Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 1/1/15
Below are the bios for the six Philly women 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.
Deb Andress enters the PLA Hall of Fame as a great player, coach and contributor to the game of lacrosse. Andress played both field hockey and lacrosse for Penn State, and was a member of teams that won two AIAW National Field Hockey and Lacrosse Championships during her tenure. Along with being a National Championship player at Penn State, Deb was also a member of the US Lacrosse National team from 1980-1984. During Deb’s post collegiate years she played for the Philly I and II club teams.
Deb’s love and passion for the game continued after her active playing days ended as she wore the hat of the lacrosse coach for many years at multiple levels. After playing on the Philly Club teams she then coached the club teams for eight years. Deb’s real passion for the game showed as she founded and directed numerous summer camps and leagues in Bucks County. These included the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel (OLMC) club and the Lady Bulldogs youth program as well as the popular D and D Sports Camps with Dee Cross and the Five Star Lacrosse Camps. Deb was also named the inaugural coach at Penn State Abington where she was a full-time instructor in Kinesiology.
Deb continued to give back to the game not only through her service as an official and instructor for youth officials but also in leadership roles in PAGLA and on the board of PLA. Not only did Deb recognize and embrace the sport of lacrosse but the sport honored her significant contributions as well. Deb was a 2001 inductee into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame, named Catholic Youth Organization Coach of the Year, and honored at Penn State as the Outstanding Female athlete as well as recognized with the Outstanding Leadership award.
Though receiving this honor posthumously, Deb’s influence will still continue and be felt throughout the lacrosse community.
ANITA C. DEASEY
Anita Deasey enters the PLA Hall of Fame as a truly great player and coach. Her long and illustrious career began in 1969 at Lower Merion High School and extended to Swarthmore College through 2013. At Ursinus College, she competed in 3 sports and was captain in her senior season for the lacrosse team. During college she earned a spot on the coveted Philly College team participating in the USWLA National Tournament. An outstanding defender, who spent two years as a member of the United States team in 1973 & 1974. Deasey used her USA team experience to manage the 1989 US Women’s National Team to a World Cup championship in Australia.
As a coach, Deasey finished her coaching career at Swarthmore College where she coached from 2005-2013. She shared her impressive knowledge and passion for the game at Harriton High School from 1976-83 which included, 4 league titles, 18 First team league All Stars and 2 HS All Americans. Her success as a coach led to a return to her alma mater in 1983 as an Assistant Coach to fellow inductee, Betsy Ramsey. Her ability to coach defense lead Ursinus to a NCAA Championship in 1984, 86 & 89. Ursinus earned an NCAA Final Four appearance in 1985, 87 and 88. She coached Episcopal Academy from 1992-2002 and led her team to Inter Ac championships in 1995, 2000, 2001 and 2002. She is a member of the Harriton HS and Ursinus College Hall of Fame. Deasey resides in Ardmore and is enjoying retirement.
DEBBIE COVINGTON WHITE
Debbie Covington White enters the PLA Hall of Fame as a truly great player, coach and contributor. As a player, Debbie was a senior year captain for both her high school and college teams. She was recognized as an All-American as a High School and College player. Debbie was the Bux-Mont League’s led scorer her junior year and senior year, led her Central Bucks West team to a District 1 Lacrosse Championship, scoring 5 goals, including the game winning goal with three seconds left on the clock. She went on to play for Kutztown and then West Chester University and was selected to play for Central Penn, South and Philadelphia College teams. After graduation, she was selected to Philadelphia Association 1st team 5 consecutive years and spent 4 years with the United States program; including a tour to Canada in 1987.
Debbie’s 30+ years of coaching experience includes: Head Coach at The William Penn Charter and Baldwin Schools, and Assistant at Harriton High School, Villanova University and Swarthmore College. In addition, she has coached at numerous camps and clinics.
In addition to coaching, Debbie provided guidance to area programs; as the President of PWLA, a rep and selector for PSLA, and as a Co-Director of the PWL Summer League. She continues to be involved with youth lacrosse by running camps in Avalon, NJ and as a motivational speaker. She is the founder of the LOLaxphi organization.
Debbie was recognized as the Stanley McFarlen Outstanding Athlete of C.B. West High and was inducted into their Athletic Hall of Fame. She was also inducted into The W. Penn Charter Coaches Hall of Fame along with her 1987 championship team and The Baldwin School’s Hall of Fame. Debbie was also an Honoree of The Women’s Legacy Fund.
RACHAEL BECKER DECECCO
Rachael enters the PLA Lacrosse Hall of Fame as a truly great player. Her playing career began at Marple Newtown High School where she starred on varsity for four years and later entered Marple’s Hall of Fame. In her high school days she played for West Line Club at the Vail Shootout.
Entering the collegiate ranks, Princeton University was fortunate to enroll her in 1999-2003. Starting every game for four years, Rachael led the team in ground balls and caused turnovers. She was a three time All Ivy, first team All- Region, and first team All American. Twice she was named National Defender of the Year while playing on two NCAA championship teams and being named to the All- Tournament Team. Again in college Rachael was named team captain as well as Princeton’s top female athlete.
At the National level Rachael played for the USA Developmental and Elite teams winning a silver medal in 2005 as a member of the World Cup Team. In 2006 she was named to the Division 1 Silver Anniversary Team. Due to strong team play Rachael won the 2003 Honda Broderick Award. In that same year she was named a finalist for Sportswoman of the Year. To climax a sensational year in 2003 Rachael won the prestigious Tewaaraton Trophy for the college female player of the year,- the only defensive player to win the Tewaraton Award.
Today Rachael lives in Broomall with her husband Jason who was an officer in the Army and served our country in Afghanistan, Iraq, and domestically. They have four children- Avery, Grayson, Anastasia, and Stella.
BETSY MENG RAMSEY
Betsy Meng Ramsey enters the PLA Hall of Fame as a truly great player and coach. After playing 4 years of Varsity lacrosse at the Kimberton Waldorf School, Betsy went to Ursinus College where she again played 4 years on the Varsity team. Making the USA Collegiate Touring Team to England in 1978, she was named one of the co-captains. That same year she received both the Ursinus College Women’s Athletic Award and the West Norriton Citizenship/Athletic Award. Playing club lacrosse for Philly College & then the South Association, Betsy made the USA Reserve Team in ’77, the USA 1st team from ’78 to ’80 & the USA Touring Team/test series with Great Britain in ’79 & ’80. In 1982 she was named to the USWLA all tournament team.
Betsy’s coaching career began at St Catherine’s School in Richmond, VA, where her team was the league champions in ’81. She became the Ursinus College Assistant coach in ’83, moving to the Head position from ’84-’89. Her team won the USWLA Collegiate National Championship in ’84 and the NCAA Division III National Championships in ’86 & ’89. As a result of her exceptionally successful coaching, she was named the IWLCA Coach of the year in ’84 & ’86 and received the Phila Sportswriters’ Association Athlete/Coach of the Decade recognition in ’90.
Betsy concluded her coaching career with a 9 year stint at Agnes Irwin School from ’92-’01, winning the Interact League Championship in ’93.
In ’08, Betsy put on the stripes & became an umpire. She is a member of the PWLUA & continues her love affair with our great sport of lacrosse.
Betsy currently lives in Royersford with her husband, Scott. Together they have raised two grown children, Scott & Chrissie.
LESLIE BLANKIN LANE
Leslie Blankin Lane enters the PLA Hall of Fame as a truly great player. Leslie is an outstanding athlete who has excelled in every sport she ever played. At Springside School in Chestnut Hill, Leslie was a stand out on her high school Field Hockey, Basketball, Tennis and Lacrosse teams. She went on to shine at Hollins College where she became a leading scorer and four year starter on the field hockey, fencing and lacrosse teams from 1975-1979.
After graduation from college, Leslie joined the US squad where she played from 1980-1983. She was a member of the very first U.S. World Cup Championship team in 1982 and scored the tying goal which sent the final game against England into overtime. They eventually won and Leslie was named to the All-World tournament team for her outstanding play.
In addition to her playing career, Leslie coached both the Varsity and Middle school teams at Springside School in the early “80s and 90”s. Her first year there, she led Springside to its first undefeated season.
Leslie lives in Wyndmoor with her husband Fran. She has three grown children Gilly, Sarah and Sam. Leslie was also inducted into the Virginia Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2001.