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Philly legends Watson (@Ursinus_Wlax), Wakefield inducted into @USLacrosse Hall of Fame

Sunday, 26th October 2014

Categories College, Girl's/Women's  
 

Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 10/26/14
From Staff Report and US Lacrosse

The National Lacrosse Hall of Fame formally welcomed two Philly legends among its four female inductees Saturday evening at the Grand Lodge in Hunt Valley (MD) during the 2014 induction ceremony.

Margery Watson and the late Carole Wakefield were joined by Erin Brown Millon and Michele Uhlfelder.

Hall of Fame inductee Margery Watson and her players

Hall of Fame inductee Margery Watson and her players

Each of the four inductees was introduced by a short video that summarized many of their career highlights and included comments from a presenter. Following their introduction, Watson, Millon and Uhlfelder gave speeches. Wakefield, who passed away earlier this year, was inducted posthumously.

Wakefield, inducted as a truly great contributor, is recognized by many as being the first publicist for women’s lacrosse, serving as a writer and columnist covering the game for over 30 years. Wakefield was the women’s editor for Lacrosse Magazine for 12 years, and editor of the USWLA’s Crosse Checks publication for five years.

Her granddaughter, Kirstin McGoldrick Sheehe, served as her presenter.

“She loved the sport and she loved the people,” Sheehe said. “She got hooked into lacrosse through her daughters. She realized there was no coverage of women’s sports, in our area especially, so she started writing her own game summaries, and it kind of evolved and took off from there. She was a fighter for what she thought was right.”

In addition to East Coast coverage, Wakefield soon became a fixture at the Vail Shootout Tournament, venturing to Colorado for 10 straight summers to serve as a scorer, timer and writer at the event. In recognition, she received the Vail Tournament’s Service Award in 1997.

Wakefield also served as a scorer, timer and writer at the Vail Shootout Tournament, and she received the Vail Tournament’s Service Award in 1997.

“The game allowed her to do so many wonderful things,” Sheehe said. “Her involvement started as something she felt she needed to do, and turned into something that she loved to do. That was her life.”

Watson, inducted as a truly great contributor, launched the women’s program at Ursinus College, where she amassed a record of 199-19-9 as the coach from 1957-81. Included in that run were seven undefeated seasons, as well as runner-up finishes in both the 1979 USWLA National Tournament and the 1981 AIAW National Championship. In addition, Watson was instrumental in the creation of the Philadelphia Colleges Women’s Lacrosse Association (PCWLA) in 1970.

“I have a lot of former players, nine of them, that are in the Hall of Fame, so that means I’m a lot older than they are,” she joked, as noted by Lacrosse Magazine. “I appreciate (being selected) and I’m thankful.”

Many of Watson’s former players attended to celebrate her induction and came up to the podium to celebrate her honor. Chad Watson, one of Margery’s five children, served as her presenter.

“If you keep score, she wants to win,” Chad said. “We always had a very competitive environment in our household.”

Erin Brown Millon, an All-American at the University of Maryland and two-time world champion as a member of Team USA, was inducted as a truly great player. A native of Fallston, Md., Millon started her collegiate career at Essex (Md.) Community College before becoming a two-year starter on attack at Maryland. She helped lead the Terps to an NCAA runner-up finish as a senior in 1990, and was selected to the ACC’s 50th Anniversary Team in 2002.

Michele Uhlfelder, a teammate of Millon’s at both Maryland and with the U.S. Women’s National Team, was also inducted as a truly great player. Uhlfelder earned first team All-American honors in 1991, and was also recognized as the national attacker of the year that season, leading the Terps to the NCAA runner-up trophy for the second straight year. Uhlfelder was also selected to the ACC’s 50th Anniversary Team in 2002.

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. Nearly 390 lacrosse greats are honored in the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame, which is located with the Lacrosse Museum at US Lacrosse Headquarters in Baltimore.

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