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posted 09.03.2012 at 5.17 p.m. by Kelly McNelis

BC's McNelis: Back to School and Practice

Kelly McNelis

"The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a man's determination." – Tommy Lasorda

I really cannot put into words how thrilled I am for lacrosse to begin again. Our team is a family and I am excited for the newcomers to be able to experience and be apart of BC Lax! It seems like forever since I have seen everyone and being back here makes me feel right at home. The Boston College campus is so pretty in the fall and Boston is an absolutely amazing city with so much to offer. My teammates and I especially enjoy shopping on Newbury Street and attending many of the local sporting events. Even if you're not a Celtics, Bruins or Red Sox fan, you will love seeing the different games and venues.

We are participating in a variety of fall tournaments this year. Fall ball allows us to play teams we might not usually play during the regular season. It is also a great way to evaluate what strengths our team has while allowing us see what needs to develop for spring.

The first week of school is always the busiest with so much happening so quickly. Our football season opener was on Saturday against ACC foe Miami. Unfortunately, we lost 41-32. However, the Eagles offense looked great with 441 passing yards and 29 first downs, showing tremendous improvement from last season. It was so exciting to be back in the stands supporting and cheering the Eagles on again. Between new classes beginning, compliance and lacrosse meetings, along with run, lift and agility testing, the beginning of school can get hectic and sometimes nerve-racking.

Freshmen have obviously never experienced this before. Just like the summer workout packet, it is important to stay calm during this time. The anticipation leading up to the run tests can seem scary, but getting through it requires confidence. I can still recall my freshman year and being extremely anxious about the upcoming physical and mental challenges. When I got through the first run test, I remember questioning if I would be able to get through two more grueling runs. Luckily, my teammates were there to guide me and support me and yours will be there for you also. Besides, at the end of the tests, you have practices and tournaments to look forward to!

So, for all of the freshmen out there, you have to know in your mind that you are going to pass the tests and succeed. Remember, your entire team must endure the same runs as you and everybody on your team is there to cheer you on and keep you strong. You worked hard all summer for this, and there is no reason to doubt yourself. Stay upbeat and realize these runs will help everyone become closer and bond.

I love playing lacrosse and am looking forward to getting on the field with my teammates, meeting all the new parents and enjoying the appetizing tailgates!


"You will never win if you never begin." – Robert H. Fuller

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