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Seton Hill University women's lacrosse season canceled

Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review
Seton Hill University Executive Director of Athletics Chris Snyder places flowers at a memorial set up in honor of women's lacrosse head coach Kristina Quigley on Sunday, March 17, 2013.

Saturday, April 6, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
 

Seton Hill University has canceled the remainder of its women's lacrosse season as a result of the team bus crash last month that killed the pregnant head coach and the driver and injured at least a dozen students.

In a statement Friday, the university said administrators decided to cancel the rest of the 2013 season “because of great care and concern for the physical health and emotional well-being of our students.”

Chris Snyder, executive director for athletic programs, said team members were involved in the decision.

The team was traveling to a game against Millersville University on March 16 when the Mlaker Charter & Tours bus veered off the Pennsylvania Turnpike, hit a guardrail and traveled 75 yards before smashing into a tree about 8:50 a.m., one mile east of the Carlisle interchange, police said.

Head coach Kristina Quigley, 30, of Greensburg; her unborn son, Jackson; and bus driver Anthony Guaetta, 61, of Johnstown were killed.

Police have not determined what caused the wreck. Toxicology tests for Guaetta are pending.

The most seriously injured, freshman Amanda Michalski, 18, of Coon Rapids, Mich., was released from Penn State Hershey Medical Center on March 25, according to a hospital statement.

Seton Hill spokeswoman Jennifer Reeger declined to provide information on her condition or that of any other player.

Some students on the lacrosse team are on a scholarship, Reeger said, and the university is working with each to ensure that there are no gaps in financial aid.

The women's lacrosse team has not played a game since the crash, according to an online schedule.

The decision announced Friday cancels the remaining six games, including a match that was to be held Saturday in Oakdale, N.Y., against Dowling College. The team ends the season with a 3-1 record.

Support for the Seton Hill players and Quigley continues to mount online.

A Facebook page, “Play 4 Seton Hill,” shows lacrosse players across the country donning crimson and gold ribbons — the Griffins' team colors — and a scholarship fund for Quigley's husband, Glenn, and their 2½-year-old son, Gavin, totals more than $71,000.

Kari Andren is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-850-2856 or kandren@tribweb.com.

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