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Driscoll Leads from the Sideline
Megan Driscoll did not want to believe her season was over. A senior member of the Milford girls soccer team, she knew she had suffered a knee injury and suspected it was serious, but wanted to keep trying to play through the pain."I tried, but it kept giving out on me," she said. "I kind of knew it was bad, but I didn't want to admit it."
The MRI showed proof of what she had feared, she had a torn ACL and would not only miss the rest of the soccer season, but would also not be able to play for the basketball team this winter. Despite not being able to play, Driscoll made herself an integral part of this year's team. She did not miss a game, and only missed practice for physical therapy appointments to rehab her knee.
"I could not have asked for more from one student-athlete," said head basketball coach Trisha Cullen. "She was named a captain last year by her teammates, and when she found out she had torn her ACL, she still stuck it out."
For Driscoll, the choice to be with the team this winter was a no-brainer. "They voted me a captain, so I felt an obligation to be with my teammates," she said. "I wanted to be with them, I've been part of this program all through high school so I thought it would be weird if I didn't participate."
That doesn't mean it wasn't hard for her to have to watch from the sidelines every game. "It was so frustrating!" she said. "Every game was a reminder that I couldn't play. It was hard, but I wanted to support them."
Driscoll did a lot more than simply offer vocal support during games. She organized conditioning drills during practice and helped organize the team pasta dinners and other team building activities before games.
"I knew she was frustrated on the inside, it's hard to watch your team struggle and not be able to help out," said Cullen. "She never showed it though, she was never negative or feeling sorry for herself, it's just not in her nature. She is not a selfish person, she's a great teammate."
Driscoll will continue to rehab her knee and says she plans to play club or intramural soccer when she goes to college. She is considering UMass Amherst and the University of Connecticut. Of all the help and advice she offered to the teammates who unanimously voted her their captain, perhaps the most important was to make the most of every moment of competition.
"I told them to always play hard," she said. "I am a perfect example of how you never know when it is going to be your last play or your last game, so always play hard."




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