Four years ago, a young girl named Lexie Meanor from Sewickley decided she was going to attend college. Not at Robert Morris, not at Pitt, but at Whittier, about 2,000 miles from her hometown. There, she began her collegiate career in lacrosse while making a name for herself in the Southern California area.
Coach of the Whittier Poets, Sylvia Queener, said she knew who Meanor was before accepting the coaching job there in 2016.
“She was even in our scouting report when I was coaching at another college,” Queener said. “When I came to Whittier, I was very excited to work with her.”
Meanor has started every game for the purple and gold, and she was named captain during her senior season.
However, she credits her Quaker Valley teammates and coaches for providing her the leadership qualities essential at the collegiate level.
“Quaker Valley was like playing with your best friends, your sisters,” Meanor said.
“The bonds we had with each other were so special, and that is where I got my confidence from to be the best player I can be.”
Despite notching just three wins during her senior season and ending her collegiate career on an eight-game losing streak, Meanor believes that does not reflect how hard she and her teammates worked over the last year.
“We worked very hard this season but also went up against some really great teams,” she said. “Recruiting is a big part of the process, and I think it will be exciting to watch them over the next few years.”
Meanor was first-team All-Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference at attacker as a senior and was named to the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association All-West Region second team.
She tallied career highs in goals (57), assists (14), points (71) and ground balls (81) during her final year.
Meanor also made headlines off the field. This season, she was first in Whittier history to be named IWLCA Division III top scholar-athlete of the year.
“I’ve always cared about my academics, and I don’t think that will ever change,” she said. “It’s something to be proud of other than just athletics.”
Meanor cares so much about her academics she came up with her own course of study. Through the Whittier Scholars Program, Meanor earned a bachelor’s degree in actuarial science while minoring in business administration. She was the first student to create and graduate from Whittier with this particular major/minor combination.
Queener remembers Meanor as “extremely hardworking, and it shows in her accomplishments.
“She has a wonderful demeanor on and off the field,” Queener said, “and that is what I will always remember about her.”