Andrew Ciaccia doesn’t remember many details about his second concussion, in February 2014, but he does remember being pulled off the field in Chapel Hill after taking a vicious blindside hit.
After being evaluated by a trainer, who forbade him to re-enter the game, Ciaccia headed to the hospital for further treatment.
In the next few weeks, doctors and Reynolds athletic trainer Dani Horne advised him that it would be best to walk away from the sport. After conversations with his coaches and parents, Ciaccia decided to hang it up.
“It was really difficult because lacrosse had been my first love, and I really didn’t want to give it up,” he said.