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Zach Gray – Sports Editor

College: four years of life where ev­ery opportunity should be taken. It’s where young adults can excel in academ­ics, clubs, organizations, and athletics. At the Division III (D-III) level, it’s also the last chance for a student athlete to shine. Athletes don’t usually become profes­sional after participating in D-III athlet­ics. Athletes become graduates. Graduates become workers. Workers become bosses. Bosses retire. In that stereotypical post-college life, one hopes to continue some form of involvement in athletics. This includes playing in recreational leagues, coaching, or jobs in sports. Regardless of whatever comes after college, nothing compares to the competitive nature of collegiate athletics.

Some athletes are lucky enough to spend an entire four-year career with one school. Javon Williams, ‘12, was one ath­lete who made the most out of everything given to him on the basketball court. While earning a degree in Communication, the Mattapan native scored more than 1,500 points in his tenure with the Lasers.

Unfortunately, when it comes to the competitive and physically demanding na­ture of collegiate athletes, injuries can cut off a student-athlete’s career. As Chronicle staff writer Michael Skelton writes in his ar­ticle, senior Emily Machado of Marshfield, suffered a high ankle sprain while playing a soccer match against Rivier on September 25. Although there is a chance of a come­back, Machado will miss the majority of her senior year due to injury.

Injuries don’t always ruin or tarnish a career. Machado was a hard-working athlete who made the most of her three previous years. The last two seasons resulted in con­ference championships, with Machado play­ing a big role on the offensive side. Though an injury can raise questions about the fu­ture, Machado should not have any regrets of what she accomplished.

Making the most of opportunities doesn’t just take place on an individual level, nor does it take place strictly in var­sity sports. The Lasell baseball team wasn’t always a member of the NCAA. The team was started as a club sport by a group of players who simply wanted to play ball. The club gained members, and eventually grew to the D-III program it is today.

With talk of interest for an ice hockey team and a women’s rugby team around campus, there are three words of advice for those thinking about starting a team: go for it. This even applies for individu­als wanting to play an already established sport on campus. The college lifespan is only four years. Why waste a minute thinking of why it’s a bad idea when that time could be used on the field, in the gym, or in the rink? With funding, group interest and peer support, there simply is no better time than college to accomplish athletic goals. Leave nothing behind, have no regrets, and enjoy every minute pos­sible in colligate athletics.

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