Quint Kessenich: From Goalie of the Year to ESPN Commentator - LGR Episode #82 | Lax Goalie Rat

Quint Kessenich: From Goalie of the Year to ESPN Commentator – LGR Episode #82

Long before Quint Kessenich was the voice of college lacrosse games on ESPN he was starring in them as a standout goalie at Johns Hopkins University.

In this podcast, we sit down with Quint to discuss his upbringing on Long Island that lead to him playing at Johns Hopkins and a national championship along with 2 straight goalie of the year (C. Markland Kelly awards) titles in 1988 and 1989.

In fact, Q followed Jim Beardmore in the goalie of the year in 1988 and now follows up on this very podcast.

Growing up in Lynbrook, NY Quint was also a great wrestler, winning the section tournament 2 times. We discuss what wrestling taught him that he used as a lacrosse goalie and why he ended up choosing college lacrosse over college wrestling.

Quint discusses things he learned at Hopkins from his coaches like Doc Matthews, Larry Quinn, Jerry Pfiefer, and the head coach Coach Zim,

Post college we discuss Quint’s transition into broadcasting. A career that started with Hopkins radio and eventually moved to ESPN where he has covered every Men’s DI lacrosse Final Four since 1995. That’s longevity.

Love him or hate him, I think the lacrosse goalie community is blessed to have one of their own commenting on lacrosse games. At least a few times a game, Q drops some very accurate knowledge in his commentary drawing on his years of experience in the goal.

More than any other goalie I’ve interviewed, Quint is the most involved in lacrosse. He also writes for Inside Lacrosse and has just accumulated a ton lacrosse stories through his life.

Hope you enjoy this conversation with the great Quint Kessenich.

Show Notes

Here are goalie highlights (i.e. well more like clips from a single game of Quint):

Here’s some cool footage of Quint in goal at the 1996 US Men’s Club championships. Q is mic’d up so we really get to hear his communication:

Here is some of that spot on goalie commentary showing why I love Quint’s color commentary:

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