Women’s Lacrosse team: playing with their hearts

The Seton Hill University (SHU) women’s lacrosse team came up with a major defeat over the Tiffin University Dragons (Ohio) March 16 with a score of 18-10. After suffering from a close 10-8 loss last week against nationally ranked (15) Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC), SHU bounced back earning themselves a 4-1 current season record.

 It was on this same date last year that SHU experienced a tragic incident with the death of the Griffin women’s lacrosse coach Kristina Quigley, from a fatal bus accident that took the life of her and her unborn baby. Due to this disastrous event, the Griffin women’s lacrosse team had decided to cancel the rest of their season from there on out.

 Needless to say, this season the Griffins have come back stronger than ever, defeating teams in huge margins and showing fierce energy. With new head coach, Courtney Tamasitis Grove, SHU has continued on with their dominance this year.

“With the loss of Kristie (a good friend and teammate of mine), I feel it is my responsibility to continue to instill the team qualities she believed in.  I want to continue to build the legacy she has left behind and continue to move the program in a successful and positive direction.  I will honor Kristie everyday with my coaching and will always remember all she has done for this program,” said Tamasitis.

 The day before the game, players and coaches joined together by the memorial stone located in front of the bleachers at Dick’s Field, in honor of Coach Quigley. Here, the Griffins planted flowers including a special rhododendron bush; colored ribbons that represented their grade level and a wind chime, so whenever the elegant sound chimed the girls would know that their beloved coach was there on the field with them

“It was a way for the team to show Coach Quigley how strong and united we have become because of her. We played in honor of her, but truly we play in honor of her every day,” said Emma Simmers, redshirt junior midfielder for the Griffins, who also scored an impressive double hatrick against the Tiffin Dragons.

“Being the one-year anniversary, this day was very important to us and not just to perform well but to play with inspiration and emotion,” said Tamasitis.

As for how the game went against Tiffin, SHU gave the fans and other supporting Griffin teams on campus a stellar show. From scoring their first goal in the opening five minutes of play by Emily Fagan, redshirt sophomore attacker, to scoring their 18th goal with three minutes left of play by Morgan Cain, redshirt senior attacker. The Griffins displayed a composed attitude during the game even when the Dragons shot for a comeback in the second half.

“I thought the team did well. We put together some nice strings of passing and played very unselfish lacrosse,” said Tamasitis.

With this win, the Griffins look forward to continue onto their success with back-to-back away games against the Shepherd University Rams (5-2) of the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WVIAC) March 18, then followed up March 22 against PSAC’s Gannon University Golden Knights.

But most importantly, when asked about the goals for the season and the steps to receive it, the answer was simple: to play as a unified team improving each week as a player and student athlete, in hope of making it to the PSAC Championship.

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