Maryland's Farrell has a new appreciation for practice
No, this is not a comparison of Farrell’s cross-over dribble with that of the former Philadelphia 76er’s nor is it a commentary on Farrell’s pull-up jumper.
Rather, the Maryland redshirt junior long-stick midfielder is not like Iverson in that Farrell actually enjoys going to practice. It’s an appreciation gained when his 2009 season was cut short after three games by an unusual injury.
In the second game of the season against Air Force, Farrell absorbed a stick check to the right side of his chest. The pain was tremendous and did not subside during the team’s flight back from Florida.
He played against Georgetown, but during a practice prior to Duke, Farrell said he almost passed out trying to complete a sprinting drill. Further examination revealed that he was suffereing from a cracked rib that that pierced a muscle near his lung. The punctured muscle released two liters of blood internally.
Farrell has registered two goals and four assists this season, ranking first on the team in caused turnovers (15) and second in groundballs (31). Farrell said as much as he looks forward to games, he has actually begun to enjoy going to practice, which is usually considered an exercise in monotony by players in many sports.
“Sometimes when you’re in practice, you’re thinking, ‘Man, this sucks. I don’t want to be here at all. I hate lacrosse. I can’t wait for this to be over.’ But when you take a year off, you appreciate that sport so much because you’re not doing anything,” Farrell said. “You want to be out there, and you’re thinking, ‘I don’t care if I get yelled at 100 million times. I need to be out there and helping out the team as much as I can.’”