When Jenny Schneidereith gave birth to quadruplets, Sept. 23, 1998, it would have been impossible to predict what would ultimately be the common thread that binds the siblings as they enter their teenage years.
Still, anyone who knows Jamie, Maggie, Lucy and Georgia also understands where most of the Towson High freshmen's free time is spent — on the lacrosse field practicing and playing the sport that has become the centerpiece of their lives.
"No makeup, they're not into boys yet, they just love lacrosse," said Jenny. "They're wholesome. Sometimes I look at them and say, 'Did they come from me? Are they really mine?' We've just been very blessed."
Naturally, their father, Wilbur, who played prep lacrosse at St. Paul's and coached the girls' rec league teams when they were 6, deserves much of the credit for introducing them to the sport.
"Their dad had a strong passion for the game and he is definitely their bond," said Jenny, noting Wilbur is also a lacrosse referee.
To this day, the 14-year-old quadruplets feel most connected on the field.
Maggie, the quiet one, plays attack. Jamie and Lucy are midfielders on the varsity with Maggie while Georgia, the youngest, is a junior varsity goalie for the Generals.
"We have just always been together," Jamie said. "There is nothing else real specific we like to do other than lacrosse.
"I feel like lacrosse is one of the main things we've all done together," Lucy said. "If it wasn't for (my sisters), I probably wouldn't be playing many sports."
They play almost year-round as members of the prestigious M & D Lazers club team, based in Howard County.
Traveling to and from lacrosse game in the region is nothing new to the Schneidereith's. When the girls were younger, the family was used to spending almost every summer weekend together at youth lacrosse tournaments.
Rare were weekend camping or beach trips during lacrosse season.
"They (tournaments) are like a vacation for all six of us," Jenny said. "We kind of go and move as a unit. I'm probably the luckiest mom in the world to sit there and watch four of them at the same time. It's just a beautiful thing, and they love it."
The days of watching all four girls on the same team changed slightly last summer, when Maggie earned a spot on the Lazers' elite 2016 Black team while the rest stayed on the 2016 Red squad.
Jamie will join Maggie on the Black team this summer, while Lucy and Georgia will play for the Red team again.
The girls are not strictly one-dimensional when it comes to their activities.
Lucy, who played basketball with Jamie and Maggie at Towson, also dances for the Lutherville-Timonium Recreation Council.
"I've gone from a game to a dress rehearsal before," she said.
Her sisters are quick to poke fun at her dance moves and mannerisms on the lacrosse field. Yet they admit they love to watch Lucy dance, even though they prefer lacrosse over a recital.
"She (Lucy) has the artistic brain and the athletic brain, and it's not very often you see them together," said Jenny, who rode horses when she was young but never played lacrosse at Dulaney.
Identical siblings Lucy and Jamie also show a mischievous side occasionally, tricking their friends or teachers in the process.
"April Fool's Day is our holiday," said Jamie, who recalled switching seats for a day to surprise a teacher who couldn't tell she and Lucy apart.
That ploy worked in kindergarten, too.
"We switched classrooms and they didn't find out all day," Lucy said. "Some of our friends didn't even figure it out."
Coaches, except for dad, face the same problem.
"Our coaches don't know the difference between us," Lucy said.
"They have to wear their goggles or I can't tell them apart," said first-year Towson High coach Jamie Giffuni.
She knew the look-a-likes had strong enough skills to join Maggie and freshman midfielder Catherine Della Santina on the varsity as a promising freshmen foursome.
Maggie showed she can excel at that level when she scored four goals and added five assists in the Generals' 19-13 triumph over Franklin on April 12.
A competitive desire to get on the field for more playing time drives Maggie.
After a preseason scrimmage in which she saw little action, she went home and practiced in the back yard for so long the family dog, a female Charlie, even gave up chasing the ball.
"She was out there for an hour and half after lunch and an hour and a half before dinner," Jenny said. "She was just bound and determined, because there is a strong desire to get on that field. (Not playing in the scrimmage) was a very humbling experience."
Help along the way
Maggie says the coaches, like her dad and club coach Greg Danto, an assistant coach at Mount Hebron High, in Howard County, have taught her other methods to excel on the field.
"He (Danto) has helped me so much." said Maggie, who is right-handed like her sisters, but plays mostly left-handed. "I wasn't really much of a feeder on attack, I would just go to goal and he's made me more of a feeder and all-around player."
Georgia, the junior varsity goalie, wants to be a more complete goalie and has benefited under the tutelage of senior varsity goalie Haley Hicklen, who will play at the University of Florida next season.
"You can't put a price tag on that, to have Haley there to work with her is just amazing," Jenny said.
Georgia knew from the start she would be playing junior varsity, which is what she wanted.
"I will get a lot more playing time than if I was on varsity, so it is more of an experience," she said.
Playing in the goal wasn't always a pleasant experience for Georgia at Ridgely Middle School.
"I liked it, but I didn't know if I really liked it, and I kind of went through a rough patch," Georgia said.
Thanks to the support of her sisters, she decided to stay with the family lacrosse game plan.
"I was like, 'I love this sport and I never want to stop playing.'" she said. "It was an eye-opener, and I want to keep playing all through college if I get a chance."Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun