Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 2/12/17
The stars shined brightly Saturday when the Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter US Lacrosse Hall of Fame held its Induction Celebration at the Whitemarsh Valley Country Club in Lafayette Hill.
3:30 P.M. – Cocktails
4:30 P.M. – Class of 2017 Induction
6:15 P.M. – Buffet Dinner/Social
PLA Eastern PA Chapter Hall of Fame: 2017 Class:
Kim Lambdin Ciarrocca – Player/Coach
Lynn Burnes Bowers – Official
Karin Brower-Corbett – Player/Coach
Michele DeJuliis – Player
Ericka Davidheiser Leslie – Official
Sue ” Gordy” Warner – Player/Contributor
Peter Samson – Contributor
Jonathan Christmas – Player
Joseph Donnelly – Player
William McGlone – Player
Brett Moyer – Player
John Wynne – Coach
JONATHAN CHRISTMAS: Great Player
Jonathan Christmas is being recognized as a “truly great player.” He began his lacrosse career with the Ashbee Youth Lacrosse program before attending Lower Merion High School. His accomplishments there included All American and All State honors from 1999 through 2001. He was named Central League MVP three years and Pennsylvania Lacrosse Player of the Year two years. Jon was a member of the Lower Merion team which won the State Championship in 1999 and was named Co-MVP of the championship game.
Jon then attended the University of Virginia where he played as an attackman. Jon was the Inside Lacrosse National Rookie of the Year in 2002. Jon was twice named to the All ACC Team and the ACC Tourney Team. Jon was named to the Division 1 All American 3rd Team in 2002 and All American 2nd Team in 2003.
After graduation, Jon played pro field lacrosse for five years with the Boston Cannons and the Chesapeake Bayhawks. He played in the MLL All Star Game in 2006. Jon also played pro indoor lacrosse for the Philadelphia Wings for several years and played for the Team USA Indoor Team in 2007.
Jon has stayed involved with lacrosse as a coach, working in his hometown at Lower Merion High School and the University of Pennsylvania. After moving to California, Jon has coached at Sacred Heart Prep as an assistant and is now head coach at De LaSalle High School in Concord, California. Jon has also worked with a number of programs to promote and spread the game of lacrosse, helping to found LEAPS in 2009, a program which continues to promote the game in urban areas.
JOSEPH DONNELLY: Great Player
Joseph Donnelly is being inducted as a “truly great player” in Pennsylvania. Joe was introduced to lacrosse for the first time when he entered William Penn Charter School as a freshman. Joe became a goalie and quickly distinguished himself. After picking up a goalie stick for the first time in 1980, Joe was named First Team All Inter-Ac from 1981 through 1983. He was also named First Team All State and All American in 1982 and 1983. He participated in the High School North/South Game in 1983. Joe was inducted into the Penn Charter Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001.
Upon graduation from Penn Charter, Joe attended the US Naval Academy Prep School before attending the US Naval Academy where he played for a number of strong Navy teams. Joe received All American Honorable Mention from 1986 through 1988. He played in the College North/South Game in 1988. Joe was the MVP of the Navy team in 1987 and 1988.
Following graduation from the Naval Academy, Joe served his country with honor and distinction in several tours of duty in Iraq for which he was awarded the Bronze Star with Valor.
Joe has stayed involved in lacrosse, playing several years with the Philadelphia Wings and playing on the US Masters Team at the World Games in Manchester, England in 2010. Joe has also coached at Radnor High School and the Valley Forge Military Academy. Joe now concentrates on developing strong goalies from the Philadelphia area with his Basic Training Goalie School.
BILL MCGLONE: Great Player
Bill McGlone enters the Hall of Fame as a “truly great player.” Bill played at Ridley High School as a midfielder from 1999 to 2002, where he also played with another of this year’s inductees, Brett Moyer. He was named All Central and All State in 2000, 2001 and 2002. Bill was a High School All American in 2001 and 2002. During his high school career, Bill was also named to the Pennsylvania All State Football 2nd Team in 2002. During the summers from 1999 to 2002, Bill played with the DAWGS Lacrosse Club.
Bill played his college lacrosse at the University of Maryland from 2003 to 2006 as a midfielder. Bill was named to the All American 3rd Team in 2004. In 2005 and 2006, Bill was named All ACC and All American 1st Team. In 2006, Bill served as the Maryland team captain and was also named to the All ACC Tournament Team. During his college career, Bill also played on the USA U-19 Team in 2004.
After graduation, Bill continued to stay involved in lacrosse. He played pro indoor lacrosse for the Chicago Shamrocks, Toronto Rock and then the Philadelphia Wings up until 2014. He also played pro outdoor lacrosse for the Washington Bayhawks, San Francisco Dragons and Chicago Machine from 2007 through 2010. Bill has coached Radnor High School and presently is assisting as a coach at Ridley High School.
BRETT MOYER: Great Player
Brett Moyer is being inducted as a “truly great player.” Brett played high school lacrosse at Ridley High School along with another inductee this year, Bill McGlone. As a defenseman, Brett was named All Central, All State and All American in 2001 and 2002. Brett was named Defensive MVP in the State Championship Games in both 2001 and 2002. He was also named the Central League MVP in 2002. During high school, Brett played in the summers with the DAWGS Lacrosse Club.
Brett attended Hofstra University from 2003 through 2006. He was named CAA Rookie of the Year in 2003 and also played for the USA U-19 Team in the World Games that year. Brett was named All American Honorable Mention in 2004, All American 2nd Team in 2005 and All American 1st Team in 2006. He was named CAA Defender of the Year in 2005 and 2006. Brett served as the Hofstra team captain in 2006 and also played in the North/South Game that year.
Upon graduation, Brett played professional lacrosse. He played pro indoor lacrosse for the Philadelphia Wings. He also played outdoor pro lacrosse for the Philadelphia Barrage, and he was a member of the Barrage championship teams in 2006 and 2007. Brett coached several years at the US Merchant Marine Academy and also has coached Club teams, including the HEADstrong lacrosse club.
PETER SAMSON Contributor
Peter enters the Hall of Fame as “an individual who has demonstrated long, dedicated and exceptional service to the game of lacrosse in Pennsylvania.” Peter played as a defenseman at Phillips Andover Academy and then at the University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated in 1973.
Peter has had a long and distinguished career as a youth lacrosse coach. He began coaching Ashbee Lacrosse Club in 1988. In 1993, he founded the Radnor Youth Lacrosse Program and has been an administrator in that program from 1993 to the present. During that time, he has also coached the U-15 Radnor Boys Team, and his teams have won the division championship two times. Peter has also coached numerous tournament teams and clubs from 1988 to the present.
Besides working with the Radnor Lacrosse Club, Peter has served in many capacities over the years with the Southeastern Pennsylvania Youth Lacrosse Association of which Radnor Lacrosse is a member, including President of the Association. Peter is also a founder of the Katie Samson Lacrosse Festival and serves as a board member. The annual Festival has raised substantial funds contributed to medical research for treatment of spinal injuries. Peter is the presenter of the Peter Samson Award for Radnor High School Lacrosse every year.
For his accomplishments, Peter has received many awards including Radnor High School Boys Lacrosse Man of the Year in 2000, the PLA Norm Award in 2005, the SEPYLA Award for Dedication and Commitment in 2006 and the US Lacrosse Founders Circle Award in 2008.
JOHN WYNNE: Great Coach
John Wynne is being inducted into the Hall of Fame as a “truly great coach.” Although never having played lacrosse himself, John founded the lacrosse program at Episcopal Academy and proved to be a quick learner. John coached there from 1976 to 1998 and then from 2001 to 2003. During that time, he posted an overall record of 286 wins and 93 losses, winning an impressive 76% of his games. His teams won the Inter-Ac Championship in 1980, 1984, 1987, 1989, 1990-92 and 1994-97, also winning the State Championship in 1987, 1991, 1995 and 1996. John was named the Inter-Ac Coach of the Year in 1984, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1995 and 1996.
John was most proud of the players that he coached during his career. Over 100 All State players were members of John’s teams as well as 21 High School All Americans. Many of his players went on to college careers, and 15 of those players were NCAA Division I All Americans while 9 were NCAA Division III All Americans. Eighteen of those players were captains of their NCAA teams. Five Episcopal players coached by John have played on Team USA which plays in the World Games. Four Episcopal players from John’s time are in the Pennsylvania Hall of Fame. Five players went on to play professional lacrosse in both the indoor league and the outdoor league. The appreciation of his players for John was illustrated by the many enthusiastic letters of support which accompanied his application to the Hall.
John was named to the Episcopal Academy Athletic Hall of Fame in 2008.
Ericka Davidheiser Leslie: Outstanding Official
Ericka Davidheiser Leslie is being inducted as an official who has contributed noteworthy service to the game of lacrosse over the years. She is one of the most well known and well respected officials in the game today having officiated the NCAA Division One Championship final game for the past nine years.
Ericka’s athletic roots can be traced back to Spring-Ford High School where she earned USWLA All American status in her senior year. After receiving the Donna Doyle endowed scholarship to attend Old Dominion University, she was again recognized as a USWLA All American her senior year, as well as being named an IWLCA Brine All American Team member in her junior and senior year. In 1995 Ericka was named Old Dominion University Female Athlete of the Year. Her playing career continued as a member of the US Elite Team from 1994 through 1998.
As she settled in the Philadelphia area, Ericka decided to continue in the game as an official. Incredibly, she moved up through the officiating ranks earning her National rating in six years. She has officiated at every level from the youth game through the international game. Her service to the game is exemplary. She has been an Executive Committee member of our local officiating board since 2002, working tirelessly to train, retain and improve the officiating skills of our members. She is our Super Region Chair and helps coordinate the advanced training and evaluations of higher level officials. In 2008 she took on the job of the National Rules Interpreter, and still continues in that role. She is also a National Clinician which takes her all around the United States teaching, observing and evaluating National officials. You have probably seen her as a US Lacrosse Convention presenter where she shares her knowledge and experience.
All of this, and even more! She is a dedicated daughter, sister and wife. Ericka is a speech/language therapist and coaches field hockey and basketball in the Wissahickon School District.
Karin Brower-Corbett – Inducted as a “truly Great Coach”
Born a “Jersey Girl”, Karin Brower-Corbett started playing lacrosse with her mother as the team coach, and a model for the career Karin would aspire to. At Chatham Twp. High School, Karin played four years of varsity and was Captain her senior year. With another four years of varsity play at William and Mary College, Karin played on the U-21 National Team to Great Britain ’91; captained her team senior year; received All American recognition; and, was named Player of the Year in the Colonial League for ’92. After college, Brower-Corbett began her coaching career by assisting at a variety of colleges near the Philadelphia area. She also continued to play lacrosse with the Philly Club Teams, and, was selected to the US National Team for three years (’93-’95).
Karin’s coaching career is more impressive than her outstanding playing career. She has coached at six colleges since ’93: Rutgers, Villanova, William and Mary, Drew, and Princeton, where as assistant she helped the “Tigers” achieve a National Ranking from ’96 to ’98. Finally, the University of Pennsylvania recognized Brower-Corbett’s ability to bring women’s lacrosse programs to national and elite prominence, and hired her as head coach of the Quakers in ’99. Since then, the Penn Quaker’s record speaks for itself: winning 9 of the last 10 Ivy League Championships, 10 NCAA Tournament appearances (2 semi-finals; 1 finals); a #1 National Ranking; 85 Penn players named as “All Ivy”; and a .714% Ivy League career record. She has been named Regional Coach of the Year 3 times, and National Coach of the Year in ’07. Karin’s success at Penn has been based on her desire to change the culture and attitude of the women’s lacrosse program. Her coaching is based on discipline, hard work, fun, and honor. With her attitude of “striving to be the best” and establishing priorities of team commitment, her teams aim to win the “Ivy’s” and reach the NCAA’s draw every year. Karin and her U of Penn Teams have brought much honor and pride to Philadelphia Lacrosse. Karin is supported by her husband Kirk, daughter Colby and son, Cade. Karin has been inducted into the William and Mary Sports Hall of Fame and the New Jersey Lacrosse Hall of Fame.
Michele Dejuliis: Outstanding Player
Michele is being Inducted into the Philadelphia Hall of Fame as a truly great player. Michele DeJuliis was a four-time all American at Penn State University, earning first team honors in 1995, 1996, and 1997. She finished her career sixth on Penn State’s all-time scoring list with 203 points and led the Nittany Lions in scoring in 1994, 1995, and 1996. Michele was a member of the U.S. National Team Program from 1994-2009, and served as the caption of the 2009 World Cup team that won the World Cup Championship. Michele was also an assistant coach for the U.S. Elite team, including the 2013 World Cup Champions. She served an assistant coach of the USA U-19 team in 2014 and the 2015 World Cup Silver Medal team. 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. Michele founded Ultimate Goal Lacrosse in 2001, which services over 500 members annually across in both PA and MD. She also spent eight years in collegiate coaching ranks as an assistant at Princeton University. Michele was inducted into the Baltimore Hall of Fame in 2009 and the US National Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2013. Michele also served as the founding commissioner of the UWLX Women’s Professional Lacrosse League in 2015-2016.
Kim Lambdin Ciarrocca: Outstanding Coach/Player
Kim is being inducted as a great player and outstanding coach of the game of lacrosse. Kim started her career at Plymouth Whitemarsh HS as an All American in 1983 and 1984. She moved onto the college game at Temple University and lead her team to an NCAA National Championship in 1988. Her lacrosse career continued as a member of the US National Team from 1988 to 1992 and won a World Cup Championships in 1989 in Perth, Australia.
Kim began coaching at the high school level and moved onto Ursinus College and lead her team to a National Championship in 1989. She continued to coach at the college level at Randolph Macon, Muhlenberg, Temple and the University of Delaware. Her team at Temple won the Atlantic 10 Championships six times and had two Final Four appearances. Kim coached her Delaware team to four CAA conference championships.
Kim gave a great deal of service to the game while serving on committees. She was a selector of All Americans, a clinician for National Youth & Sport for Minorities, IWLCA Selection committee member and a selector for the North/South All Star Game.
Kim is being inducted as a truly great player with success at all levels of the game of lacrosse. She had the same success as a coach at the college level. Kim lives in Michigan with her husband and two children.
Lyn Burnes Bowers: Outstanding Official
Lynn Bowers is being inducted into the PLA Lacrosse Hall of Fame as an outstanding official. Her love of lacrosse started at Upper Darby High School where she received All-Delco accolades. Her playing career continued at Penn State where she was a member of the 1989 National Championship team.
Wanting to continue her involvement in lacrosse, Lynn turned to officiating, earning her Local rating in 1992. She progressed quickly and earned a National rating in 1997.
Since then, Lynn has become one of the most respected officials in the country. Her resume includes working championships in the ACC, Big Ten, Big East, Ivy, CAA & A10 tournaments. Her reputation of professionalism and integrity has led to her working the NCAA championships for the past 14 years.
In addition to officiating, Lynn has coached in the Unionville Recreation League since 2009. Her service to the sport includes being a US Umpiring Clinician & Regional Chair, a speaker at the USLax National Convention, and a board member of the Philadelphia Women’s Lacrosse Umpires Association.
A math teacher at Strath Haven Middle School, Lynn earned an “Excellence in Teaching” award for Delaware County Teachers. She resides in Chadds Ford with her husband and three children.
Sue “Gordy” Warner: Outstanding Contributor
Contributors like Sue Gordy Warner are rare and truly extraordinary! In her lifelong career, she has been involved in every facet of the game and influenced the growth of the sport. Sue spent most of her lacrosse career here in Philadelphia. She played at Lower Merion High School, then went on to Drexel University then after college played with Philly club for 8 years.
Sue continued her play representing Philadelphia and the USA as a member of the US team from 1954-1961 which included a Touring team to Great Britain and Ireland in 1957. Her coaching career began at the University of Pennsylvania from 1958-1963. In 1965, she coached a year at Springside School, then moved on to Germantown Academy and Wissahickon High School.
Not only was Sue an outstanding player and coach, but she also officiated for 36 years and held a national rating, but perhaps her most notable contribution would be in her role as the publicity chair for the USWLA where she served for 10 years. Sue dedicated herself to getting lacrosse recognized both locally and nationally. Her individual efforts were largely responsible for much of the attention given to both the women’s and men’s game at every level.
Sue currently lives with her husband in Blue Bell, Pa.