Knowing the people involved in the entire athletics program at Villanova, it was a surreal moment to see all the hard work that the players, coaches, trainers, and program had dedicated for so many years finally come into fruition on Monday night.
I truly couldn’t believe what was happening as I watched the game sitting in my Trinity apartment. Because of the time difference, the game didn’t come on until 2am here in Dublin and even though it was the middle of the night, I was wide awake with adrenaline glued to my computer screen watching it. I tried to keep my cheers down throughout the game, but when they hit that final buzzer beater shot, I most definitely woke up my roommate Meg and possibly the rest of Dublin, screaming with pure joy.
I have re-watched that final play at least 100 times today and I still get chills each and every time. It’s moments like that that make everything an athlete puts into the sport worth it, and it’s moment like those that remind you how great the game of basketball truly is. They had an unbelievable NCAA performance, playing with class and intelligence the whole way through, embodying what it means to be a #VillanovaWildcat. As the saying goes, ‘Once a Wildcat, Always a Wildcat’; I am sure I am not alone when I say that I am one PROUD Wildcat right about now 🙂
Congratulations to everyone back home who deserved the #Victory.
Victory Scholar: Emily Leer
Present University: Trinity College Dublin
US League Partner: Big 5
Club/Community Partner: Meteors Ladies Basketball
Alma Mater: Villanova University
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