Friday, May 20, 2005

National Championship Ahoy!

I never thought I'd see the day.

It's the goal of every college sports fan to have his school win a national championship while a student. Watching USC bring home the crown in Football this fall and UNC send it in with the Men's Basketball title, I've always wondered, "what would it be like to go there right now?"

Well I may be able to find out. As Dan, Ray and I sat by the laptop in our South Bend hotel room listening to the second half of Women's Lacrosse thrashing of Dartmouth, I couldn't help but simply think, wow. Northwestern will play for the National Championship. Yes it is in Women's Lacrosse, but I don't think it matters. As Kelly Amonte Hiller leads her undefeated squad to the title game on Sunday, I think we all need to stop and appreciate what's going on.

It's the National Championship.

Of all the schools with Women's Lacrosse programs, Northwestern is in the final two.

It's the National Championship.

Traditional Lacrosse dynasties Princeton, Dartmouth, Duke and Georgetown have all been eliminated. Northwestern is still playing.

It's the National Championship.

In only its fourth year of varsity status this time around, Northwestern has not lost a game.

It's the National Championship.

Kelly Amonte Hiller has a chance to bring a trophy back to Evanston for the first time in 64 years.

Did I mention it's the National Championship?

Sunday this squad has a once in a lifetime opportunity. Sunday this team has a chance to win a National Championship, and it is a big deal. I'll finally have the chance to know what its like to have a team win the National Championship while a student and I'm planning on remembering it.

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