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Lacrosse Legends: “2013 National Lacrosse Hall Of Fame Class” Features Seven All-American Players And One Coach For Induction Ceremony On Oct 26
Legends Of Lacrosse: “The Chris Sanderson Project” Celebrates The Courageous And Inspirational Life Of The Former Virginia Men’s Lacrosse And Team Canada Goalie Who Lost His Battle With Brain Cancer In 2012 (Video)
Chris Sanderson was a lacrosse coach and member of the Canadian team defending their world championship.. Sanderson was an assistant coach for the Philadelphia Wings in the National Lacrosse League from 2005 to 2007 season. Sanderson played for parts of five seasons as a goaltender.
Chris was a member of the Sanderson family of Orangeville, Ontario. He is the cousin of current NLL players Josh, Phil, and Nate, and was the nephew of both Wings GM Lindsay Sanderson and Calgary assistant coach Terry Sanderson.
Sanderson led the University of Virginia Cavaliers to two NCAA Final Fours. He has played in four world championships with the Canadian National Team, and has coached the U-19 Canadian team to a world championship. He also teaches at the Pennington School in Pennington, NJ, and owns a lacrosse company and club team known as True North Lacrosse Company.
He was originally diagnosed with a grade IV malignant brain tumor called Glioblastoma Multiforme in December, 2008. The 2006 ILF gold medalist fought back, miraculously representing Canada at the 2010 FIL World Championships in England, helping the Canadians to a silver medal. Sanderson was named to the All-World Team at the goaltender position in the 2010 FIL WC.
Sanderson lost his battle with brain cancer on June 28, 2012 at the age of 38.
Lacrosse Heroes: ESPN Video “Man In The Red Bandana” Memorializes The Heroic Efforts Of Former Boston College Lacrosse Player Welles R. Crowther In Leading People To Safety During Terrorist Attack On World Trade Center On Sept 11
Ten years later: Remembering Welles R. Crowther, the man who led people to safety after terrorists struck the World Trade Center on September 11th — a former Boston College lacrosse player whose trademark was a red bandana.
Legends Of Lacrosse: Harry J. Smith AKA “Jay Silverheels” Became Actor Who Played “Tonto” In “The Lone Ranger” In The 1950’s; Discovered While Playing Indoor “Box” Lacrosse For Six Nations
“…How Smith, a lacrosse star of the Six Nations of the Grand River, became Silverheels, an actor who despised his own portrayal of an Indian, is a story that spans a continent and an era.
But few realize that what put him on the path to Hollywood was the invention of indoor lacrosse — box lacrosse, as it is called in Canada and western New York.”
At Iroquois Lacrosse Arena in Hagersville, Ontario, the home of the Six Nations Chiefs, box lacrosse champions of eastern Canada, a photograph from 1931 hangs on the wall. Gazing ahead resolutely and gripping a lacrosse stick is a handsome dark-haired Mohawk man with a bandage over his right brow.
That man was Harry J. Smith, but many years later, he became known to the world as Jay Silverheels, the actor who played Tonto in the “The Lone Ranger,” a television series that ran from 1949 to 1957. This summer, there is renewed interest in Silverheels, after Johnny Depp’s portrayal of Tonto in the big-budget film “Lone Ranger.”
“He would never have been discovered, never have become Tonto, if he hadn’t been in L.A. to play box lacrosse,” said the historian Larry Power, compiler of the Internet archive Bible of Lacrosse.
Playing on the fields at Six Nations, Harry Smith excelled at lacrosse at a time when the game was undergoing a profound change. In 1931, the owners of the N.H.L.’s Montreal and Toronto franchises needed to fill summertime dates at their buildings. Their solution: shrink traditional lacrosse to 7 men a side from 12 and move it indoors to the Forum and to Maple Leaf Gardens. Professional box lacrosse was born, with Smith a player on the Toronto Tecumsehs.
The concept took off, and within a couple of years, arenas, municipal auditoriums and armories across Ontario and New York State were hosting the “fastest game on two feet.” Smith and his colorfully nicknamed brothers and cousins, including Russell (Beef), Sid (Porky) and George (Chubby), starred on teams in Toronto; Buffalo; Rochester; Atlantic City; and Akron, N.Y.
Legends Of Lacrosse: Hobart Men’s Lacrosse Attacker Rick Gilbert (1971-74) Still Holds NCAA Div II Records For Career Points (444) And Assists (287)
National League Lacrosse: Colorado Mammoth Legends #24 John Grant Jr. And #22 Gary Gait Career Comparisons As “The Greatest?”
The members of the 2013 induction class are: Jim Berkman, Quinn Carney, Michele DeJuliis, Sue Heether, Bill Miller, Tracy Stumpf, Ryan Wade, and Michael Watson.
The National Lacrosse Hall of Fame, a program of US Lacrosse, was established in 1957 to honor men and women who by their deeds as players, coaches, officials and/or contributors, and by the example of their lives, personify the great contribution of lacrosse to our way of life. More than 380 lacrosse greats are honored in the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame, which is located with the Lacrosse Museum at US Lacrosse Headquarters in Baltimore.
Brief bios for this year’s inductees follow, with more detailed career accomplishments listed further below:
Berkman will be inducted as a truly great coach. He completed his 25th season as the head coach at Salisbury (Md.) University in 2013 and his year 26th overall as a head coach. Berkman is the all-time winningest coach in NCAA men’s lacrosse history, with a 428-48 career record through the 2013 season. Berkman has won the NCAA Division III national championship 10 times (1994, 1995, 1999, 2003-05, 2007, 2008, 2001, 2012) – all at Salisbury – and finished as the national runner-up four other times. He also has the highest winning percentage (90.1%) of any men’s college coach in history. Berkman has coached Salisbury to seven undefeated seasons and 17 conference championships. He has been recognized three times as the USILA’s national coach of the year (1991, 2008, 2012), and eight times as his conference’s coach of the year.
Carney will be inducted as a truly great player. A four-year starter as a midfielder at the University of Maryland, Carney was a two-time All-American, earning first team honors in 2001 and third team honors in 1999. She helped to lead the Terrapins to four straight NCAA national championships from 1998-2001, and three straight ACC Championships from 1999-2001. Carney was a three-time All-ACC selectee (1999-2001) and was also selected to the ACC’s 50th Anniversary Team in 2002. She finished her Maryland career ranked third on the school’s all-time list in assists (110), fifth in goals (162) and fifth in points (265). She was a two-time member of the U.S. Women’s World Cup Team (2001, 2005) and named to the All-World Team in 2005. Carney holds the record for most goals scored in World Cup play (37) by a U.S. player.
DeJuliis will be inducted as a truly great player. She was a four-time All-American at Penn State University, earning first team honors in 1995, 1996 and 1997, and third team honors in 1994. DeJuliis finished her career ranked sixth on Penn State’s all-time scoring list with 203 points, and led the Nittany Lions in scoring in 1994, 1995 and 1996. As a senior, she served as team captain and was selected for the North-South All-Star Game. DeJuliis was a member of the U.S. Women’s National Team Program from 1994-2009, and served as captain of the 2009 World Cup team that won the world championship. She has received both the Amy Willard Award (1997) and the Beth Allen Award (2009) as a participant in US Lacrosse’s Women’s National Tournament, and has been honored twice as MVP of the Vail Shootout Tournament.
Heether will be inducted as a truly great player. A four-year starter at Loyola University Maryland, Heether was a first-team All-American in 1990 and also selected as the IWLCA’s national goalie of the year that season. She was a three-time member of the U.S. Women’s World Cup Team (1993, 1997, 2001), helping Team USA capture the world championship in each of those years. She also served as an alternate to the team in 1989 and 2005. Heether ranks second all-time in saves (53) by a U.S. player in World Cup competition. Following her playing career, she added a fourth World Cup title as head coach of the U.S. team in 2009. Heether was recipient of US Lacrosse’s Beth Allen Award in 2005 as the most outstanding U.S. team player at the National Tournament.
Miller will be inducted as a truly great player. He was a four-time All-American at Hobart (N.Y.) College, earning first team honors in 1989, 1990 and 1991, and honorable mention status in 1988. Additionally, Miller was a two-time winner of both the USILA’s national Division III player of the year award and national attackman of the year award (1990, 1991). He helped lead Hobart to four NCAA Division III national championships (1988-1991) during his career, and finished as Hobart’s all-time leader in goals (173), and second all-time in assists (145) and points (318). Miller played professionally in the indoor NLL for the Philadelphia Wings from 1991-1998, and was MVP of the NLL’s championship game in 1998. He was also a two-time member of the U.S. Men’s National Team, helping Team USA to world championships in 1994 and 1998.
Stumpf will be inducted as a truly great player. A four-year starter on defense at the University of Maryland, Stumpf was a two-time, first team All-American, earning the honor in both 1985 and 1986. She was also named to the NCAA’s All-Tournament Team three times (1984, 1985, 1986) and was team captain for the Terrapins’ first national championship team in 1986. Stumpf played in the North-South All-Star Game in 1986. Additionally, she was named to the ACC’s 50th Anniversary Team in 2002, and the NCAA’s 25th Anniversary Team in 2006. Stumpf spent seven years (1986-1993) as a member of the U.S. Women’s National Team Program, and was a member of the 1989 championship-winning U.S. World Cup Team. She served as an alternate for the 1986 U.S. World Cup Team.
Wade will be inducted as a truly great player. He was a three-time All-American at the University of North Carolina, earning first team honors in 1993 and 1994, and second team honors in 1992. Additionally, Wade was tabbed as the USILA’s midfielder of the year in 1993. Wade was the ACC’s player of the year in both 1993 and 1994, and was a four-time selectee to the All-ACC team (1991-1994). North Carolina won four ACC championships during his tenure, and also captured the NCAA national championship in 1991. Wade was a member of three U.S. national teams, playing on the U-19 squad in 1992 and the world champion U.S. Men’s National Team in both 1994 and 1998. He was selected to the All-World Team in 1998, and also named as winner of the Best and Fairest Player Award (MVP) at the 1998 world championship.
Watson will be inducted as a truly great player. A four-time All-American at the University of Virginia, Watson earned first team honors in 1996 and 1997, second team honors in 1995, and third team honors in 1994. He was also named as the USILA’s attackman of the year in 1996. Watson won the ACC’s Rookie of the Year Award as a freshman in 1994 and the ACC’s Player of the Year Award as a senior in 1997. He was also a four-time All-ACC team selectee. Watson helped lead the Cavaliers to the NCAA national championship game in both 1994 and 1996, and was named the NCAA Tournament’s most outstanding player in 1996. He finished his career ranked second on UVA’s all-time scoring list with 141 goals. Watson was a member of the 1998 U.S. Men’s National Team, and a five-time all-star professionally in Major League Lacrosse.
A more detailed listing of each inductees’ accomplishments follows below:
• Head Coach at Salisbury (Md.) University (1989 to present); 419-43 record.
• Cumulative record of 428-48 through the 2013 season (includes one year at SUNY Potsdam)
• Winner of 10 NCAA Division III National Championships (1994, 1995, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012)
• Finished as national championship runner-up four times (1991, 2000, 2006, 2010)
• All-time leader in career wins among men’s college coaches, at all levels, with 428 victories
• Highest winning percentage of any men’s college coach in history (90.1%)
• Has coached Salisbury to seven undefeated seasons (1994, 1995, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2012)
• Led Salisbury to 87-game regular season winning streak over a seven-year span (2003-2009)
• Has led Salisbury to 17 Capital Athletic Conference titles
• Three-time USILA National Coach of the Year (1991, 2008, 2012)
• Eight-time conference Coach of the Year (1996, 2002, 2003, 2005-2008, 2010)
• Has led Salisbury to a record 25-straight NCAA Tournament appearances (1989-2013)
• Has coached eight national players of the year winners and 43 national position players of the year
• Has produced 160 All-Americans through 2012
• Four-year starter as a midfielder at St. Lawrence (N.Y.) University
• Selected as a USILA Division III All-American in 1982 and played in the North-South All-Star Game
• Inducted previously into St. Lawrence University Hall of Fame (2001)
• Four-year high school player at Hunterdon Central (N.J.) (1994-1997)
• Selected as a high school All-American (1997)
• Four-year starter as midfielder at University of Maryland (1998-2001)
• Two-time All-American: 1st Team (2001); 3rd Team (1999)
• Three-time All-ACC selectee (1999, 2000, 2001)
• Selected as ACC Tournament MVP (2001)
• Selected to ACC’s 50th Anniversary Team (2002)
• Won four NCAA National Championships (1998, 1999, 2000, 2001)
• Won three ACC Championships (1999, 2000, 2001)
• Finished her Maryland career ranked third in assists (110), fifth in goals (162), fifth in points (265).
• Selected as North-South All-Star Game MVP (2001)
• Two-time member of the U.S. Women’s World Cup Team (2001, 2005)
• Named to All-World Team (2005)
• Member of U.S. National Team Program (1997-2008)
• Holds career record for most goals scored in World Cup play by U.S. player (37)
• Previously inducted into US Lacrosse New Jersey Chapter Hall of Fame (2009)
• Previously inducted into US Lacrosse Potomac Chapter Hall of Fame (2011)
• Previously inducted into Hunterdon Central High School Hall of Fame (2011)
• Four-year high school player at Loch Raven (Md.) (1990-1993)
• Four-time high school All-American: 1st Team (1991, 1992, 1993), HM (1990)
• Selected as The Baltimore Sun’s Metro Player of the Year (1992) and All-Metro Team (1992, 1993)
• Four-year player at Penn State (1994-1997)
• Four-time All-American: 1st Team (1995, 1996, and 1997); 3rd Team (1994)
• Finished career ranked as Penn State’s sixth all-time scorer with 203 points (142g-61a)
• Led Penn State in scoring three times (1994, 1995, 1996)
• Team captain as a senior and selected for the North-South All-Star Game (1997)
• Team captain for U.S. Women’s World Cup Team (2009)
• Member of U.S. Women’s Elite Team (1994-2009)
• Winner of Amy Willard Award as outstanding college player at National Tournament (1997)
• Winner of Beth Allen Award as outstanding U.S. Team player at National Tournament (2009)
• Two-time Vail Shootout MVP and four-time Vail Shootout All-Star
• Previously inducted into US Lacrosse Greater Baltimore Chapter Hall of Fame (2008)
• Previously inducted into Loch Raven High School Hall of Fame (2012)
• Four-year college player at Loyola University Maryland (1987-1990)
• First team All-American (1990)
• National Goalie of the Year (1990)
• Three-time member of the U.S. World Cup Team (1993, 1997, 2001)
• Two-time alternate to U.S. World Cup Team (1989, 2005)
• Three-time World Cup champion (1993, 1997, 2001)
• Member of U.S. National Team Program (1989, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1996-1998, 2000-2005)
• Ranks second all-time in saves by a U.S. player in World Cup play (53)
• Head Coach of World Campion U.S. World Cup Team (2009)
• Head Coach of U.S. National Team (2005-2009)
• Winner of Beth Allen Award as outstanding U.S. team player at National Tournament (2005)
• Previously inducted into Loyola University Maryland Hall of Fame (1995)
• Previously inducted into US Lacrosse Greater Baltimore Chapter Hall of Fame (2004)
• Four-year player Episcopal Academy (Pa.) High School (1984-1987)
• Selected as All-State and All-IAC as a senior in 1987
• Four-time All-American at Hobart College, 1st Team (1989, 1990, 1991); HM (1988)
• Two-time winner of the USILA’s Division III Player of the Year Award (1990, 1991)
• Two-time winner of the USILA’s Division III Attackman of the Year Award (1990, 1991)
• Named as USILA’s National Player of the Year (1991)
• Selected to North-South All-Star Game as a senior (1991)
• Led Hobart to four NCAA Division III national championships (1988, 1989, 1990, 1991)
• Finished as Hobart’s all-time leader in goals (173), second in assists (145), second in points (318)
• Set NCAA Division III Tournament and game records for assists and points (1988)
• Played professionally in NLL for the Philadelphia Wings (1991-1998)
• Named MVP of the NLL championship game (1998)
• Two-time member of the U.S. Men’s National Team (1994, 1998)
• Inducted previously into Hobart College’s Athletics Hall of Fame (1997)
• Inducted previously into the US Lacrosse Philadelphia/Eastern Pa. Chapter Hall of Fame (2002)
• Four-year player at Springfield (Pa.) High School (1978-1982)
• Two-time first-team all-league selectee (1981, 1982)
• Four-year player at University of Maryland (1983-1986)
• Two-time first team All-American (1985, 1986)
• Three-time member of NCAA All-Tournament Team (1984, 1985, 1986)
• Team captain for NCAA national champions (1986)
• Selected for North-South All-Star Game (1986)
• Named to ACC’s 50th Anniversary Team (2002)
• Named to NCAA’s 25th Anniversary Team (2006)
• Member of U.S. World Cup Team (1989)
• Alternate for U.S. World Cup Team (1986)
• Member of U.S. National Team Program (1986-1993)
• Member of U.S. U-23 Touring Team (1987)
• Previously inducted into Delaware County (Pa.) Hall of Fame (2004)
• Previously inducted into Springfield High School Hall of Fame
• Previously inducted into US Lacrosse Philadelphia/Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter Hall of Fame (2012)
• Three-year high school player at Severn School (Md.) (1988-1990)
• Selected as The Baltimore Sun’s Metro Player of the Year (1990)
• Selected as a high school All-American (1990)
• Three-time All-American at North Carolina: 1st Team (1993, 1994); 2nd Team (1992)
• Winner of the USILA’s Midfielder of the Year Award (1993)
• Four-time selectee to All-ACC team (1991, 1992, 1993, 1994)
• Selected twice as the ACC’s Player of the Year (1993, 1994)
• Selected to North-South All-Star Game as a senior (1994)
• Helped North Carolina win the NCAA national championship (1991)
• Helped lead North Carolina to four ACC championships (1991-1994)
• Two-time member of the U.S. Men’s National Team (1994, 1998)
• Selected to All-World Team (1998)
• Winner of the Best and Fairest Player Award (1998)
• Member of U.S. Men’s U-19 National Team (1992)
• Selected to U-19 All-World Team (1992)
• Inducted previously into US Lacrosse Chesapeake Chapter Hall of Fame (2008)
• Inducted previously into Anne Arundel County (Md.) Athletic Hall of Fame (2010)
• Four-year high school player at St. Paul’s (Md.) School (1991-1993)
• Selected twice to The Baltimore Sun’s All-Metro Team (1992, 1993)
• Selected twice as a high school All-American (1992, 1993)
• Four-time All-American at Virginia: 1st Team (1996, 1997); 2nd Team (1995); 3rd team (1994)
• Winner of the USILA’s Attackman of the Year Award (1996)
• Four-time selectee to the All-ACC team (1994, 1995, 1996, 1997)
• Selected to North-South All-Star Game as a senior (1997)
• Named ACC Rookie of the Year (1994)
• Named ACC Player of the Year (1997)
• Named Most Outstanding Player in NCAA Tournament (1996)
• Led Virginia to ACC championship as team captain (1997)
• Finished career ranked second at Virginia in career goals (141)
• Played professionally in MLL for Boston Cannons (2001-2004) and LA Riptide (2006-2008)
• Five-time MLL All-Star (2001-2002, 2004, 2006-2007)
• Member of the U.S. Men’s National Team (1998)
• Inducted previously into US Lacrosse Greater Baltimore Chapter Hall of Fame (2011)
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Lacrosse Legends: Former Team USA Men’s Goalie Brian Dougherty Inducted Into 2012 National Lacrosse Hall Of Fame (Video)
Brian Dougherty, one of the most recognizable names over the past 30 years of men’s lacrosse, was formally inducted to the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame at the Grand Lodge in Hunt Valley, Md.
Legends Of Lacrosse: Team Canada Lacrosse Goalie Chris Sanderson Dies Of Brain Tumor, Leaving Behind Legacy As “The Best International Goalie In History”
Chris Sanderson is gone but the memory of his gutsy goaltending for Canada at the 2010 world lacrosse championship while coping with brain cancer will endure.
Sanderson, a champion on and off the field, died Thursday. He was 38.
“What Chris Sanderson had to overcome physically and mentally to play one more time for his teammates and for Canada is something I will never forget,” said Dean French, the team’s executive director.
Sanderson not only helped Canada win silver in Manchester, England, he was named best goaltender for the third time in the four quadrennial tournaments in which he took part. He’d been a star on the 2006 team that upset the United States to win the world title for Canada for the first time in 28 years.
“Canada has been represented by some of the greatest players to ever play lacrosse and Chris Sanderson is the greatest national team player of them all,” said 2010 head coach David Huntley. “He has been the leader of our team since 1998 and we will miss him greatly.”
Sanderson is survived in New Jersey by his wife, Brogann, and daughters Stevie, 6, and Clementine, 4, by his parents Phil and Sue Sanderson of Orangeville, Ont., and by the extended Sanderson family that has been so vitally involved in Canada’s national summer sport for many years.