March 12, 2014

Former Dartmouth Lacrosse Player Steinberg Passes Away

by Corey McLaughlin | | Twitter

Blaine Steinberg (Dartmouth Athletics)

The Dartmouth College and Penn Charter (Pa.) lacrosse communities are mourning the passing of Dartmouth junior Blaine Steinberg, who was a member of the Big Green lacrosse team for one season and was two-sport captain in lacrosse and soccer at Penn Charter.

She fell ill and passed away suddenly on Friday evening at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Dartmouth officials said. She was 20.

The cause of death was not known, Dartmouth said, but there was no apparent evidence of an infectious illness. The Dartmouth, the school's student newspaper, reported that Steinberg died of a heart attack and that though Steinberg had been exercising shortly before her death, doctors said the activity did not cause the attack, according to her father, Sid Steinberg.

Steinberg was a member of the women's lacrosse team at Dartmouth during her freshman year but did not play due to injury. She told The Dartmouth last spring that she suffered two concussions while at Dartmouth and decided to leave the team to avoid more injury.

Steinberg had torn her ACL in high school, forcing her to quit the soccer team heading into her senior year at Penn Charter, and she had said that experience made leaving lacrosse easier.

"I was training to get back and I decided that it wasn't worth the risk. I just wasn't myself with the concussion." she was quoted as saying. "I knew I could be happy without playing."

Steinberg said she wanted to be a sports reporter, and was the sports director for the college's radio station. She broadcasted soccer and baseball games, and was set to work baseball again this spring.

"During her time with the women's lacrosse team, as an athletic fundraising intern and talking Dartmouth athletics as part of the Big Green Scene, Blaine always displayed an engaging personality and a wonderful passion for sports. We extend our deepest condolences to her family and friends in this tragic hour," Dartmouth athletics director Harry Sheehy said.

In high school at Penn Charter in Philadelphia, Steinberg, from Wynnewood, Penn., was a two-time team captain in lacrosse and for one year in soccer. She also earned several other awards, including US Lacrosse Academic All-American honors in 2010 and 2011.

A funeral was held Monday. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that contributions in Steinberg's memory may be made to The Main Idea at Camp Walden, 180 E. Prospect Ave., #178, Mamaroneck, NY 10543 or the Women's Legacy Fund at the William Penn Charter School, 3000 W. Schoolhouse Lane, Philadelphia, 19144.

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