Surrounded by former teammates, I couldn’t help but remember the times that we pulled each other up hills and pushed each other through grueling runs (as a former goalie I was admittedly on the receiving end of a lot of the pushing and pulling). We laugh now at those times knowing that we probably wouldn’t have gotten through it all without each other.
I don’t get to talk to them all every day but wedding season has brought them all back into my life. When we reminisce about college we almost never bring up championships or come-from-behind victories. As great as those were, we mostly laugh at the moments that had nothing to do with lacrosse. Those are my greatest memories.
My hope is that we are creating that same environment here at Cal - a place where your team is like your second family. Hopefully one day my players will be in each other’s weddings. My hope is that they will look back fondly and proudly at what they were able to accomplish here and appreciate most of all the bonds they were able to build with each other despite how different they are, where they grew up or what their interests are. My hope is that no matter how far they may end up being from one another, they will always be connected in their hearts by having been Golden Bears. Looking forward to another great week of building something special. Go Bears!