BERKELEY - Thursday's contest at Stanford will mark the final regular season game for the seniors on the California lacrosse team - Amelia Burke, Paige Gasparino, Grace Parente, Jacqueline Pelletier and Marissa O'Meally. Some of the graduating Golden Bears had some farewell words to share with CalBears.com.
"For me the hardest part about graduating will be not being able to see my teammates every day. There is truly nothing comparable to the friendships and memories that you make being on a collegiate sport. I honestly could not have had a more fulfilling or worthwhile experience at Cal, both academically and athletically. I truly believe that UC Berkeley is the best place on Earth and continually marvel with my teammates as to why anyone would choose to attend any other college in the nation. Representing Cal and specifically the women's lacrosse team over these past four years has been an honor and a privilege. It is something that I will be immensely proud of for the rest of my life. I will be a lifelong supporter of the athletic community and the Cal community at-large. And now to finish with my favorite Cal song, "California California the hills send back our cry, we're out to do or die. California California we'll win the game and know the reason why..."
"Over the past four years at Cal, adversity was no stranger and I became a better student and athlete for it. Cal offers anything and everything imaginable, but leaves you responsible for figuring it out on your own. The resources are indispensable, but only to your discretion. I couldn't be prouder to identify myself as a California Golden Bear. Coming in freshman year, I painted a nice picture in my head of what college would be like, and Berkeley shattered that for the better. In years to come I will always have my Cal experience to reflect with a smile as my "happy place."
"My time at Cal has been an unparalleled experience. Being a student-athlete here teaches you how to balance a rigorous schedule and allows you to compete at one of the highest levels. I am thankful for the opportunity to attend such a prestigious university, as well as play a sport I love so much. My teammates have become some of my closest friends, which is something I will always cherish. Cal has taught me how be a better person, a tougher competitor and a smarter student. I can't imagine four years at any other school, and will always bleed blue and gold. GO BEARS!"
"During my freshman year, my roommate, Chippy, and I saw a quote on a banner on campus that said 'Berkeley will drown you in a fountain of knowledge, but then teach you to walk on water.' I have to say, we couldn't have been more confused by it at the time. But that was simply because we were unaware of the adventures we were going to take, the people we were going to meet or the memories we were going to create. Sure, in the beginning, it seemed like we were overwhelmed with academics, athletics, social life and everything in between, but now looking back at the four years I have spent here, I know that every experience I have had here has shaped me for the better. I am grateful for every moment I have spent at Cal and am honored to be part of the Bear Family for the rest of my life. Go Bears & Love my Sisters"