Seton Hill lacrosse team begins season after losing coach in bus accident

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PITTSBURGH —

The Seton Hill lacrosse team played its first game Thursday since a bus crash killed their coach and her unborn child last year.

The team has since dedicated this season to their former coach Kristina Quigley.

Quigley was killed in March of last year when the team’s bus crashed on the Pennsylvania Turnpike near Carlisle.  The driver of the bus and 19 others were also hurt.

The team’s first game since the crash was Thursday at Notre Dame College, near Cleveland.

Channel 11’s Joe Holden talked with new head coach Courtney Grove before the game, who said the team is extremely focused this year.

“I think we’re just ready to step on the field and play,” Grove said.

Grove said emotions are high and the team is looking forward to playing for Quigley.

“What I keep telling them is, ‘It’s game day and we have to be ready to go,’” Grove said. “Once that whistle is blown, we’ll all be fine.”

Grove called Quigley a dear friend, and said she returned to Seton Hill to help the girls get through a tough time.

“Did I think it would be because of what happened? No. I think I had it deep down inside of me to help,” Grove said. “Coaching is not only on the field, but it's off the field -- making sure you guide them in the right direction.”