Boston College 'Out for Wins'; Big Week Ahead
"Show the world how much you'll fight for the winners circle." – Pat Riley
The Boston College women's lacrosse team is off to a 3-0 start this 2014 season. We have registered successful victories against Notre Dame, the University of New Hampshire and Ohio State.
As stated in my previous blog, we played our season opener on Saturday, Feb. 15 against new ACC foe Notre Dame. As a senior, this was the last time my class and I would play in a season-opener, and the game really meant a lot to us. We have been preparing since September for this moment. The week before we played against Notre Dame, Keith Wilford made a weekend visit for the second time this season. The inspiration and motivation Keith brings to our team is second to none. What he most instills in us is the true meaning of being a student-athlete at Boston College. Going into our final week of preparation for our first game, everyone kept Keith's words in the back of their minds. This positivity, team philosophy and confidence are ultimately what helped secure our first win of the season and an ACC victory.
Notre Dame was a very hard fought game. With the score tied 7-7 at half, we all knew we had to play steady and strong to secure a victory. Mental toughness is one of our greatest strengths and we knew if we executed our game plan we would come away with a victory. After a back-and-forth battle for the first part of the second half, we slowly but surely started chipping away and won the game 15-10. The win was well recognized in the lacrosse community with teammates Mikaela Rix and Kate McCarthy earning ACC weekly honors.
Due to another snowstorm in Boston, our travel plans were delayed and we were stuck in Chicago and unable to return home until late Sunday night. Despite being stuck, I was able to make great memories with my 27 best friends as well as enjoy a celebratory dinner!
Once we arrived back in Boston, we took the highs and lows from the Notre Dame game and worked to perfect them. We had two major games to prepare for last week, the University of New Hampshire on Thursday and Ohio State on Saturday. Last year we defeated UNH in overtime. This season's game ended with BC securing our second season victory by upending UNH 17-8.
Building off of two great wins and with only a day to prepare for Ohio State, we were looking forward to this rematch. Last year was the first time we played Ohio State in program history. The outcome of that game was not what we were hoping for or expected. With nearly back-to-back games last week, we had more mental preparation than physical to get ready for Saturday's game.
As game day arrived, the team was geared up to take down the Buckeyes. Ohio State came out strong and at the half we were down 3-1. This was the first time we have been down at halftime this season. The halftime huddle consisted of strategizing and positivity. We knew we had to fight hard and stick to the game plan to win this game. The second half began as a back-and-forth battle and the game was tied with 1:30 left to play. Kate McCarthy secured the next draw control while Sarah Mannelly scored the game winner with 18 seconds left. With time for one more draw, we knew we needed possession to secure the victory. Kara Magley came up with the draw and dished the ball to Covie Stanwick, who buried her sixth goal of the game at the buzzer. BC walked away with a 9-7 victory over Ohio State for the first time in program history.
Coming off of these three huge wins is exciting. However, we have a very big week ahead of us. On Wednesday, we take on new ACC member, Syracuse, and on Saturday we take on the University of Connecticut. We were unable to secure victories against both of these teams last year, but we are out for wins this season. The trust and chemistry our team has this year is the best that it has ever been. BC will be ready physically and mentally to bring our best game forward against Syracuse and UConn.
"You will never win if you never begin." – Robert H. Schuller