West Point, to Thee
By Taylor Korpela, Women's Lacrosse
To my teammates,
As I am writing this, we would have been in the midst of league play, working to extend our undefeated record for as long as we could, breaking more records and making more history for the Army Women’s Lacrosse program.
Now, I am at home using various virtual platforms to see you all as much as possible. I have yet to process that lacrosse is over for me and that I will not have another opportunity to wear an Army jersey.
It has been an unbelievable experience making history with you. There were so many milestones we have made together, including our first Patriot League win, earning our first berth to the Patriot League Tournament, having teammates receive conference and national recognition; the list goes on. I could keep going on about how great our team is based on our record and the accolades we received, but that does not account for how much we have grown as a team outside of these statistics.
We have become a family. You have become my best friends. We have gone through a lot together. We have experienced hardships and adversity, and we have grown so much from everything. That is why this letter has been so difficult to write to you now that lacrosse is over.
I am not going to be able to see my best friends every day. I am not going to be able to have dance parties in the locker room before games. I will not be able to sit on the bus with Lexi West as we laugh until we cry on our way to games. However, I will cherish the times we had for the rest of my life.
I am beyond grateful for the opportunity to play with each one of you. You have made me a better lacrosse player, a better teammate, a better friend and a better person. I wish I could have just one more season with this team that we have right now, but I know I would keep wishing for more seasons after that.
I am thankful for everything lacrosse has given me and all the lessons I have learned both on and off the field. I will always keep with me all the good times I have had playing this sport, especially my last four years wearing an Army lacrosse jersey. Read more.