Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

LACROSSE PLAYERS SPREAD THE WORD TO HONOR SETON HILL COACH, TEAM [Corrected 03/22/13]

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

LACROSSE PLAYERS SPREAD THE WORD TO HONOR SETON HILL COACH, TEAM [Corrected 03/22/13]

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This week, they are all Griffins.

Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of players across the country are wearing crimson and gold to honor Seton Hill women's lacrosse coach Kristina Quigley and her team.

A bus crash took the lives of Mrs. Quigley, her unborn child and driver Anthony Guaetta. The team was on its way to Millersville University on Saturday when the bus left the Pennsylvania Turnpike and crashed into a tree. The school has canceled games through the rest of the month, and possibly, the season.

"We were distraught and wondering what we could do for them," said Lindsay Bullock, a junior who plays for the Marymount University team in Arlington, Va. After her cousin, Malory Brunett, a member of the Frostburg State (Md.) University program, suggested her teammates would wear shoelaces or ribbons in the Seton Hill Griffins' colors for their next game, they came up with the idea of a "Play 4 Seton Hill" Facebook page.

Ms. Bullock said the response was immediate, and emotionally overwhelming: "I made the [Facebook] page on Saturday evening around 7 o'clock and by 9, I was bawling."

The team took to Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, sparking tributes from Palo Alto, Calif., to Tuscaloosa, Ala., to Surrey, England.

Ms. Bullock's teammate at Marymount, freshman Adriana Labella, said it all began Saturday, when some of the players were discussing the accident. They felt a particular sadness because they knew their coach, Beaver County native and former Pitt student Jamie Reynolds, had been a friend of Mrs. Quigley.

Feeling helpless, Ms. Labella turned to Twitter: "That's what you do nowadays, you tweet your feelings," she said.

Using the hashtag #Play4SHU, they tweeted the idea of honoring Seton Hill at various lacrosse sites and communities. People immediately began retweeting the conversations.

" 'Millersville is in, Shenandoah is going to do it, Gettysburg,' about 30 teams right off the bat," Ms. Labella said.

Young players held moments of silence before games this week. They wove ribbons through their hair, wrapped red-and-gold tape around lacrosse sticks, made posters, switched out their shoelaces for Seton Hill colors. …

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