Senior lacrosse player Kathy Quigley decided to take her talents to Ann Arbor and this month, she verbally committed to play at the University of Michigan.
“It’s a great school and a great program,” Quigley said.
It’s a family tradition in the Quigley household to attend the University of Michigan. Her father is a Michigan grad, and her older sister, Carrie Quigley, is currently a freshman at the University of Michigan.
“She’ll fit perfectly with the environment at U of M and bring some personality to the campus as well,” 2012 Seaholm graduate Carrie Quigley said.
Quigley also considered the University of Detroit Mercy, and Marquette University.
Kathy Quigley has been playing lacrosse since the seventh grade.
“My sister played, and when I was in the seventh grade, she told me I should play,” Kathy Quigley said. “So I did.”
This will be her sixth year playing lacrosse, and her fourth year on varsity. Quigley played a key role in the Birmingham Unified women’s lacrosse state championship run this past spring. After a difficult regular season, there was a different mindset going into the playoffs.
“We faced adversity, but Kathy raised her game, and made sure we all stepped up for the postseason,” senior attackman Alexandra Lee said.
Kathy had a spectacular postseason, capping it off by scoring the game-winning goal in overtime, along with four others in the 12-11 championship win over Hartland.
“She’s a great leader,” junior midfielder Allie Wright said. “She did everything for us.”
This past year, Quigley was all over the field. She is the most versatile lacrosse player in the state because of her unique quickness and athleticism.
“She is so good because she has a so much raw talent,” Carrie Quigley said. “Combine that with a great work ethic, and you have something special.”
Quigley received many accolades this spring; among them being a unanimous 1st team All State selection, as well as an Honorable Mention All American.
“She works really hard, especially in the offseason,” junior attackman Sam Jones said. “She never stops.”
During the offseason, Quigley played lacrosse for a club team called Detroit Lacrosse. Detroit Lacrosse is the premier club lacrosse team in Michigan, and maybe even the Midwest.
Her team attended the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association Capital Cup, along with the Nations Capital Cup, two of the top tournaments in the country, as far as level of play and recruiting exposure is concerned.
“It’s a little different playing some eastern teams being from the Midwest,” Kathy Quigley said. “The game is faster out there.”
One thing is for sure, the University of Michigan is very lucky to have Kathy Quigley as part of not only their school, but their women’s lacrosse program.
“The University of Michigan will be lucky to have her next year,” Carrie Quigley said.