Munoz: NCAA Tournament Presents Fresh Start
It's times like these that I realize how much I have grown as an athlete, and even more as a person. Lacrosse for me used to be all consuming, to a point that the old me probably would have laid in bed all day watching TV, maybe even get up to get ice cream and just sulked. But Monday morning, after Sunday playing in one of the most horrendous games of my life [a 14-11 loss to Denver in the MPSF final], I woke up and went for a run.
Even though that game, for lack of a better word, sucked, I refuse to let myself go down that path. I'm not going to lie; I was so upset yesterday, so scared that game might be the last game I ever play. But guess what? IT'S NOT!
I'm beyond blessed that we're still playing, and we have a great opportunity to begin anew. In NCAAs nothing matters, because whoever plays better that day will advance and the other will go home. There are so many teams that are already done their seasons, and we get to keep going.
I have come to realize through this season how lacrosse is preparing me for the real world. It has been so up-and-down, but every single time I go to the people that support me, re-focus, and do better the next time. You can't let the downs keep you down. It is beyond frustrating that things have to go poorly for them to be better, and I don't know why that happens but it does. So if the past is any indication, it will be a great weekend in South Bend for us.
Each day we wake up and we choose how we will view the world, and I'm choosing to be happy. In the bigger picture, I have so much to be happy and grateful for it's insane. For example, today my best friend and teammate Megan Lerner was accepted to a grad school where she will go to prepare for medical school. That is seriously amazing, and I'm so proud of her! I talk about hardships, but she was pulled from her starting spot sophomore year, and it was one of the hardest things for her to deal with. But she worked incredibly hard and has been so crucial for us the past two years, and she's still crushing it. Better yet, she's on her way to fulfill her dreams of being a doctor, and I'm so excited for her because there's nothing that girl wants more than to be a surgeon.
Enough best friend bragging. On to the serious stuff.
So this week we'll be traveling to South Bend to play Duke, and if we win we'll play the winner of the Notre Dame-High Point game. The next step would be likely playing at Maryland, which I would LOVE! That's getting ahead though. Right now it's time to focus on Duke and put everything we have into this weekend to have another historic season. We have some serious goals for our team and they are 100 percent possible if we work hard and everyone plays the way they know how. All that's left to say is: let's dance!!