Former Terps players Jen Adams, Brian Dougherty and Kelly Amonte Hiller, as well as eight-time national champion coach Cindy Timchal, were inducted into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame on Saturday night at the Grand Lodge in Hunt Valley.
The quartet, who were accompanied as 2012 inductees by four-time Syracuse All-American midfielder Roy Colsey, three-time Orangemen All-American attackman Tim Nelson, three-time Princeton All-American attackman Jesse Hubbard and Middlebury's Missy Foote, a five-time IWLCA National Coach of the Year, joined more than 350 lacrosse greats enshrined in the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame at US Lacrosse headquarters in Baltimore.
Here are some snippets from the remarks by the former Terps:
Adams, now head coach at Loyola (introduced by Maryland coach Cathy Reese): "Obviously, I know a lot of the names that have come through before me, and there's so much respect for those people as mentors of the game.Those people, in my eyes, are the lacrosse gurus. For me to be alongside them now is very, very humbling. Lacrosse, for me, has been and continues to be just the right fit."
Dougherty, now in his third season as coach at Division II Chestnut Hill (introduced by his father, Dan Dougherty): "Reflecting back on all the great things that lacrosse has given me and on all the people who gave me my opportunity ... it means a lot. And it means other people recognized me for the things I did. That's a humbling and awesome honor. It's been an incredible journey."
Amonte Hiller, now in her 12th year as coach at Northwestern (introduced by Timchal): "This is really a culmination of all the great players that I've had the opportunity to play with and all the coaches I've had an opportunity to work with. I came to the sport late in life (high school), but this sport is the greatest thing that happened to me."
Timchal, in her seventh season at Navy (introduced by Missy Meharg, head coach for field hockey at Maryland): "On a personal level, this is an opportunity to be grateful to the game. It's because of women's lacrosse that I've had the opportunity to reach out to young players, to coach at all different levels, and to coach at programs that had winning traditions and ones that were starting traditions. This class is outrageous. I'm so honored to be a part of this class and to be inducted with some of my players."
Here are bios for each Terps inductee:
Adams, who is in her fourth year as coach at Loyola, played at Maryland from 1998 to 2001, earning first-team All-America honors three times and winning the Tewaaraton Award as a senior. Adams was named the National Player of the Year and the IWLCA National Attacker of the Year three times, winning each award in 1999, 2000 and 2001. She concluded her career as Maryland's all-time leader in goals, assists, and points, and helped lead the Terrapins to four straight NCAA national championships from 1998 to 2001. A native of Australia, Adams also played for the Australian national team in 2001, 2005 and 2009 and earned All-World honors twice.
Dougherty was a two-time first-team All-American at Maryland (1993-1996), earning the award in his junior and senior seasons. He was a two-time recipient of the USILA's Ensign C. Markland Kelly Jr. Award as the nation's top goalkeeper (1995, 1996) and was named the Lt. Raymond Enners Award winner as the nation's Most Outstanding Player in 1995. In addition, he was MVP of the 1995 NCAA Championship after leading Maryland to a second-place finish. Dougherty played nine professional seasons in Major League Lacrosse and was an MLL All-Star six times and the Goalie of the Year three times. He also won two world championships as a member of the U.S. men's national team in 1998 and 2010.
Kelly Amonte Hiller
Amonte Hiller was a four-time All-American, earning first-team honors in 1994, 1995 and 1996 after receiving second-team honors as a freshman in 1993. She helped to lead the Terps to the NCAA national championship in 1995 and 1996, and was named the National Defensive Player of the Year in 1995 and the National Offensive Player of the Year in 1996. She was chosen as the Atlantic Coast Conference's Female Athlete of the Year in 1996. Amonte Hiller is a three-time member of the U.S. women's national team (1997, 2001, 2005), and was selected to the All-World Team in 2005. She is in her 11th season as head women's coach at Northwestern.
Timchal is the all-time winningest coach in NCAA women's lacrosse history, with a 412-108 career record in 30 seasons as a head coach through 2012. She is the only women's lacrosse coach to lead three different teams to the NCAA tournament, having done so previously with Northwestern and Maryland in addition to her current team, Navy. Timchal has won the NCAA national championship eight times (1992, 1995-2001) -- all at Maryland -- and made her 24th NCAA tournament appearance in 2012, the most all-time among coaches. She was named the IWLCA's National Coach of the Year in 1999, was the ACC's coach of the year four times (1999, 2000, 2001, and 2003) and was recognized as the head coach on the NCAA's 25th Anniversary Team in 2006.
Bios and quotes from rest of the class:
"For me, this is a tremendous pat on the back and an embrace from the entire lacrosse community," Colsey said. "They are saying we appreciate all your hard work and dedication to the game. I'm humbled beyond words and honored beyond imagination."
Roy Simmons Jr., who coached Colsey at Syracuse, served as his presenter.
Colsey was a four-time All-American at Syracuse from 1992 to 1995 after a standout prep career at Yorktown (N.Y.) High. He led Syracuse to the NCAA national championship in 1993 and 1995, and earned first-team All-America honors in each of his last three college seasons after earning third-team honors as a freshman. He received the USILA’s McLaughlin Award in 1995 as the National Midfielder of the Year and also was selected for the North-South All-Star Game as a senior. Colsey also played nine seasons (2000-2008) professionally in Major League Lacrosse and earned All-Star honors four times. He was the MLL’s Championship MVP in 2006. Colsey also was a member of the 2006 U.S. men’s national team.
"I know I'm being inducted as a truly great player, but my thoughts are that I'm going in as a good player that played with a lot of great players," Nelson said. "I was just pretty much in the right place at the right time. I'm sure there's nobody in the Hall of Fame who relied on his teammates more than I did."
Nelson's Syracuse teammate Derek Maltz served as his presenter.
Nelson was a three-time first-team All-American (1983, 1984, 1985) at Syracuse after transferring from North Carolina State after his freshman season. In addition, Nelson was awarded the USILA’s Lt. Col. Jack Turnbull Award as the National Attackman of the Year three times (1983, 1984 and 1985). Syracuse won the NCAA national championship in 1983 and finished as the national runner-up during Nelson’s junior and senior seasons in 1984 and 1985. Nelson also was selected for the USILA’s North-South All-Star Game in 1985, and recognized on the NCAA’s Silver Anniversary Team in 1995.
"You play lacrosse for the fun, the camaraderie, to score goals," Hubbard said. "Maybe you play to become an All-American, or to play professional lacrosse, but nobody plays lacrosse to become a Hall of Famer. It's beyond comprehension. I'm in such rarified company with these other inductees tonight. This is a pretty special class."
His college teammate Jon Hess served as presenter.
Hubbard holds the record for goals in a season (53) and career (163) at Princeton. He was a two-time first-team All-American and three-time first-team All-Ivy League selection, as well as the 1995 Ivy League Rookie of the Year and 1996 Ivy Player of the Year. After playing as a midfielder his freshman year, Hubbard moved to attack in his sophomore year, and along with Hess and Chris Massey, he formed a unit that led Princeton to the 1996, 1997 and 1998 NCAA championships. Princeton went 43-2 in those three seasons. Hubbard scored the winning goal in overtime in the 1996 NCAA final against Virginia. After graduating, Hubbard was part of the U.S. national team that won the 1998 world championship. He was also a six-time all-star in Major League Lacrosse and retired as the all-time leading goal scorer in league history.
"I like to say to my players that 'we stand on the shoulders of those that came before us,' " Missy Foote said. "So I'm now standing on the shoulders of my players who worked hard and followed the philosophy that I was trying to espouse. They really made this honor possible."
Her husband, Richard Foote, served as her presenter.
Foote has spent 31 seasons as head coach of the Middlebury women’s program. She has a career record of 376-101-1, with a winning percentage of nearly .800. She has guided Middlebury to the NCAA Division III national championship five times (1997, 1999, 2001, 2002 and 2004) and has recorded four perfect seasons. Under her guidance, Middlebury has recorded seven conference championships and made 14 straight trips to the NCAA national semifinals from 1994-2007. She has been recognized as the IWLCA National Coach of the Year five times.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun