Lacrosse player awaits decision to play in-state

Griffin Gallant; “Quentin is a great leader”


Liam Keenan

Senior Quentin Carlile catches a pass during a Varsity Boy’s Lacrosse practice on March 9. Carlile will not be able to compete against in-state teams.

Griffin Spurgin, Reporter

Because he reclassified grades after he transferred from Carmel after his sophomore year, senior Quentin Carlile, a member of the defending State champion lacrosse team, may not be eligible to play when Irish lacrosse squad takes on in-state competition.

Carlile is waiting on a decision from the Indiana High School Lacrosse Association regarding this eligibility for the rest of the season, which opened March 17 against St. Xavier from Louisville. The team is scheduled to host Forest Hills Central from Michigan tomorrow. Carlile, who started playing lacrosse in the third grade, is one of the top defenseman in the nation. He is committed to play at the Air Force Academy.

Carlile said, “I chose the Air Force Academy because of my career after lacrosse. I want to be in the military and this was the best way for me to pursue a career after lacrosse ends.”

Still opportunities to play

Because the Irish’s schedule is consists of 10 out-of-state opponents and nine teams from the Hoosier state, Carlile will still see a lot of playing time. He said, “I can’t wait to compete and help our team and compete against the best of the Midwest and be one of the best teams in the Midwest.”

Lacrosse ended for Carlile a little early last year. He broke his collarbone during a game and that put him out the rest of the season. He said, “That injury really hurt, but I did get to help coach the team and see their progress and help them when they needed assistance.” He might find himself in the same situation during this year’s State tournament.

Senior defenseman Griffin Gallant said, “Quentin is a great leader on the field. We hope he can play this year because of how big of a factor he can be. He is our go to guy when we need the ball in our hands.”

Carlile is a big hitter. He said, “I like to play defense because I get to hit people. I like to disrupt the game more than being able to score, even though I still like to score.”

Strong team for states 

Scoring will not be a difficult task for the Irish this year as they have several key returning players, including seniors Joe A’Hearn, David Bedich, Kavan Braun, Gallant, Jake Gruber, Jack Mattei and Bryce Tuttle and  juniors Kevin Kolb, Brock Snyder and Max Wirth.

Gallant said, “Months and months of hard work on and off the field take place in order for us to prepare to win State. We did it, and it was a surreal moment.”

And whether Carlile will be a part of that effort remains to be seen.