Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 10/24/13
From US Lacrosse
Three Philly legends will be among those inducted Saturday into the US Lacrosse National Lacrosse Hall of Fame at a ceremony at The Grand Lodge in Hunt Valley, MD.
This year’s Hall of Fame Ceremony, sponsored by Bollinger Sports Insurance and the Markel Insurance Company, features eight new inductees as the Class of 2013. Three are members of the Eastern PA Chapter of the Hall of Fame: Michele DeJuliis (Ultimate Lacrosse owner, Penn State grad, National team champion/captain), Bill Miller (Episcopal Academy grad, Philadelphia Wings champion), and Tracy Stumpf (Springfield-Delco grad); as well as, Jim Berkman, Quinn Carney Burke, Sue Heether, Ryan Wade, and Michael Watson.
Combined, this year’s inductees have won 20 NCAA national championships, 12 men’s and women’s world championships, and garnered 21 collegiate All-America awards.
The annual Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is a black-tie-optional gathering of the game’s “greatest” and considered to be the premier US Lacrosse event of the year. It is designed to serve as a celebration to honor the men and women, past and present, whose contribution to the game of lacrosse has been deemed worthy of their induction into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame.
“When I think of the Hall of Fame I think of so many of the legends that came before me,” said DeJuliis, who was UIS team captain of the 2009 squad that won the World Cup. “I am completely overwhelmed and humbled by this tremendous honor. I couldn’t be more thankful to now be among this distinguished group.”
Miller, living now in Bronxville, N.Y., told the Eastchester Daily News that, “Going into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame hits you pretty hard. While I was playing, I never thought about it. You get older and have a chance to think about it, and this is a reminder to me as to why you make those sacrifices and why you did things differently than some of the folks you were with all the time.”
Stumpf told US Lacrosse that this honor is the ultimate in a career filled with nothing but good memories.
“I was an honored,” she said. “I feel lucky to have had all the experiences I’ve had over the years and now, how many years later, this on top of it. It’s an amazing feeling. It’s also given me the opportunity to look back and see how much fun I’ve had. They’re great memories!”
DeJuliis was asked who impacted her the most as both a young player growing up in the Baltimore area as well as a college and National team standout?
“That is a tough question because I remember distinctly how my high school coaches took the time to teach me, guide me and mentor me,” she said. “They also exposed me to many avenues that contributed to the growth of my game…meeting the US team and being completely inspired and wanting to someday play at the highest level.”
As a coach – formerly an assistant at Princeton – and founder and owner of Ultimate Lacrosse club team and Ultimate events, DeJuliis has become a leader in the Philly region. She credits the example of other top coaches for her development as a teacher and coach. One of her models was longtime Princeton coach and Hall of Famer Chris Sailer (Haverford High).
“I am a collection of the many coaches that have impacted my growth,” said DeJuliis. “That is what is so great about our sport…there are so many that care about the development of players.
“Ultimate lacrosse is about growing the game one player at a time,” she added. “I started this club 14 years ago and as the sport has grown it has become my sole focus.
“Watching young women develop as competitors and elite athletes has been the true reward. Looking back, I’m proud that the sport of lacrosse has been my life’s work and I’m empowered by its continued growth.”
Hall of Fame Bios
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.
Bill Miller (Episcopal Academy)
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.
Tracy Stumpf (Springfield-Delco)
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.
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 26th year 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.
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.
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 142 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 Philly inductee’s accomplishments follows below:
• 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)
* Founder and director of Ultimate Goal lacrosse club in NJ/PA
* Former assistant coach at Princeton
• 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)