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Running Out The Clock on Four Years

Michael Romanella ’13 Sports Editor

Four years and four quarters – that’s how I see my college career at Merrimack and my time with the Beacon staff. Coming from New Jersey, the only time I’d ever heard the word Merrimack was in history class – the Battle of the Monitor and the Merrimac.

North Andover was just another place to meander, let’s face it, getting to Merrimack from any route is just a lot of trees and not much else to look at. But, like in every facet of life, there’s something that draws us to a place. The people in the community are great – it’s a close-knit community filled with joy.

The Beacon staff is just a subset of that. They are an even closer group of people who help one another grow and prosper. Over the course of a game, whether it be football, baseball or hockey, you experience adversity that must be overcome to achieve victory.

Throughout these four years there has been plenty of adversity in our version of the pressroom. But the Beacon has never faltered or folded. The staff has always risen to the occasion, and that’s a characteristic I can take with me. Being a sports editor has been an honor.

In four years I’ve been able to witness Merrimack Athletics grow to dominance. Merrimack hockey fought to a no. 1 ranking two years ago and made the NCAA tournament. They gave fans something to really cheer about in Manchester – we will see you again soon, Fighting Irish. Warriors football captured their second NE-10 championship in 2009 – something no one, other than the people in this community, ever thought could happen.

Even the construction project that is currently finishing up just shows all of us there’s a brighter future for everything at Merrimack, athletics included. The clock is winding down slowly. It’s time to work the two-minute offense in a last-ditch effort to build memories that will last a lifetime.

There’s no going back now; we can only complete this game and move on to next season. When the clock strikes zero, you can just look back, nothing more. John Lennon once said, “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” This just simply means that while we would love to live in the moment and have a peaceful ride, we can’t help but make plans for the future.

The true experience of being alive is beyond those plan. We must charish everything we have – that’s college in a nutshell. Thanks to everyone on the Beacon staff and thanks, Jim, for all you’ve taught me. Until next time.

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