Three local players to be inducted into National Hall Of Fame tonight


Three local players -- Michael Farrell, Michael Federico and Tom Keigler -- will be inducted as part of the 42nd National Lacrosse Hall of Fame class tonight at the Omni Inner Harbor Hotel.

Farrell, a former University of Maryland defenseman, was the nation's best defenseman in 1976 and was a member of the Terrapins' 1973 and 1975 national championship teams. At Calvert Hall, he was an All-American in 1972.

Federico, a member of Johns Hopkins' championship teams in 1978, 1979 and 1980, was a first-team All-American and Goalkeeper of the Year all three of those years. A graduate of Boys' Latin, he was the Most Valuable Player of the 1979 NCAA final.

Keigler, a Towson High graduate, was a first-team All-America defenseman in 1976 and 1977 at Washington and Lee. A member of Towson's 1972 and 1973 Baltimore County championship teams, he played for the U.S. national team in the 1978 and 1982 World Championships.

The other seven members are: Dee Fichter Cross, a former U.S. World Cup captain and team Most Valuable Player at Shippensburg State; Richard Finley, a former Syracuse midfielder who was one of the first to use over-the-head and wrap checks; Marjorie Garinger, an official for over 40 years; Sue Day Stahl, current Old Dominion coach who has directed the U.S. team to three consecutive World Cup titles in 1989, 1993 and 1997;

Sue Tyler, a former Maryland coach who led the Terrapins to the 1986 national championship; Valerie Walchak, a former coach and referee in the Philadelphia area for 34 years; and Paul Wehrum, Herkimer County (N.Y.) Community College coach who won seven national titles from 1988 to 1996.

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