Penn Yan's Laurie Quackenbush in a word: Superb

Gary Pinneo

It seems to be a common practice in this day and age to enhance the simplest things with an embellishing adjective. 

Thanks to this Madison Avenue approach to life, every day activities have become “huge”, mediocre fast food has become “super”, and poorly produced television programs have become “must see”. 

Maybe this a product of the fast paced, wireless environment we live in that has a tendency to produce a lot of flash but many times very little substance. 

The end result of this "dumbing down" of society is that it is sometimes hard to recognize when something is truly noteworthy or extremely good.  This is not the case when we use the ‘superb’ to describe the collegiate lacrosse career of Penn Yan's own Laurie Quackenbush.

Laurie is the daughter of Glenn and Sue Quackenbush of Penn Yan. 

She graduated from Penn Yan Academy in 2004 and was a member of the ultra successful Penn Yan Mustang Girl's Lacrosse program under Coach Patti Queener.  These teams won multiple Finger Lakes and Section V titles and even brought home a New York State championship.  Many of these PYA laxers have gone on to play lacrosse in college.  But it is another thing when a player has a collegiate career that equals or surpasses their high school successes.  Such is the case with Laurie Quackenbush.

Ms. Quackenbush completed her hugely successful college lacrosse career at St. John Fisher in Rochester last week.  The 5'10" senior midfielder recently was named to the Empire 8 Conference team with three of her teammates.  For the second consecutive year she was the Conference Player of the Year.  Laurie also garnered 1st team honors all four years of her college career at Fisher.  She was named the college's prestigious "Fisher Sportswoman of the Year" and earned All-American status from the NCAA. 

On the field, Laurie was the team leader in goals with 43 this year, ground balls with 44, 47 draw controls, and 37 caused turnovers.  This was not just a one year thing.  Quackenbush holds the school record in goals, assists, and total points.  She had an astounding 10 game winning goals in her career.  Certainly an outstanding accomplishment. 

Laurie's collegiate career ended on Saturday with Fisher's 21-9 loss to Brockport State in the ECAC title game.  She recorded an assist in that game.  St. John Fisher ended their season with a 11-9 record.

The Penn Yan community can take great pride in knowing when you open up the St. John Fisher Women's Lacrosse Record Book, you'll see Laurie Quackenbush's name next to many of the school's record.  It also states, Hometown:  Penn Yan, New York and graduate of Penn Yan Academy.  Congratulations Laurie on a SUPERB collegiate lacrosse career.