Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 1/27/11
from Press Releases and Staff Reports
Former Penn State women’s lacrosse standout Lynn Anderson (formerly Thompson) will be inducted into the Philadelphia/Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame as part of its 2011 class for her contributions as a player and for her service to the lacrosse community. She will be honored along with seven other men and women for their impact on and involvement with the sport of lacrosse.
The 2011 class will be inducted in a ceremony on Sun., Feb. 5 (snow date Feb. 6) at Whitemarsh Valley Country Club in Lafayette Hill. Anderson is the sixth Nittany Lion women’s lacrosse player or coach to receive the prestigious honor, following in the footsteps of Sue Delaney-Scheetz (1998), her former coach in high school and at Penn State, Betsy Williams Dougherty (2000), Julie Williams (2003), Barbara Jordan (2005), and Gillian Rattray (2007).
A 1981 graduate of Penn State, Anderson first made her mark on the lacrosse world at Penncrest where, as a three-year varsity player, she helped the Lions to Central League championships in 1975 and 1977. During her high school career, Anderson was awarded the Bulletin Scholar Athlete Award twice and, later, was inducted into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame for her achievements.
At Penn State, Anderson was a key figure on teams that compiled a remarkable 58-3-3 record and won three consecutive USWLA national championship titles from 1978-1980. She totaled 160 points (105 goals, 55 assists) in 54 career games as a Nittany Lion. Anderson’s 55 assists rank 15th on the Penn State career assists list. In recognition of her standout play, Anderson was named a two-time USWLA All-American (1980-81), and was selected first team All-Philadelphia from 1980-83.
On the international level, Anderson was a member of the U.S. squad from 1979-1981. She was a part of the U.S. World Championship team that defeated England in 1980 and toured with the team to Australia in 1981.
Anderson has also gained renown for her contributions as a lacrosse coach. She previously coached at the Friends’ Central School (1982-85), served as an assistant at Bryn Mawr College (1986), and led the Lionville Youth Association (1998 to 2002). She currently coaches in the Philadelphia Youth Leagues, which she has been active in since 1998.
Anderson boasts a long list of service achievements as well. She serves as the Lionville Youth Association league commissioner and coach (1998-present). and also as the Philadelphia Girls’ Youth Association co-chairperson and as a clinic committee member (2001-present). Anderson founded the post-collegiate club team the Blues Sisters, began the “Cross Checks” league teams for girls in grades 7-10, and runs indoor winter, spring and summer lacrosse leagues.