There's never a good time to see your senior season come to an end.
And while it happened to untold thousands of high school and college athletes in mid-March due to the spread of the novel coronavirus, it happened even earlier for Lake Oswego's Jack O'Donnell.
O'Donnell, 21, saw his final year on the Colorado College men's lacrosse team come to an end before he even played a game, his season short-circuited by labrum surgery that came on the heels of four shoulder dislocations during preseason practices.
Given what followed for all of his Colorado teammates — the Tigers saw their season canceled March 12 after just six games (and a 6-0 record) — O'Donnell took the loss of his senior season hard.
"It was difficult news to receive. Being a senior, (it) proved especially troubling," said O'Donnell, who would have been a starting midfielder for Colorado. "Playing lacrosse at Colorado College was one of the best decisions I ever made. Being on a team at such a small college allowed me to develop relationships with kids from all over the nation."
School: Colorado College
Year in School: Senior
Major: International Political Economy
Team: Colorado College men's lacrosse Team
High School: Lake Oswego, Class of 2016
While he never got to play his senior season, O'Donnell made his mark with the Tigers in his first three years. As a freshman, he played in six games, ranked 13th overall and second among first-year Tigers with seven points (incuding a season-high three points with a goal and two assists in a 25-1 victory against the University of Dallas).
As a sophomore, O'Donnell appeared in 12 games, scoring once in his team's 24-7 win over The College of Wooster, and picking up a pair of ground balls in victories over Berry College and Colorado State University-Pueblo. And as a junior, he was one of 10 Tigers who played in all 15 games, tying for fifth on the team with six assists, for eighth with 10 goals and ninth with 16 points, all of which were career highs.
Now, with his lacrosse career behind him and his senior year classes proceeding online, O'Donnell is looking to the future as he finishes his degree in International Political Economy.
"(I'm) finishing up my courses online, actively applying and preparing for upcoming interviews, furthering my career in finance, enjoying my youth and learning along the way," he said. "(I'm) learning to accept the circumstances, using it as a positive recharge."
You count on us to stay informed and we depend on you to fund our efforts. Quality local journalism takes time and money. Please support us to protect the future of community journalism.