Sports profile: Maureen McQuade

By Heather DiLalla
March 27, 2003

Maureen McQuade is not the average Cabrini student. She is a talented athlete who is involved with two sports, lacrosse and field hockey. She is not one to brag and when she was asked to describe herself as a player she responded, “the team makes me the player I am.”

She went to Ridley High School, where athletes take their competitors very serious. Hard work and determination is second nature to her as a result of the constant practices and the desire to win.

The hard work as obviously paid off for McQuade, as she earned herself co-caption of field hockey and lacrosse this season. As a freshman, she started every game for the women’s lacrosse team. She earned Rookie of the Year and was one of the top scorers as a first year student.

McQuade shares her captain duties with fellow teammate and best friend Anne Dougherty. Together, they make a great team because they work as one, and confide in each other

Entering this season, McQuade had her doubts about the team because of the loss of seven key players. But after earning a win on Monday, March 24 against Neumann, the team began to feel comfortable.

“Spring break was great for us because it allowed us to become more of a team. It is hard to get used to new players, when you are comfortable with playing with the same girls for three years, but that is a part of the game. We get along great off the field and I think that carried over to our playing ability,” McQuade said.

She also expressed how impressed she was with the 10 new freshmen. According to McQuade, every freshman has stepped up and done their job. McQuade believes that there is a lot of depth on their team and that anyone can go in off the bench and do just as good as the starters.

Their 18-7 victory against Neumann sparked a positive vibe for the Lady Cav’s. Senior Colleen Conner had five goals, and McQuade had two. The fan support was good considering it was an away game.

“I am very confident in this season. I think we have the potential to go far,” McQuade said.

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