With the cancellation of the remainder of the 2019-20 Jefferson athletics schedule due to the COVID-19 outbreak, many Rams' student-athletes are missing out on an opportunity to compete in the sport that they love, especially the Jefferson seniors. These young men and women were looking forward to an exciting and fulfilling end to their collegiate careers. Instead, they are left with a feeling of uncertainty and "what if." Over the coming weeks, JeffersonRams.com will salute these senior student-athletes whose careers may have ended prematurely and give you the opportunity to hear from them in their own words. Next up is Sarah von Lange of Jefferson Women's Lacrosse.
By Sarah von Lange
They always say "play like it's the last day you are going to play," and if that wasn't true. It was absolutely heartbreaking to have our season come to such a sudden end especially with the potential we had as a team. Our last game was one to remember as we traveled to Maryland and got to play at the National Lacrosse Headquarters. At every timeout and halftime, our coach kept saying, "give it all you got because this could be the last time you get to play lacrosse." I did not think much of it at the time, but two days later what he said became a reality and my senior lacrosse season was over in a blink of an eye. This was supposed to be our season. The four seniors on the team were determined to graduate having won a championship and that goal was in the foreseeable future for us. Every player on our team was certain that, at the end of our season, we would be holding that championship banner, so to have that dream taken away was hard. It was very difficult at first adjusting because I went from my days flying by because I was so busy with classes and lacrosse to all that being gone, and my days really dragged on. As much as I wish I could still be going to practice and class every day, the safety of my teammates, family and friends is the biggest priority. I think it is important not to dwell on the things that have been lost but to focus on the future and how to use this time to better yourself and be grateful for the things we do still have.
I miss my team, coaches and lacrosse greatly. But at the end of the day, I am not going to remember certain games or how many goals I scored, but I am going to remember the people and the amazingly fun times we shared as a team. Some of my favorite memories are all of our post-game tailgates, our team-bonding nights, our pregame "LFEB" cheer, our yearly talent show, and coach's caramel macchiato days. It's the memories I had over my four years on this team that I am going to cherish the most and also miss the most.
I would first like to thank my family for always being there to support me and traveling to come watch me play. I would like to give an extra thanks to my dad. He has coached me in lacrosse since I could hold a stick and he truly is my biggest fan. After every game, I asked him what I could have done better or said, "did you see that one play I made, I knew you would be proud." He truly inspired in me the passion and love for lacrosse and was the best coach I had until the very end. Of course, an extra thank you to my mom, for always being there for me and providing the best emotional support. I want to thank my current and past coaches for always pushing me to be my best and helping me become the athlete I am today. Thank you, Coach Chis, for taking a chance on me my freshman year and always seeing my potential. For four years, you always pushed me to be the best I could be and never doubted that I could be successful. Thank you, Coach Jenna, even though my time with you was short, you taught me so much, always pushed me extra hard, and truly were a great coach.
Thank you to Adam Olsavsky and all the trainers for helping me through many injuries. Every day, you were there to help my body feel better so that I could perform my best on the field. Thank you to everyone in the Athletic Department. You made it easy for us to focus on being student-athletes by always providing us with great gear, good facilities, and constant support.
Most of all, I would like to thank my Ramily. All of my teammates, past and present, for giving me the experience of a lifetime. You all had my back and supported me each and every day and you helped me become the player I am today. You showed me what it means to be a member of an amazing and loving team. You all will forever hold a place in my heart. To all the future and current players, never take a moment you have on the field for granted. Cherish every second you have playing the sport you love because you never know when it could be taken away.
Stay healthy and check up on loved ones. Stay optimistic and use this time to better yourself. We will never have the opportunity to have this kind of time again so take advantage of it as much as you can. Go Rams!!