Cal women's lacrosse player makes impact play after potentially career-ending surgery

In December 2011, Ana Cyr's concerns shifted away from her upcoming sophomore season toward learning how to walk again. An intrusive back surgery to repair an eroding spine forced Cyr to hang up her cleats and focus on managing daily life in which simple acts, such as sitting and walking, had become excruciating tasks. Just a year and a half prior to her senior season it seemed as if her lacrosse career was over for good, but Cyr fought her way back through hours of physical therapy, overcame the odds and played in Cal's home opener against St. Mary's. How appropriate it is that when Cal squared up against Stanford in their "Lacrosse the Bay" senior rivalry game Saturday in Berkeley, Cyr created a shift in momentum for the Bears with an assist to fellow senior Mel Humphrey to spark a comeback that would leave Cal leading the Cardinal 9-7 at halftime. Stanford went on to win 14-13. Watch Cyr's assist and heart-warming celebration from her fellow teammates here:


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