One of the hardest things about being in the season is measuring the success of the team in any way other than the win/loss columns. Often, it’s not until we’ve come out of the other end of the season-long tunnel do we see the impact of a season on us and on others.
As this season wound down with another first round playoff game against Fullerton, it went out any way but easily. Our game went from being scheduled at Fullerton, to Yorba Linda High School, to Fullerton, to Biola; all within the time span of about a day. After the scheduling finally figured itself out, and the game was played, Biola’s athletics department received this note from the mother of a Fullerton player:
I’m a parent of a Cal State Fullerton lacrosse player and I wanted to thank you for allowing the playoff game to be played at your school. The Fullerton parents realize that your team could have forced our team to forfeit due to the fact we could not provide a field on Saturday.
We also appreciate that your players exhibit good sportsmanship and that they pray with our team. One parent said, “Biola walks their talk.” The other Christian school in our league doesn’t get the same kind of compliments but contrary comments.
Thank you for lacrosse team’s standout behavior.
It doesn’t even matter what the score was that day, or the fact that we were all mentally and physically drained from the scheduling mess. The only thing that truly matters from that day was that parents from a rival school, whether they are Christian or not, recognized and went out of their way to thank us for doing what we say we do as Christians.
Not one game has gone by in 12 years of Biola lacrosse when a team hasn’t been invited to pray with us after the game. Sometimes we get cussed at and have to pray as our own team, but we continue on. This team has seen winning records and losing records, and hopefully our opponents have seen a team that is humble in victory and gracious in defeat. It’s what sets Biola lacrosse apart from other schools, even Christian schools, and it’s what we will continue to do as long as we have a team of men willing to fellowship with the opponent.