Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 1/1/15
Below are the bios for the five Philly men to inducted into the Eastern PA Chapter of the US Lacrosse Hall of Fame on Saturday, Feb. 8 at Whitemarsh Country Club. For banquet registration, click here.
Bob Aitken enters the Hall of Fame as a truly great player who has contributed noteworthy service to the game of lacrosse. Bob began his playing career at the William Penn Charter School where he earned All-Inter-Ac, All-State, and All-American honors. He helped lead his Penn Charter teams to three straight state championships and was inducted into the Penn Charter Athletic Hall of Fame as a player and with his team. Bob also earned All-City and All-Inter-Ac honors in football while in high school.
Bob went on to the College of William and Mary where he became the school’s all-time leading scorer (with 190 points), serving as team captain during his senior year. Bob’s playing career continued after college with Eagles Eye Lacrosse, Berwyn Tavern/Horace P. Jerky’s/Kelly’s, and Team Harley.
As a coach, Bob first made his mark on the staff at William and Mary, but his real passion for coaching became evident at the youth level. He enjoyed coaching success with both the Conestoga and Ashby youth lacrosse programs. In 2007, Bob helped start the Mesa Fresh Lacrosse Club; this club program boasts 14 tournament titles, including three national championships in the annual Dick’s Sporting Goods event. Mesa Fresh currently has six teams playing at the elite club level and more than 100 of its players have played at the Division I college level.
As a devout supporter of the game, Bob has volunteered his time and efforts through service on the PLA Board of Directors for more than 20 years (including serving in both President and Vice President roles). Bob also recently started the Mesa Fresh Charity Day in support of this area’s Checking for Cancer tournament.
Bob comes from a lacrosse family, as his father served on the PLA Board for many years and his brothers were standout college lacrosse players. His sons (Chris and Stephen) continued the family tradition, playing at Villanova and Penn State Universities respectively.
Chris Hupfeldt enters the Hall of Fame as an individual who has demonstrated long, dedicated and exceptional service to the game of lacrosse in Pennsylvania. As a native of Baltimore, Maryland, Hupfeldt was rooted to the game at an early age. He played high school lacrosse at Blue Ridge School (VA) where he earned All-League honors as an attackman while serving as a team captain. He went on to play at Washington College, and followed his college years with a career in club lacrosse that included playing for Eastern Shore L.C. (earning USCLA Club All-Star status). Chris also played for Eagle’s Eye Lacrosse Club before accepting a leadership role as the General Manager of the team. He later became the General Manager of MAB Philadelphia (1982-98). The lacrosse club scene continued to benefit when Chris became the USCLA Vice President (and then President) from 1992-98.
Hupfeldt served as the Head Boy’s Lacrosse Coach of Germantown Academy in 1981-82. He also enjoyed a long and productive stint as an Ashbee Youth lacrosse coach (2004-11) where he led his teams to SEPYLA championships in 2004, 2006, and 2008. During his tenure with Ashbee, Hupfeldt was a recipient of the Ashbee Service Award for his longstanding contributions to the program.
In 1998 Hupfeldt was selected as the Assistant General Manager of the gold medal winning U.S. Men’s National Team; he also served as the General Manager of the team in 2002 (gold medal) and 2006 (silver medal). Hupfeldt was the recipient of the International Lacrosse Federation Spirit Award following the 2006 games. He has also served as a volunteer on the USL International Committee, Board of Directors and Chair of the U.S. Men’s National Team Committee (2003 -14). His volunteer contributions include the PLA golf outing committee, Katie Samson Lacrosse Festival committee, and the Checking for Cancer Lacrosse Invitational committee.
Gary Martin enters the Hall of Fame as a truly great player. He began his playing career at Deer Park High School in New York, where he excelled in football, basketball and lacrosse. Gary earned All-League and All-County honors in three sports, adding the distinction of National Scholar Athlete as a senior student athlete. Gary took his talents to Penn State University where in 1982 he led the nation in goals and assists (he still holds career records for both assists and points at PSU), earning All-American honors in both his junior and senior years. Following his Penn State career, Gary played for the Philadelphia Wings (1988-2000) where he was part of five World Championships (four as a player and one as a coach). During his career with the Wings, Gary was named to the Wings All-Decade team (as voted by the fans) and was also honored by his teammates and coaches with Unsung Hero, MVP, and All-Star awards.
Gary shared his talents in the post collegiate club scene, helping the Long Island-Hofstra squad to the 1985 Club Championship. He continued to play in several Masters’ tournaments that included the 2002 World Games in Australia (with USA-Toyota), the 2006 World Games in London, the Grand Masters 2014 World Games in Denver, and the Super Grand Masters (gold medal winners) with Team Harley.
The Radnor Youth Athletic Organization has benefitted from Gary’s talents as he is a current board member and organizer of both boys’ and girls’ programs for the township. He has also coached the Philadelphia Fever Lacrosse Club and the Mesa Fresh Lacrosse Club. Gary has been recognized for his talent and his dedication to the game with scholarships in his name for Radnor youth, as well as his induction into the Philadelphia Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.
David Stilley enters the Hall of Fame as a truly great player. David began his stellar playing career at The Haverford School where he excelled in football, wrestling, and lacrosse. He earned All-League, All-Area, All-State, and All-American honors during his high school career and went on to play college lacrosse at Duke University. While at Duke, David continued to excel on the field, earning All-American and Defenseman of the Year honors while helping his Duke teams to national top 10 rankings during his playing career there.
David’s drive and talents took him to the professional ranks as both an indoor and outdoor player. While playing for the Philadelphia Wings (1998-2002), he captained his team to two World Championships. He then helped take the Colorado Mammoths to the World Championship in 2006 and as a New York Titan, David’s team was an NLL finalist. David also participated in the MLL with the New Jersey Pride (2001-05). The MAB Paints/GMH Philly club teams benefitted from David’s leadership as he excelled on these teams, winning multiple championships in lacrosse tournaments in both Vail, CO and Las Vegas, NV.
David turned his attention and skill to the coaching ranks when he became The Haverford School’s defensive coordinator in 1999, helping to guide the team to their 2001 PA state championship. David has also coached at the Shipley School (2011-13), helping to guide the team to 3 Friends League championships.
David continues to contribute to the lacrosse community through coaching stints at camps and clinics across the country. He currently guides the Laxmotion Consulting, Camp and Training organization.
Kyle Sweeney enters the Hall of Fame as a truly great player. Kyle began his career at Springfield High School where he earned All-League, League MVP, All-State, and All-American honors. Kyle took his talents to Georgetown University where he earned All-American honors in three of his four years there. Following his college career, Kyle spent 10 seasons with the Philadelphia Wings. He also played for the Philadelphia Barrage and Boston Cannons for 12 seasons, participating on four championship teams and playing in 10 league All-Star games.
Taking his talents to the international circuit, Kyle was a member of the US Men’s National Team in both 2006 and 2010, earning a spot on the All-World Team in 2010. Kyle and his wife, Angela, have two children, Owen and Devon Mae.