At the age of 4, Meghan Quinn discovered her love for lacrosse, but unlike other girls in her neighborhood, she played against the boys. Quinn played for her uncle's soft stick boys' team until she was old enough to join the Maryland Lacrosse Club's girls' team.
Now a senior Roland Park Country School, Quinn has 14 years of experience under her belt as she prepares for her final season with the Reds. A tall player, Quinn plays center and other wing positions on the midfield.
Quinn played recreation lacrosse through middle school until joining her club team, the Skywalkers. Quinn represented the blue and white every summer for the last seven years.
Quinn has embraced her athletic talents while at Roland Park, serving as a member of the basketball and soccer teams. Next year, Quinn will attend Richmond, where she will compete on the Spiders' lacrosse team.
PressBox: Who is your lacrosse role model? What have you learned from them, and why do you look up to them?
Meghan Quinn: Growing up, Danielle Spencer from Northwestern was definitely my role model. She was extremely tall and amazing at the draw, and I wanted to be just like her when I got older. Her work ethic and talent produced results for her, as she won three national championships in her four years at Northwestern and was named an All-American twice. She was able to do this and maintain her stellar grades, and I aspired to be able to do this, too.
PB: What do you think makes lacrosse more unique than other sports?
MQ: I think the speed of the game is why lacrosse is so much different than other sports. Every player is involved at all times during a lacrosse game, and you always have to be on your toes. Conditioning is such a huge part of lacrosse, and it really is an advantage to have a lot of stamina and endurance.
PB: What do you expect from Roland Park during this upcoming season?
MQ: We lost a lot of very talented seniors last year, but so did many other schools in our conference [Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland]. There are some great underclassmen coming into the program and moving up, so I'm looking forward to incorporating them into the team. We will definitely have a young team, but that isn't necessarily a weakness. I think we will be competitive this year, and we are looking to make it back into the championship.
PB: How did you feel about co-coaches Kristin Nicolini and Reagan Koffel resigning? What is the team's morale over new head coach Kim McNemar?
MQ: I have played for Coach Nicolini and Coach Koffel on varsity since I was a freshman, so it will definitely be a tough adjustment to have new coaches for my senior year. I learned a lot from them, and the program was very successful during the time that they coached here. I know some of the people on our team have played for our new coaches during her time as the JV lacrosse coach here, and I have heard great things about her coaching style. I am really excited to be a part of the transition, and I know that other upperclassmen are as well.
PB: In what ways has lacrosse helped you off the field?
MQ: Lacrosse has taught me a lot about being disciplined, and it has also helped me to be very self-motivated. These skills have translated into other parts of my life and have helped me with school and activities I am involved in. It is also a huge time commitment for me, so I have definitely been able to improve upon my time management skills.
PB: What are you most looking forward to in your final season?
MQ: I am really excited about being a leader on my team this year and helping us rebuild and find success. After two close losses in the past two years, I am grateful to have one last opportunity to compete for the championship and see the results of all the hard work we have put in over the past three years.