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posted 10.03.2012 at 10.24 a.m. by Kelly McNelis

Melting Pot Gets Eagles Back in Swing of Things

Kelly McNelis

"It's not the will to win that matters—everyone has that. It's the will to prepare to win that matters." — Paul "Bear" Bryant

The first month of school came and went very quickly! I always find September to be the most hectic. There are so many activities going on and often at the same time. It takes some adjusting to get back into the habit of balancing school, studies, lacrosse and life. A comforting factor to all of this is the more years you have been through the routine, the easier it is to get back into the swing of things.

There were several events at Boston College that kept me busy during September, including the start of practices, lifts, career fairs and football games. However, this past weekend was even more eventful since it was Parents Weekend along with our first fall ball tournament. I really enjoyed having my parents visit Boston for Saturday's football game against Clemson, given it was the first time I was able to see and spend time with them since returning to school. It was an extra bonus for them to be able to see our first fall ball tournament and also reunite with all their friends at the tailgate afterwards. My parents, along the rest of the veteran parents, the coaches and the team enjoyed meeting and welcoming the new freshmen parents into the BC lacrosse family.

My team participated in Harvard's Melting Pot Tournament this past Sunday. It was an all-day tournament that included eleven teams and is an event we participate in every year to kick off our fall season. It's a fun tournament to participate in, but one that brings rain with it. I can remember sitting in the rain at Harvard Stadium watching the tournament on my official visit in 2009. This year was no different except that it not only rained, it poured. I don't think I'll ever forget seeing my teammate, Brooke Blue, slide across the field for a loose ball like she was on a slip-n-slide!

Despite the weather, our team had a great showing for our first tournament. We played three games against Syracuse, Boston University and Albany. Since these are teams we will often see again during our regular season, it is always interesting to see what they are bringing back to field and what new talent has been added. As a team, we take these opportunities to eye our competition. We are always looking at what needs to be improved so we can be more effective on the field.

The team is continuing to work hard to prepare for our next tournament at Princeton on Oct. 14. We will be competing against Albany again, but will be playing Penn and Princeton for the first time since I have been at BC. I am very excited to be able to play against these two new teams and show these two new teams what BC lacrosse is all about.


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

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