It was a historic night for the Bishop Eustace field hockey program Monday as senior forward Erin Quinn became the first player in team history to score 100 goals in her career.
The occasion could not have been set up any better for the Crusaders as they were celebrating senior night. They beat Olympic National Division opponent Cherry Hill West, 12-0.
Quinn notched her 100th goal within the first nine minutes of the game. Her teammates made sure she got the opportunity to do it.
"It was really nerve-racking," Quinn said. "I didn't even know it was going to happen today. All the girls on my team since the start have been supporting me through all the goals, and they were trying so hard to get it on my stick and accomplish this big milestone, not only for myself but the whole team."
Coach Danielle Senior was happy to see Quinn accomplish the milestone, but like her star she has never emphasized individual statistics.
"I don't think it was ever really about the 100 goals or the milestone until she got 96," Senior said. "We were looking through the stats and I said we never really reward people for milestones.
"I think the fact that she not only has 100 goals but she has 60 assists, I think that speaks even bigger volumes," Senior added. "Although she has that many goals, she has more than half of that number in assists."
Quinn and Senior view this accomplishment not as an individual effort but as a testament to what kind of team Bishop Eustace is. With a strong group of senior leaders and a selfless group, this milestone was made possible.
"I think it is obvious what kind of team we have when you see how the beginning of the game everyone knew it was going to be Erin's 100th goal and everybody tried to feed her the ball," Senior said.
Quinn has improved in every facet of the game since arriving at Eustace and has developed strongly with the rest of the seniors throughout four years. Besides becoming an elite goal scorer, she has become a team player who always seems to make the right play.
"When [previous seniors] moved out, we all had to step up, and each year we had bigger roles to play," Quinn said, talking about entering their sophomore year.
Quinn is looking to build off this night and help her team finish the season strong.