipated arrival of the summer workout packet can be scary. When I was an incoming freshman, I can remember my first arriving in the mail. I had just gotten back from a week at the beach and had no idea what a workout packet would consist of. Receiving that packet for the first time really made me understand what it meant to be a Division I athlete. When I opened the packet, I was extremely overwhelmed by what was in store for me over the next three months. Between the runs, lifts, agilities and run tests, I started to get very anxious. I knew I had to work hard and wanted to show my new team I could make an impact.

Although I was overwhelmed, I also saw the packet as a symbol of unity. I knew my future teammates all received the exact one and we would all be working to achieve the same goals. Many times my teammates had to guide me through certain exercises, which really made me feel part of the team even though I was not on campus yet. Having this bond with my team was the best feeling in the world. I had always dreamed of playing Division I lacrosse and being part of a team where everyone was so close, and it was finally happening.

So, to all of the incoming freshmen out there: don't be nervous about your workout packets. Take one day at a time and know your teammates are there to guide and support you from here on out.

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

Look for more blogs from Kelly regularly on For more about Kelly, check out her bio at the Boston College women's lacrosse website.