Three years. Three trips to the Final Four. Three National Championship appearances.
When I made the decision to come play for Boston College, I knew the program had already achieved great success, but being a part of so many firsts for the program has been a dream come true. Being welcomed into such a family driven culture was everything I could have asked for beginning with my freshman year. I was immediately taken in by the older girls who made me feel like I belonged here. I cannot put into words how grateful I am to be a part of such an amazing group of people who care so much for each other, and make sacrifices each day for the good of the team. I will always look up to the great leaders I’ve had the privilege of following who helped me realize no dream is too big.
I am excited for the opportunity to continue dreaming big alongside my teammates and coaches next year. I have decided to take advantage of the extra year of eligibility the NCAA granted spring athletes to pursue a Masters in Sports Administration. When our season was unexpectedly cut short I spent the next few days reflecting in the company of my teammates and coaches. We quickly realized the only thing left within our control was to make the most of our last few days on campus. In light of the situation, we shared endless laughs that reminded me of why I decided to come to BC in the first place. The people.
I knew as I was packing up my things to go home, it couldn’t be the end of my time here. I’m not ready to leave behind the bonds I’ve created with my teammates, coaches, and everyone in Conte Forum. Everything we have done, and everything we have been working toward, is tied to a purpose that is greater than ourselves. I see this extra year as a chance to continue building upon the legacy that began as the underdog story of BC women’s lacrosse. Now isn’t the time to sit back wondering what could’ve been, but a time to look forward to what will be. When I put that BC uniform back on one last time next spring, I will wear it in honor of those who were not granted this second chance, and I will play knowing tomorrow is never guaranteed.
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect people across the globe. It is times like these that get you to slow down and remind yourself of the things that matter most: family, friends and the health and well-being of those you hold close to your heart. I’ve spent this time in quarantine feeling extremely blessed that I get to go back and rewrite the end of my senior season. Being a part of this team is truly something special. In living out BC’s motto “Ever to Excel,” I am choosing to come back to help my team push toward the goal we have all been chasing.
I want to thank my coaches Acacia, Jen, Kayla, and Sam for giving me the opportunity to further my education while continuing to pursue my greatest passion. You guys have taught me how to persevere through adversity and come out a stronger person in the end. Next, I want to thank my parents for always believing in me, and supporting my dreams as I navigate this crazy thing called life. And last but certainly not least, I want to thank my amazing teammates. Thank you guys for always having my back, making me laugh every single day, and for simply being my best friends. I can’t wait to get back on campus with you all to finish what we started.
Always An Eagle,
Jillian Reilly ‘20