They say it's never too late to do something you love. Just ask Kelsey Beres.
"I feel like at this point, this is where I'm supposed to be and I'm happy with the decision I made," she said.
A few years ago, Beres was a talented lacrosse player for West Seneca East. She didn't play travel ball though which meant college coaches weren't taking too much notice.
After her high school season ended, Beres figured that was the end of the road.
"I just had thought I wanted to really focus on school and I was happy leaving it in high school," Beres said. "I had a lot of fun and I wanted to probably like play for fun."
But life had other plans.
Beres, a freshman at the time attending SUNY Geneseo, started to miss the game. She wound up transferring to Medaille College and the opportunity to join the women's lacrosse team came along a few months later.
Beres is now a junior captain for the Mavericks and has blown her teammates and coaches away following a year and a half hiatus from the game.
"To be honest, we didn't expect her to be such a big impact right away," said Medaille head coach Russell Allen. "We trusted Coach Bouta (her high school coach) in her impact but we didn't think it would be immediate in her first year with the team."
Beres wound up scoring 34 goals and 39 points in her first year back on the field and is on her way to having another great year for the team.
It's all thanks to taking a chance and living by these words.
"Go for it. Don't be afraid," she said. "Just push and work hard and it'll all be worth it."
You can read much more on Kelsey and her journey from our friends at Sports Union WNY at the link below: