Millersville athletes make most of a tragic situation
Wristband sales, a benefit, are stronger than expected BY JENNIFER TODD, Staff Writer
Boarding a bus Friday for an away game in West Virginia, the Millersville University women's lacrosse team was awash in somber remembrance.
Almost a week earlier, headed to a game at MU, the women's lacrosse team from Seton Hill University was involved in a bus crash near Carlisle that killed the team's six-months' pregnant head coach, Kristie Quigley, Quigley's unborn son and the driver of the bus, Anthony Guaetta, 61, of Johnstown.
Quigley, 30, had just started her second season at Seton Hill.
"Getting on that bus (Friday) was ... another moment of sadness, another reminder," Marauders head coach Mia Hall said Sunday. "It was on all our faces. It was one of those things -- you don't know what it's going to feel like until you're in the moment."
A school official led the team in prayer before the five-hour trip, telling the women not to "get stuck in fear, and to go forward."
"I thought that was important," Hall said. "I think we all needed to hear that and have that support."
In the locker room before the game against Alderson-Broaddus College, the team paid tribute to Quigley and Seton Hill.
"We promised to keep Kristie's family and players in our thoughts and to go out and play hard for them," Hall added.
They did just that, crushing the Battlers 23-1.
And they did it, too, wearing wristbands of crimson and gold, Seton Hill's colors, which they created as a tribute to Quigley.
The bands will be worn by MU and the other 11 teams in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference for the remainder of the season.
The sweat wristbands, emblazoned with "onelaxfamily" and the initials "KQ," are being sold for $8 and benefit a scholarship fund set up for Quigley's young son, Gavin.
The fund, established by a longtime friend of Quigley's husband Glenn, has so far raised more than $62,000.
Hall said 1,600 wristbands already have been sold. The orders have come from lacrosse teams and individuals nationwide.
"We had no idea what to expect," Hall said, adding that she initially ordered only 100 bands. "We thought if we could sell 500, that'd be great. But the orders just kept coming, and we had to go back and order more. It's exploded in a way I don't think we ever imagined."
Hall said she hopes to have the first 1,000 wristbands that were ordered in the mail later this week. She said the wristbands will be sold at least until the end of the lacrosse season in May.
Orders can be placed online at www.millersvillela crossecamps.com/seton-hill -onelaxfamily.cfm.
Hall said that once the orders are filled, the remaining supply will be sold at games, tournaments, clinics and camps. She also hopes to have them available at the campus store.
"It's not about the money," Hall said. "It's about doing everything we can to support Kristie's family and team. We want them to know we're here and we're with them."
Elizabethtown College women's lacrosse players honored Quigley with a moment of silence before their game Thursday against Amherst. The team also will be collecting donations for the scholarship fund.
To make a donation to the scholarship fund, go to www.gofundme.com/2bt9g4#description.
"We thought if we could sell 500, that'd be great. But the orders just kept coming, and we had to go back and order more. It's exploded in a way I don't think we ever imagined."
MU Coach Mia Hall