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Published: Thursday, 3/21/2013

Perrysburg lacrosse player to be OK after bus crash

BY MATT THOMPSON
BLADE STAFF WRITER
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A Perrysburg High School 2011 graduate who was on the Seton Hill University women's lacrosse team bus that crashed Saturday morning on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, was injured in the collision, colleagues report.

Siiri Mason, 20, sustained injuries to her hand but is expected to be OK. The accident killed the driver and Seton Hill lacrosse head coach Kristina Quigley, who was pregnant.

"I spoke to Siiri's parents and they said physically she is much better after her hand injury, but emotionally it will take time to heal," said Patrice Brock, who was Siiri's high school lacrosse coach at Perrysburg. "It is so tough for that team to lose their head coach and have critically injured players."

Siiri is a sophomore attacker for the team. Her high school coach said she was performing well in the Division II program.

Coach Brock and her team met Monday night at practice to discuss ways they can honor the Seton Hill team and coach with possible ribbons or other things to wear during games. Siiri's younger sister, Aliisa, is currently a senior on the Perrysburg team.

"I just talked to Aliisa, she is taking it hard," coach Brock said. "They are very close. She is also going to play at college so she sees herself in that role already."

Coach Brock said the Masons are a very tight family. She also said her team took the news badly as they were at a day-long tournament and heard snippets of the accident throughout the day.

The team from Seton Hill, a small Catholic school near Pittsburgh, had been on its way to an afternoon game with Millersville University, when the bus ran off the road at about 9 a.m, in Carlisle, Pa. 

Twenty-three people were aboard the bus; Ms. Quigley was flown by helicopter with three others to Penn State Hershey Medical Center, where she died. Her unborn son did not survive.

"It effected my team greatly," she said. "We didn't know what all was happening. It was devastating for most of our girls who played with her while we didn't know the injury. Lacrosse is an extremely close community, it effects people deeply."

The Mason family was not taking interviews or releasing any statements, colleagues said. 

Contact Matt Thompson at: mthompson@theblade.com or 419-356-8786 or on twitter at @mthompson25.



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