At the start of the coronavirus pandemic last year, people around the world faced issues they had never dealt with before. The isolation that came with the lockdown, canceled activities and the inability to travel were all new experiences. In the world of athletics, the effects were almost total. At St. Michael’s College in Burlington, Vermont, for example, the men’s lacrosse team suddenly took a three-game break in their 2020 campaign.
Dan Brownell, like the rest of his teammates, now had to deal with something he loved so much being ripped from him. Unlike his friends, dealing with the loss of lacrosse in his life created a void in Brownell’s mind that he didn’t know how to fight. The 2019 graduate Niskayuna, who played both soccer and lacrosse for the Silver Warriors, was already facing challenges in his personal life. The cancellation of the lacrosse season triggered something in him that led to a deeper dive into depression.