08/11/2018 5:15 AM -
Chip Quinn had no idea what he was getting himself into when he showed up to the first Team 91 Maryland tryouts.
“I didn’t know what to expect, especially when I showed up the first time and didn’t know anybody except maybe two other kids,” Quinn said. “My mom and (2019 head coach) Colton (Vosburgh) are best friends, and he’s been one of my best mentors. He’s been a role model for me, so I figured I’d give it a shot and it was really cool.”
It’s never easy to take the plunge with a brand-new club, especially in the powerful Maryland region. With that being said, once Team 91 started operations in Maryland, Quinn knew that there was the potential for something big.
“I wanted to get exposure, and with the coaches and opportunities that I had, I knew I’d get more chances to impress with Team 91,” Quinn said. “
Quinn helped make history on the 2019s, 91 Maryland’s first team, and last summer, he started to garner the attention that he’d been seeking. College coaches started looking at him more intently, with a few reaching out to gauge his interest. One of those was Division III powerhouse Lynchburg, but at the time, Quinn brushed it aside as he tried to identify what he was looking for in a school.
“They contacted me after a tournament and we’ve been talking ever since, but I never gave it much consideration because I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do yet,” said Quinn, who’s about to enter his senior year at Mount St. Joseph.
A year and change later, everything came into focus, especially after Quinn made the four-hour trip to Virginia to check out the school. It became clear to him almost immediately that Lynchburg was the place for him, and as a result, he committed to the Hornets shortly thereafter.
“I’m so excited,” Quinn said. “I really loved it as soon as I visited, with the whole family feel. It has a really good business program, which is what I’m looking to do. I have a good friend, Alec Pupshis, who goes there, and he had some good things to say about it. He didn’t want to sway me, but he knew it was a good fit for me, especially with everything that they have to offer.”
Quinn plays LSM for his high school team and splits his time between pole and close defense for 91. A strong leader with a penchant for pushing offense in transition, he credits the coaching staff for helping to improve his skills, particularly his lacrosse IQ.
“I learned so much and my lacrosse IQ went through the roof,” Quinn said. “I like to think that I’m a pretty good leader and I like to control what happens on my end of the field.
It didn’t hurt, either, that Lynchburg is four hours away. It’s perfect for him to get a little bit of distance from home, but he can still make it home easily. When it came time to find the right school, he had another great asset in his father, Leo, a high school guidance counselor, there to help him. That kind of impact is immeasurable, although the younger Quinn was somewhat reluctant to admit that his father might have a trick or two up his sleeve.
“It’s huge having him around because he’s done this for a while and he really knows what he’s talking about,” Quinn said. “I don’t want to admit that he knows a lot, but he really knows the college process well and he knew exactly what was best for me.”
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