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MLL Broadcaster Spotlight: Quint Kessenich

November 12, 2019 - Major League Lacrosse (MLL) News Release

Boston, MA- It's hard to imagine watching lacrosse without Quint Kessenich. The man simply known as "Q" has played a role in lacrosse's biggest moments for over two decades. Kessenich has been a part of ESPN's coverage of the NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championship for the past 25 years, and has called 16 MLL Championships including the league's first 13 Championship Games between 2001 and 2013.

Before starting as a broadcaster, Kessenich was a standout player at Johns Hopkins University. Kessenich was a four-time All-American as a goalie. In addition, Kessenich won the Ensign C. Markland Kelly Jr. Award in 1988 and 1989 as the nation's top collegiate goalie. Professionally, Kessenich played one season of lacrosse in the NLL with the Baltimore Thunder in 1999.

Kessenich began his television career in 1993 when he was hired by ESPN to contribute to their NCAA Men's Lacrosse coverage. Since then, Kessenich has been a part of ESPN's coverage of every NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championship since 1995.

As far as MLL goes, Kessenich has been a staple of the league's TV coverage since MLL's inaugural season in 2001. Kessenich provided color commentary for the first MLL Championship Game in 2001 on Fox Sportsnet with Mike Crispino. Since then, Kessenich has acted as on air-talent for 15 MLL Championship Games.

Both in college and MLL, Kessenich has covered the games premier talents including Lyle Thompson, John Grant Jr., Casey Powell, Matt Strieblel, and Greg Cattrano. It is safe to say that Kessenich has called more lacrosse action that anybody else over the past 25 years.

One of the biggest changes Kessenich has seen in pro lacrosse in the past 20 years is "truly how big the player pool is." When the league first started Kessenich said, "every single player was a college star and a well known high level talent." Now he says, "great players come from a variety of different places." He added, "there are more opportunities" for players under the radar.

Kessenich loves broadcasting the pro game because "every week something happens that makes me say 'wow.' Players continue to push the boundaries of what we thought was possible."

During the offseason, fans can find Kessenich broadcasting college football, college lacrosse, the Under Armour All-American Game for ESPN. Kessenich is expected to be on the call of more MLL games next season.


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