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Arcadia/Beaver College inducts five lacrosse standouts to Athletic Hall of Fame

Wednesday, 10th February 2010

Categories College, Girl's/Women's, Posted 2/10/10
From Press Releases

Five lacrosse standouts were among the nine people recently inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame for Arcadia University/Beaver College.

The 2009 inductees included coach Mary Conklin (deceased) and players Miki Waldman DeBaise (’66), Betty King Manuel ’53, Dorothy Moffett ’46 and Jane A. Oswald ’52. Other inductees were Bette E. Landman (former President), Maureen O’Connell Martin (’91), Martyn E. Palmer (’86, ’96M) and Matthew D. Wentzel (’97) as well as the National Championship Rifle Teams of 1948, 1950 and 1951.

Here are bios on the lacrosse inductees

*Mary Conklin spent most of her professional career as a teacher and coach, which included 11 years at Arcadia, where she introduced women’s lacrosse. During the 1940s and 1950s, she coached both field hockey and lacrosse. Her record is outstanding, and she produced many All-Americans in lacrosse, including Jane Oswald ’52, who was elected to the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1994.

When the Olympics introduced women’s track and field in Amsterdam in 1928, Conklin ran on the United States 400-meter relay team and won a silver medal. It was her senior year at DePauw University. She also is a member of the DePauw Athletic Hall of Fame and the Pennsylvania Lacrosse Hall of Fame.

She was one of the founders of the Long Island Field Hockey Association and for seven years played on the U.S. Women’s Lacrosse Team. She spent most of her professional career as a teacher and coach. She retired from full-time teaching in 1974 and went on to volunteer at a physical education program for youngsters in her hometown of Stoddard, N.H.

At Arcadia, Conklin was a very dedicated coach, and alumnae respected her and considered her one of the best parts of their college experience. Also, according to many of our alumnae she had a significant affect on the women, athletics and the history of this institution. Betty King Manual accepted the award on behalf of Mary Conklin.

*Miki DeBaise played field hockey, basketball and lacrosse all four years. She was selected an “All College” First Team in field hockey for two years. She was captain of the field hockey team. She also was named to the U.S. Lacrosse Team and the U.S. Reserve Field Hockey Team and was a member of the U.S. Lacrosse World Touring Team and the Great Britain-Ireland Touring Team. She became a United States Tennis Association professional following graduation and was the winner of the over 40 National Team Championships Doubles in 1990.

*Betty Manuel played field hockey, basketball and lacrosse all four years and was Captain of both the basketball and lacrosse teams. Under her leadership and athletic abilities, the field hockey and lacrosse teams remained undefeated all four years. She was a member of the U.S. Lacrosse Team and the U.S. Touring Team, which was undefeated as well. She became a coach for the women’s lacrosse team and was well-respected by her players.

*Dorothy Moffett was an early pioneer in the field of athletics and was one of the most outstanding female athletes of the 1940s. She played field hockey and basketball for four years and tennis for two years. After graduating, she played on the U.S. Lacrosse Team from 1947-54. She played on the U.S. Field Hockey Touring Team in 1948 in England and Holland, in 1950 in South Africa, and in 1953 in England. For 10 years, she played field hockey in Great Britain.

*Jane Oswald is an outstanding example of the multi-sport greats. She played field hockey and women’s basketball all four years and lacrosse for three years. She was selected to the U.S. Lacrosse Team and played in Great Britain and Ireland. She was elected to the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1994.



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