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March 15, 2023 — Lacrosse’s lows and highs

In the last few days, the first-year women’s lacrosse program at Clemson has felt the polar opposite of emotions.

Monday, the Tigers were feeling great. Coming off a win over nationally-ranked Duke, Clemson was afforded the status of being ranked in both the US Lacrosse and the IWLCA polls.

Yesterday, however, the program released a video message recorded by head coach Allison Kwolek.

In the message, Kwolek revealed that she has breast cancer and would be away from the team periodically during treatment.

“I have full faith in my incredible staff and our athletic department support system to carry on our standard and continue to move this program forward,” Kwolek said in her remarks. “I know there will be good days and bad days, but I will fight.”

Former Rutgers men’s goalie Bill Olin and former Penn State attacker Madison Carter will be taking on parts of Kwolek’s duties during treatment. Both have had varied coaching experiences in the last few years.

But I’m pretty sure that neither have had to become an interim head coach in a situation like this.

Somehow, I think the Clemson program will find its inner fortitude during this time of trial.

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