Each week, The Baltimore Sun publishes a Q&A with an area college lacrosse player to get you more acquainted with the player and his/her team. Today's guest is Johns Hopkins senior attackman Chris Boland, who recorded two goals and two assists Sunday night in his first game since breaking his collarbone in the team's season opener Feb. 17 against Towson.
How did it feel to play in just your second contest of the season in the Blue Jays' 13-9 loss to North Carolina?
It felt good to get out there and get into the swing of things and run around. I've been practicing for a couple weeks now, and it felt good just to be back out there and help this team.
You were dressed for warm-ups prior to games against Syracuse on March 17 and Virginia on March 24. Could you have played in either of those contests?
Definitely not Syracuse. But building up to Virginia, I had been practicing more and more throughout that week, and I actually saw the doctor right before that game. He watched me warm up before that game, but there was no intention of having me play that game. He kind of checked me right before the game, and he was like, 'Maybe you could have played.' But it was unrealistic. That was four weeks after surgery, and I wasn't really ready to be hit or anything like that. I could've played extra-man, but it wasn't necessary, and it wasn't worth the risk, that's for sure.
How concerned were you that the broken collarbone would end your season?
I had never had an injury like this. Obviously, I went through my [anterior cruciate ligament tear in 2010], and that was a season-ending injury. But the collarbone thing was new to me. At first, I was just overwhelmed with emotion, and I didn't really know what to think. But after getting the doctor's perspective, we decided to get the surgery, and it was more realistic to get back as soon as possible. That was the best plan for me.
How much did it grate on you to stand on the sideline and be a spectator for seven consecutive games?
It was actually tough. I was hearing what the doctors and training staff were telling me, but I kind of progressed pretty fast. By the third week, I had full range of motion, and I felt fine. I felt like nothing was wrong with me. I was going through weekly X-rays and all that. But three weeks is unrealistic for having the bone heal.
How long will it take for you to redevelop the chemistry you had with your teammates?
It shouldn't take long at all. Like I said, I've been practicing for about two weeks now. I've been working myself back in, and it came back pretty quickly. We've been playing together for so long that when we're back together, we can kind of adjust to how we play. So that hasn't been an issue.