By Ronald Hanaki
ESU Field Hockey’s junior forward Bailey Quinn was the leading goal-scorer from the past season that saw the Warriors reach the PSAC Championship Game and the semifinal of the national tournament.
Quinn has always been a savant with the stick. She grew up playing with the WC Eagles, the country’s leading field hockey club team.
Quinn said, “I definitely got a lot of skills playing with the WC Eagles.”
“We played year-round–indoors in the winter time,” said Quinn.
Quinn first played at Division I Old Dominion University before transferring to ESU.
“It was definitely challenging going in there as a freshman,” said Quinn. “But I had an awesome experience going there.”
After one year of playing Division I field hockey, Quinn decided to take her talents to ESU.
“I loved it there, and I learned a lot. But it was far enough that family members couldn’t watch me play,” stated the Phoenixville, Pa. native.
“But coming here was awesome, too,” said Quinn.
“Field hockey at Division I is at a higher level than here. So hopefully, I can bring that to this school,” said Quinn.
Quinn scored eight goals in her first season with the Warriors. But this season, she scored 13 goals to lead the team.
“The team atmosphere was a lot more closer than last year,” said Quinn.
“As a whole, we definitely connected, which helped people with their different skills,” said Quinn. “We worked as a team very well.”
The highlight of the season was going to Kentucky to play in the national semifinal game.
“That was an awesome experience,” said Quinn. “I haven’t really traveled that far.”
“It makes you proud of where this program is–going to the Final Four,” said Quinn.
“The [pregame] banquet was awesome,” said Quinn. “I saw girls that I played with during my freshman year [at Old Dominion],” said Quinn.
“We did community service in an elementary school. It was awesome going there and telling kids about field hockey. Then they came to our game the next day and watched us play,” said Quinn.
Quinn was proud of her team’s effort in the national semifinal game.
“I think we played our best and gave it our all,” said Quinn.
“But definitely from next season, we have to start from the beginning at 110% and let it carry through the entire game,” said Quinn.
Off the field, Quinn is an early childhood education major.
“A lot of my aunts are teachers, and I have been around them all my life,” said Quinn.
“I have a younger brother, and I work at a day care back home. So I’ve got the experience,” said Quinn.
“I plan to teach pre-K to 4th grade wherever I can get a job,” said Quinn.
She is also interested in being a coach.
“I am coaching right now for an indoor team, and I did last year, too,” said Quinn.
Quinn is already making goals for next season.
“We definitely need to come together as a team and figure out our team expectations next year,” said Quinn.
“It starts in the spring,” stated Quinn. “We all need to be on the same page.”
“Hopefully, next year we will win it all,” stated Quinn.
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