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posted 10.30.2012 at 12.06 p.m. by Kelly McNelis

BC's Fall Ball Wrap, Being Injured and Condolences

Kelly McNelis

"You have to be able to center yourself, to let all of your emotions go. Don't ever forget that you play with your soul as well as your body." - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

October was a busy month for my team. We had three major events this month that led up to Boston College's conclusion of fall ball.

It began with a very early morning road trip to New Jersey where we participated in the Princeton Tournament. Having the opportunity to play Princeton and Penn for the very first time, along with Albany, was a great way to see how our team was progressing. The tournament went really well and we were very happy with our performance. After getting back to Boston and with a day off, we got right back on the practice field to prepare for our next tournament. A week later, we hosted our second annual fall ball tournament. We played Boston University, UConn, UNH and UMass at our Newton field. We practiced hard all week and everything seemed to come together this weekend. We knew we wanted to show all of these teams what BC Lacrosse is all about this year and we did!

With a quick turnaround and a game on Tuesday at Dartmouth, the team focused on preparing for our final fall ball game of the season. Each year since I have been a freshman, BC and Dartmouth scrimmage each other at the very end of fall ball. No one ever takes this meeting lightly. Both teams approach this game as a final showing of what they worked so hard to accomplish over the fall. We played really well and finished the fall season strong. Ending our fall ball on that note was a great feeling, making the team wanting to work even harder over these next couple of months to keep improving to prepare for another winning season.

The fall season officially ended this past weekend with our alumni weekend. It was a great weekend everyone enjoyed. We had our alumni game, the football game and our fall banquet. I loved seeing all of my old teammates and those who played here before me. Everyone had so much fun!

For me, I had a different fall ball experience this year. I was unable to play due to injury. It was difficult to have to watch the team practice and play without being able to get in there and contribute. Being injured, the most important thing you can do for both you and your team is to keep a positive attitude. You may not be able to participate, but you are still a crucial member of your team. Your support for your team is beneficial to their success. All teammates are obviously there for each other but if you are injured, you cannot focus only on you and your injury. Injuries are a part of playing. You have to overcome them and be determined to get healthy and get back playing with your team quickly. You cannot let an injury take you down. Get hurt, get better, and get out there!

On a personal note, I found out Sarah Wheat, who played a year ahead of me on my club team, along with her brother, John, were tragically killed in a car accident Saturday. Sarah was a goalie for the Ole Miss Lacrosse Team and one of the nicest people you could ever meet. We send our heartfelt condolences and prayers to the Wheat family and Ole Miss Lacrosse family.


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

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