Josh Sims would seem to be a slam dunk candidate for the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame.
After all, the Annapolis native accomplished just about everything possible while playing the stick sport.
However, US Lacrosse has a specific process in place that requires individuals to first be honored by one of the regional chapters in order to be eligible for the National Hall of Fame.
Sims will take that important step next month when he is inducted into the Chesapeake Chapter of US Lacrosse Hall of Fame. The Severn School graduate headlines a list of six all-time greats from Anne Arundel County that will be formally enshrined during a dinner banquet being held on Jan. 24 at the Annapolis Elks Lodge #662.
Chesapeake Chapter’s 2019 class features three male and three female players. Sims will be joined on the men’s side by a pair of goalkeepers – former Loyola College standout Charley Toomey and Maryland legend Jack Schofield.
A trio of early pioneers comprise the women’s honorees – Andrea Holthaus Whiteford (Archbishop Spalding, Loyola College), Megan Riley Clark (South River, James Madison) and Kate Graw Lamond (Severn School, Dartmouth).
Sims was a two-time All-Metro selection as a versatile midfielder at Severn and achieved even greater success at Princeton University. The 6-foot-2, 205-pounder earned the McLaughlin Award as Division I Midfielder of the Year in both 1998 and 2000.
Sims was a three-time, first team All-American and helped Princeton capture two national championships and four Ivy League crowns. He was the first Princeton and fourth Ivy League athlete to receive the Top VIII Award, the highest undergraduate honor presented by the NCAA.
Sims continued his career at the professional level in both the National Lacrosse League (indoor) and Major League Lacrosse (outdoor).
After beginning his indoor career with the Washington Power, Sims joined the Colorado Mammoth and became one of that franchise’s cornerstone performers. He piled up 206 career points while helping Colorado capture the NLL Champions Cup in 2006.
Sims began his MLL career with the Baltimore Bayhawks (2001-2005) and was a key member of two championship teams. He has also played with the Denver Outlaws (2006-2009, 2012), Toronto Nationals and Chicago Machine.
Sims was a five-time All-Star selection who finished with 225 career points and was named to the Major League Lacrosse 10-year anniversary team. He was inducted into the Anne Arundel County Sports Hall of Fame in 2013.
Holthaus was at the forefront of the explosion of women’s lacrosse, starring at Spalding in the early 1980s then going on to a decorated career at Loyola. The Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association started selecting All-Americans in 1984 and Holthaus was the first Anne Arundel County player to make the list.
Holthaus, a hard-charging attacker, was an honorable mention selection in 1985 then earned second team honors in 1986 and first team laurels in 1987. She still ranks fourth in Loyola women’s lacrosse history with 184 career goals and sixth with 246 points.
Holthaus, who was inducted into the Loyola-Maryland Athletic Hall of Fame in 1994, was a senior on the Evergreen campus when Toomey was a freshman.
Toomey became a two-time All-American as a goaltender, garnering honorable mention in 1989 and third team in 1990. The Arnold native still stands second in school history with a career save percentage of .651 – having stopped 329 shots and allowed 176 goals from 1987-1990.
Toomey is entering his 14th season as head coach at his alma mater and owns a career record of 134-64 with nine NCAA Tournament appearances. The Severna Park resident led Loyola to the Division I national championship in 2012 – the first in program history. The Greyhounds have captured seven conference championships (three ECAC, four Patriot League).
Graw was named the Capital Gazette Newspapers Female Athlete of the Year in 1996 after earning All-County honors in soccer, basketball and lacrosse. She moved on to Dartmouth College and became a three-time All-American in lacrosse, drawing second team honors as a sophomore and junior before being named first team as a senior.
Graw ranks 12th on Dartmouth’s career charts for both points (157) and goals (111) while standing eighth in assists (46). The imposing attacker was chosen first team All-Ivy League in 1999 and 2000.
Schofield grew up in Annapolis and was a three-sport standout (football, basketball and lacrosse) at St. Mary’s High, graduating in 1961. He earned a lacrosse scholarship to the University of Maryland and became a two-time All-American.
Schofield was the first team All-American goalie as a senior in 1965 after leading all of Division I with 190 saves. The left-hander stopped 154 shots en route to earning honorable mention laurels as a junior.
Schofield was inducted into the St. Mary’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 1997 and the Anne Arundel County Sports Hall of Fame in 2007. He was an assistant coach at Air Force and Army on opposite ends of a distinguished 11-year military career that saw him serve as an intelligence officer for the Air Force and fight in Vietnam.
Riley, the Capital Gazette Newspapers Player of the Year as a senior at South River High, was at the forefront of a steady wave of Anne Arundel County products to play lacrosse at James Madison.
Riley was a three-time All-American, earning first team honors in 1998 and 1999. The Davidsonville native was the Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Year as a senior after being named the Rookie of the Year as a freshman.