It was yet another heartbreaking Memorial Day afternoon for the Maryland Terrapins and head men's lacrosse coach John Tillman.
For the fourth time since 2011, the Terps fell short in the NCAA Championship game, this time with a heartbreaking, 14-13 overtime loss against North Carolina.
But even a heartbreaking championship loss can serve as a canvas for something better.
After all, this was just a sport, and sports are at there very best, a distraction from the rigors of everyday life.
Take five-year-old Fionn Crimmins, who in June of 2014 was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, the most common form of childhood cancer.
Fionn has become the embodiment of Maryland lacrosse; overcoming odds while performing with pure happiness and childlike passion.
Fionn is, unquestionable, the biggest fan of the 2016 Terps' team. There was no one more distraught following Chris Cloutier's overtime goal than the enthusiastic kid from Kensington, Md.
And there may be no greater image from the 2016 NCAA Tournament than the one captured moments after the Terps' crushing loss.
Talk about putting a loss into perspective... Coach Tillman consoling Terps fan Fionn, who's fighting cancer... pic.twitter.com/VuxV9mGipB— Brent Harris (@BrentHarrisTV) May 30, 2016
Fionn cheered for the Terps all season long, and in turn they played for him, both in the two early-season losses and the sixteen consecutive wins before Monday's loss.
But it isn't the result that matters, but the journey to get there, and more importantly, the people you meet along the way.