If you’ve ever watched an NCAA college lacrosse game on TV or the internet you’ve heard Quint Kessenich’s voice, critiquing the play on the field with an expertly precise fine-tooth comb. It comes naturally to the former 2x NCAA goalie of the year, who’s built up quite the resume for himself since stepping out of the cage and behind the microphone.
While he only had a cup of coffee playing professional indoor lacrosse back in 1999 with the Baltimore Thunder, Kessenich wouldn’t trade that experience for anything in the world. In a tweet posted moments after our chat, the former MILL forward said, ‘’to scrap for a ground ball against Jim Veltman in the Maple Leaf Gardens… that’s what you live for.” Who ever thought we’d hear that from a former field goalie who was originally drafted as a goalie.
His main focus is the outdoor game but you’ll see him on the sidelines covering many other sports in the college scene for ESPN, ABC and on the CBS Sports Network. From lacrosse to basketball, his ability to cross-pollinate and work many sports goes to show his professionalism and ability. But seriously, how did he go from championship weekend in Philadelphia to the Run for the Roses?
We’ll find out this week on the Off the Crossebar Podcast with one of the most well known voices in the game, Quint Kessenich.
Kessenich has been there and done that, seen it all and called even more. Safe to say he’s a bit of an expert on the game of lacrosse and it’s been a real benefit for the game of lacrosse to have such an incredible ambassador. His knowledge is vast and his experiences range from the minimal to the sublime. But when you want to know who’s the best player in the game, and his answer is, “are we talking High School, College, Club, Pro…” you know you’re talking to the right person.
But he’s no one trick pony and that led him to being on the sidelines during some big NCAA basketball games as well as a couple infamous sideline halftime NCAA football interviews as well. “You just have to do your job and that entails getting some emotion out of people,” adds Kessenich, who said MSU coach Mark Dantonio personally called him to apologize after that interview.
As a reporter/analyst you have to be able to roll with the punches and take what’s given to you… funnily enough that’s how Kessnich played goal at Johns Hopkins. A four time All-American, he posted a 27-4 record while playing in the golden era of Paul and Gary Gait, and still ranks among the leaders in pretty much every JHU goalie stat category.
He’s got his finger on the pulse in regards to the who’s who of todays game and already has big things in mind for Jesse King, who’s pegged to be a high NLL first-round pick once he’s done at Ohio State. Having played his collegiate career against Paul Gait, Kessenich sees many similarities between the two and it’s all a part of the Canadian infiltration of the NCAA game. “Coaches now see that they have to do what they can to integrate box players and box plays like the pick and roll into their system.”
But seriously, the Kentucky Derby? The Preakness? How does a lacrosse colour-man get to the infield of some of the biggest horse racing events of the years? “I’m a horse-racing junkie.” WHAT?! The story is just as incredible as it sounds and is a shining example of why you should always keep your options open and your abilities evolving.
Kessenich has made versatility a staple in his day to day routine and it’s propelled him into the upper echelon of sports broadcasters. It just goes to show that while goalies may not be very sane, they’re highly intelligent and driven.
From the current weather on the east coast, his time playing in spandex and who will win the 2014 FIL Championships in Denver, Quint and I go one on one and he doesn’t even let me go short side on him, this week on the OTCB Podcast.Teddy Jenner is one the leading sources for lacrosse information. He comes by his love of lax honestly with a lifetime of experience, two Mann Cup championships and six years of play in the NLL. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org, follow him on Twitter @OffTheCrosseBar or catch him on Team 1410 radio in Vancouver, B.C., as the host and producer of the Off the Crosse-Bar Radio Show In 2012, he was awarded the BCLA's Norm Wright Merit Award- handed out to a member of the media deemed to have have contributed to the promotion of lacrosse.
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