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Villanova’s ‘crying piccolo girl’ got to play her fight song with the Roots

Losing might not be so bad after all.


Michelle Jaworski


Posted on Mar 24, 2015   Updated on May 29, 2021, 5:59 am CDT

An entire nation consumed by March Madness became obsessed with a crying Villanova piccolo player after the Wildcats’ loss to N.C. State on Saturday. But things are certainly looking up for her now.

Villanova senior Roxanne Chalifoux has been making the media rounds ever since becoming a meme, and although her time playing for the school’s basketball team may be over this year, she got to play Villanova’s fight song one last time with an even bigger band: the Roots.

She also got plenty of ice cream, swag, and Taylor Swift concert tickets from Jimmy Fallon, proving that winning a tournament might not always be the greatest outcome. And if anybody knows how to help heal heartbreak, it’s Taylor Swift.

Screengrab via The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon/YouTube

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*First Published: Mar 24, 2015, 11:58 am CDT