"We never spend time apart so we will end up FaceTiming with each other every day," says Lucy Schneidereith about heading off to college without her sisters

By Caitlin Keating
Updated November 23, 2015 01:45 PM
Credit: Jenny Schneidereith

When the Schneidereith quadruplets think about heading off to college next fall, they find comfort in knowing that although they won’t be together, one unique thing will keep them connected – lacrosse.

On Nov. 11, Lucy, Georgia, Jamie and Maggie signed their national letters of intent to play Division I lacrosse at three different schools – Jamie and Lucy at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Georgia at the University of Albany in New York state and Maggie at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

“It was very exciting,” says Lucy, 17, who lives in Baltimore with her three sisters and parents. “We have been committed verbally for two years now and we have just been waiting for the day to come when it would be official.”

The sisters say they re “best friends” and think it will be “so weird” when they part ways next year.

“We are so used to being together all the time.,” says Jamie, who has been playing the sport since kindergarten. “It will be strange. But lacrosse keeps us together. We are all so different personality wise so it definitely is the one thing all of us have in common.”

Jamie says she acts like the “boss,” Lucy is the musical one in the bunch and plays guitar, Maggie is quiet but a “beast on the field,” and Georgia is the “most talkative sister by far.”

She also admits that although they love the sport, it’s their competitiveness that has gotten them this far.

“We compete against each other a lot, says Jamie. “We motivate each other. It keeps us in line. We are so used to being compared to each other that we want to do well and we don t want to mess up.”

While they re proud of how far they ve come together, they re also looking forward to achieving recognition on their own.

“A lot of people usually assume that all four of us are the exact same person,” says Lucy. “We try extra hard to stand out in certain aspects of our lives so people will know that the four of us are individuals and not just an unit. At college we will have new friends and won t know the same people.”

Although Jamie and Lucy will both be going to Drexel, they decided not to be roommates.

“We know we will be seeing each other so much anyway so we will need a little bit of time apart,” says Lucy.

Their mother, Jenny Schneidereith, says she’s “lucky to have such amazing girls,” and couldn’t be prouder.

“They have put in a lot of dedication and hard work but they re ready to all now go in different directions,” says Jenny, 50, a logistics coordinator for a food company. “It s time for them to not be compared and contrasted. “They re looking forward to going out there and getting their own set of friends and making their own mark but I don t think they have any clue how much they re going to miss each other.”

Nor does she. She admits she feels “bittersweet” about them going out on their own.

“They re prepared and ready,” says Schneidereith, 50. “But you know life is changing and it will never quite be the same.”