On Saturday, February 6, former Onondaga Lazers Women Basketball players gathered at the Allyn Hall Gym for the second annual alumni game. Over 25 players, from 2001 – 2014, divided up into the “white” and “blue” teams in a friendly competition among former teammates.
Although all of them were coming to lace ‘em up one more time, for most, the game took a backseat to the anticipation of who was going to walk through that door next. “It’s fun and exciting,” said Elizabeth Metz DeJesus ’07, “you still get the same pit in your stomach from when you used to play, but now you get to see how everyone has changed since the last time we saw each other.”
With the game evolving into an annual event, the alumni who take part can find solace that at least once a year they’ll be able to reconnect with former friends. “Since graduation, we’re all living extremely busy lives,” said Jennifer Collis ’10, “it’s easier to stay connected because of social media, but for so many of us to take a timeout from our lives and come back here for this proves how important our time was here.” Collis was one of the players who came within one game of a National Championship and when she sees her former teammates and the memories begin coming back the emotions still run high. “That was a really special run,” she said, “to be part of a team that was so close and was making history in the process is still one of the best times I’ve ever had to this day.”
After the game, most of the alumni stayed to cheer on the current Lazers, who defeated Jefferson Community College to remain perfect on the season, before enjoying a celebratory lunch with one another to cap off a special day of memories and laughter. For more information on alumni opportunities and events please contact Russ Corbin at firstname.lastname@example.org.