Jay T. Van Rensselaer
Is It Sweeter the Second Time?
"Winning in 2005 came as such a splendid shock, it was hard
to absorb it in one sitting. Our senior class that year had
gone through so much, falling short of a national
championship three straight years, that the most prevalent
feeling our underclassmen had, I think, was happiness at
seeing that group of guys finally be successful and
perfect. In 2007, our season was different. In the middle
of the year, we looked a long way from the steamroller that
was the 2005 Jays. At 4-4, it was possible we wouldn't
make the playoffs. After a three-game losing streak, my
personal low point at JHU, we turned our season around to
finish with a win streak that took us right through
Memorial Day. Losing three games in a row didn't mean
discouragement; it meant that those blows helped solidify
the 2007 Blue Jays into a tight-knit family that knew, no
matter what, we had 53 men ready to take on all comers.
That is what I will remember about 2007. Not the shock of
2005, but the teammates and friends of 2007."
— Kyle Miller, A&S '07, defenseman for the Blue
Jays men's lacrosse team, which this spring won its second
national championship in three years
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