Update: The piccolo player, Roxanne Chalifoux, has chimed in on Twitter regarding the incident. She says she’s a Villanova Wildcat until she dies, through the smiles and the tears. Well done.
Villanova wildcat till I die, through the smiles and the tears
— Roxanne Chalifoux (@roxiechalifoxie) March 22, 2015
Earlier: Saturday night, Villanova became the first 1-seed to go down in this year’s NCAA Tournament, falling to 8-seed NC State in a thriller, 71-68. The Wildcats had trouble on the offensive end all night, shooting just 31% overall, despite Darrun Hilliard II catching absolute fire toward the end of the contest. After it was over, Nova fans were understandably upset. One was taking it a bit harder than most, however.
As the game ended, TBS’ cameras panned to a girl in Villanova’s band playing the
flute piccolo. She couldn’t control the tears rolling down her cheeks. Video of the incident has gone viral.
It’s a tough way for Villanova to lose, but the Wildcats still had an incredible year. Hopefully the young fan can take some solace in that.