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Lacrosse seniors remember their time at McDaniel

April 06, 2009

For senior lacrosse players Matt Daley and Chelsea Ferruzzi, spring on the Hill indicates much more than flowers, warm weather and chirping birds. This spring brings their final undergraduate semester and their final collegiate lacrosse season.

Daley, a Sociology major, plans to substitute teach next year while beginning his coaching career. After a few years, he plans to go back to school for his master’s degree in teaching. The senior attackman and co-captain is involved with the mentoring program Field of Wings in the Westminster community. This organization has been implemented at many of the local middle schools for college students, like Daley, to assist and guide young teenagers through the often rough stages of adolescence.

Looking back, Daley is thrilled with his experience at McDaniel College. He is convinced that he could not have received from another institution what the last four years at McDaniel have offered him.

“I have had the opportunity to play college lacrosse at a very high level. I have gotten a lot of one-on-one help from professors and staff members which most other colleges cannot offer,” said Daley. “At McDaniel, the staff makes you feel like they care about you as a person, not just another student coming through the college.”

The three-year starter has assisted the Green Terror to an overall record of 27-25 since his 2006 freshman season. As a senior, Daley is determined to end on a good note. The Terror has started off this season 7-2 heading into April with six games left in the regular season.

As a Wilmington, Del., native Daley was drawn to McDaniel because of its relatively close location to home.

“The opportunity to continue playing sports at a competitive level and the fact that the school is also a close enough location for my parents to be able to travel and come watch me play made me choose McDaniel,” said Daley.

With graduation right around the corner, this time of the year has created a lot of stress for senior spring athletes. The pressures of dealing with classes, looking for a job, and being a leader on a sports team are all time consuming and stressful for graduating seniors.

“In the last few weeks or so, I have started to feel stressed out. It is tough concentrating on lacrosse all the time, while making sure school work gets done so I can graduate,” said Daley. “Also, in the back of your mind you are always thinking about how this is your last semester and last chance to play competitive lacrosse. It’s been tough but I am getting by successfully and look forward to whatever the future brings.”

After graduation, he said he is going to miss playing lacrosse, the college life, and all of his friends with whom he spent the last four years. Ferruzzi, an English major with Religious Studies and Writing minors, plans to get a job at a law firm after graduation with the hopes of attending law school soon after. The former president of the Religious Studies Club has also been involved with Active Minds throughout her college career at McDaniel.

According to Ferruzzi, McDaniel has provided her the ultimate college experience.

“Being at McDaniel pushed me to be a better athlete, a better student, but most of all it pushed me to be a better all around person,” said Ferruzzi. “Living in such a small and diverse community forces you to broaden your perspective.”

Since her freshman year, Ferruzzi has contributed to the Lady Terror’s overall record of 37-24. She was a starter for the women’s team as early as a few games during her freshman season. The Jenkintown, Pa., native attended a small high school which led her to consider McDaniel College.

“I went to a really small high school, so I wanted the small atmosphere. I was also attracted to the level of competition in the Centennial Conference for women's lacrosse,” said Ferruzzi. “Plus, I wanted to play for Coach Bliss.”

Ferruzzi is going to miss playing competitive lacrosse and her tight-knit team the most. Her talents will undoubtedly be missed by the Lady Terror.

“It’s hard to imagine my life without my teammates around all of the time,” Ferruzzi said. “Some of my fondest memories off the field are sitting around with my teammates and being really goofy. Our spring break trips were the best.”

Many athletes are known for their superstitions and game day rituals. Ferruzzi is not one of those athletes. She does, however, wear an orange wristband on her right arm every game for her sister.

“She was diagnosed with leukemia in November of 2007; she is now in remission,” said Ferruzzi. “Orange is an awareness color for leukemia. I wear the sweatband for her. I play for her.”

As the final stretch of her last season commences, Ferruzzi is reminded that this is her last chance to leave her mark on The Hill.

“It’s tough knowing that this great part in your life is almost over, you want to go out the best way possible,” Ferruzzi said. “I think about it everyday, I work hard to leave everything on the field. I don't want any regrets.”

By Ali Moreland ’10

 
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