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posted 11.20.2013 at 10.40 a.m. by Kelly McNelis

Fall Ball Coming to Close at Boston College

Kelly McNelis

"Concentration and mental toughness are the margins of victory" – Bill Russell

The Boston College women's lacrosse team has been working very hard over the past few weeks, and part of this motivation is thanks to our loyal alumni.

Nov. 1-3 was our annual Alumni Weekend. The weekend began with all current players, coaches, alumni and family being invited to the Boston College Club located in the Boston Financial District. We celebrated the accomplishments and growth throughout our program over the years and reconfirmed our expectations and goals going into the future. Kicking off alumni weekend in the heart of Boston was an exciting first-time experience for me, which I hope will become a new tradition for the program.

Saturday proved to be just as much fun as we all attended the Boston College vs. Virginia Tech football game. The Eagles came away with an ACC victory, and everyone enjoyed catching up at the tailgate.

The weekend came to a close on Sunday with our annual fall banquet where we celebrated the class of 2013's accomplishments along with the success of our 2012-2013 season.

The freshmen are beginning to see how integral the relationships we build are and what being a part of the BCLax family means. It is these women that join us every year for Alumni Weekend that continue to inspire us to work hard to strengthen our program.

In order to prepare for our first game on Feb. 15 against new ACC foe Notre Dame, we are implementing a "4th Quarter Program." This program enforces learning how to play when we are tired and how to develop mental toughness. We sprint and do agilities before drills to make them more game-like. We have to mentally be able to focus and calm our minds so we are able to preform at our best when we are tired.

Although there is a major cutback in the number of hours we are able to practice during the off-season, we are still working extremely hard in order to be prepared for our regular season. We plan to build off of last season's success, and we have high expectations for this spring. To accomplish these expectations, we are committed to preparing mentally and physically while being dedicated to our teammates during every single off-season practice.


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