Local teams feel for tragedy
by Carlton D. White
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As a makeshift memorial grows at Seton Hill University, two local girls lacrosse teams will be offering their 
support for the team and late coach Kristina Quigley.
<Br>Associated Press photo
As a makeshift memorial grows at Seton Hill University, two local girls lacrosse teams will be offering their support for the team and late coach Kristina Quigley.
Associated Press photo
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On the surface, Friday’s girls lacrosse game between Pope and Hillgrove doesn’t mean much, with it pitting two teams from different classifications and areas against one another.

However, this game could mean everything to the community around Pennsylvania’s Seton Hill University.

On Saturday, as the Seton Hill women’s lacrosse was traveling to a road game, its bus left the roadway and crashed into a tree on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, killing driver Anthony Guaetta and Seton Hill coach Kristina Quigley.

The 30-year-old Quigley was 6 months pregnant. Her unborn child did not survive.

Christina Papanastasiou, a defender from east Cobb’s Sprayberry High School, is a freshman on the Seton Hill team, but she was not injured in the wreck.

Since Saturday, there has been an outpouring of support from the lacrosse community, helping the Seton Hill program and its late coach, who left behind a husband and son.

Hillgrove and Pope have joined the movement to honor those who died in the crash, designating Friday’s game “Play 4 Seton Hill” night at Hillgrove.

Both the Lady Hawks and Lady Greyhounds will be wearing crimson-and-gold ribbons on their shoelaces — representing the Seton Hill school colors — and all the teams will participate collectively in a moment of silence after the playing of the National Anthem. The varsity game will begin at 5:30 p.m., with a junior varsity game at 7 p.m.

Similar events involving thousands of players, through various social media websites, have already taken place across the country as a big push of support.

“I have two daughters who play lacrosse at Lenoir-Rhyne (University), and they did something like this for (Seton Hill) on Tuesday,” Hillgrove coach Kim Minick said.

Quigley was in her second season at Seton Hill after launching the program at Erskine College in Due West, S.C. Erskine and Lenoir-Rhyne are conference rivals, and Minick said her daughters knew Quigley from there.

“I thought it was a great idea that Lenoir-Rhyne did,” Minick said, “so I spoke to the Pope coach (Michael Kennedy), and they jumped on this idea with us.”

Minick has encouraged fans at Friday’s game to wear crimson and gold. Players are being asked to make posters that will line the stadium’s fence.

“Lacrosse is a community,” Minick said. “When one team hurts, we all hurt. We just want Seton Hill to know that we’re thinking of them and, hopefully, this will help make the grieving process hurt a little less. We’re going to pray for them as they get back to the game we all love.”

A table will be set up at where donations will be accepted, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to a fund established for the benefit of Quigley’s son. With a donation, fans will receive a crimson-and-gold chain link that will line the stadium fence during Friday night’s games.

Since Saturday’s accident, dozens of photos of lacrosse players wearing crimson and gold have made it onto a Facebook page started by the lacrosse team at Marymount (Va.) University, and condolences have been shared on Twitter with the hashtag #onelaxfamily.

“Every team that’s done something to show their support has sent a picture to the Facebook page,” Minick said, “so that’s what we plan to do as well.”
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