A weekend bus crash that killed a pregnant lacrosse coach and a bus driver in central Pennsylvania has moved lacrosse teams across the country to set aside their rivalries, at least on social media.
Dozens of photos of lacrosse players wearing Seton Hill’s crimson and gold have made it onto the Facebook page Play 4 Seton Hill, set up by lacrosse players at Marymount University in Arlington. On Twitter, schools from Michigan to California – including several of Seton Hill’s NCAA Division II rivals — have shared condolences with the hashtag #onelaxfamily.
— Otterbein W Lacrosse (@OtterbeinWLax) March 18, 2013
— Queen’s Women’s Lax (@QUwomenslax) March 17, 2013
— UNH Women’s Lacrosse (@chargerswlax) March 17, 2013
— Manhattan WLax (@Manhattan_WLax) March 17, 2013
A scholarship fund for coach Kristina Quigley’s son has already raised more than $8,500 on the crowdfunding site GoFundMe.
“My daughter plays lacrosse in the same league with Seton Hill and we were just heartbroken by this news,” one donor wrote. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the Quigley family.”
Quigley and the busdriver, 61-year-old Anthony Guaetta, died Saturday morning when their bus crashed on the Pennsylvania Turnpike outside Harrisburg, Penn. The team was on its way to a game at Millersville University; the exact cause of the crash is unknown.
The accident has rocked Seton Hill, a small, Catholic college of 2,500 students, and the U.S. lacrosse community. More than 650 people attended a memorial mass on Sunday, the Pittsburgh Tribune reports. The coaching associations for both men’s and women’s college lacrosse asked teams to observe a moment of silence at their upcoming games.
“There are no words to express the sense of sorrow that we feel for all of those involved,” Steve Stenersen, the president of U.S. Lacrosse’s governing body, said in a statement. “Lacrosse is well-known for having a tight-knit community, and I know that we’ll all come together to support Seton Hill in every way possible.”