A great holiday, but an unfortunate injury

(Editor's note: Maryland's Shay Doron, a 5-foot-9 sophomore guard, will share a diary with ESPN.com throughout the season.)

Jan. 3, 2005

First off, Happy New year to all!

My vacation at home was, to say the least, GREAT! I got to spend quality time with my family and my two amazingly cute dogs (they are both mutts we found roaming the streets when I lived in Israel). OK, OK, I'll spare you anymore mushy, mushy family talk.

When we got back to College Park, the team was happy and excited to get return to business. On the second day of practice after we got back, something sad, unavoidable and unpredictable happened. Laura Harper, one of the two
starting posts, lined up to run a sprint just like she always did. Nothing irregular about the sprint or how she took off, but, in the blink of an eye, POP! Harp tore her Achilles and is DONE for the whole season!

Talk about a shock. No one touched her she did not slip on anything, but just like that, her freshman season ended. And what a heck of a season she was having, I might add (if you have not already heard about her for some strange reason). No one ever deserves for that to happen, but Harp is truly a great person, a great teammate and a great friend, so it hurts that much more to see her hurting. The worst part is that because she played more than a certain amount of games, she cannot redshirt and get another year to play.

In sports, you lift to get strong, you stretch, you practice and train your body, but nothing prepares you mentally. You have to enjoy and cherish the time on the court and with your teammates because you never know when it might be
taken away.

New Year's Eve
Our team stayed at a hotel on New Year's Eve, and the plan was to go to Gillian's (an all-you-can-eat buffet, video games, etc.) and then to a movie. When we got to Gillian's, the man at the door told us you had to be 21 to get in. Great. The whole bus ride, myself, Ashleigh Newman and Crystal Langhorn were telling each other how good we were
at bowling and we were already excited to play. Well, maybe another time.

We ended up watching "Meet the Fockers." After the movie we went straight back to the hotel to watch the ball drop in NYC. Fun night, huh? I'm just glad my teammates are entertaining or else the night would have been ruined.

We are leaving to play Virginia Tech today, our first ACC game and a huge road test for our young, and now one-man down, team. Wish us luck!!

Till next time.Go Terps!