It's an old trope in sports: When you reach the top of the mountain early, getting there can seem easy. Christopher Brown and Casey Fitzgerald were no exception.
Brown (sixth round, 2014) and Fitzgerald (third round, 2016) made it to the Frozen Four as freshmen at Boston College in 2016, falling by one goal to Quinnipiac in the semifinal round. They left that game with big plans for the remainder of their college career.
"I was young, naïve at the time," Fitzgerald said by phone on Thursday. "You look at it and think, We can do this every year. We're going to go back and we're going to win it next year, we're going to win three national championships in a row.
"That's what the thought process was. You don't realize how hard it really is to get there."