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Bios of nine Philly legends to be inducted into Eastern PA Lacrosse Hall of Fame

Sunday, 25th November 2012

Categories Banquet, Boy's/Men's, Club, College, Girl's/Women's, High School, Pro, Posted 11/25/12

Nine Philadelphia legends have been named for induction in the Eastern PA Chapter of the US Lacrosse Hall of Fame and will be honored at a Philadelphia Lacrosse Association banquet on Saturday, Feb. 2 at Whitemarsh Valley Country Club.

The PLA hosts the banquet every two years to honor the great players, coaches, officials, promoters and others, both men and women, who have made significant contributions to the game in Eastern Pennsylvania and are deserving of the highest recognition.

The honorees:

Kerstin Kimel
Kerstin Kimel enters the PA Hall of Fame as a truly great player and coach. She is a graduate of Haverford High School where she earned All American honors and the opportunity to play at the University of Maryland. Kimel led the Terrapins to four consecutive NCAA appearances and a National Championship in 1992. She was an outstanding midfielder who earned All American honors in 1992 and 1993. She was the NCAA National Defensive Player of the Year in 1993 was an exciting end to her collegiate career.

On the international level, Kimel continued to excel with her time on the US Lacrosse team from 1992-1996. She was an alternate on the 1993 US World Cup team that captured a gold medal. Her lacrosse accomplishments continued as she began her storied coaching career in 1996 as the first coach at Duke University where she has a 216-104 coaching record after 17 seasons that includes 15 NCAA appearances. Under her leadership, Duke has won four Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) regular season titles and an ACC Championship. Kimel is a five-time ACC Coach of the year who coached 33 All Americans and 19 Academic All Americans over the years. Kerstin and her husband Jack have three children, Caroline (12), Mac (10) and Claire (2).

Laurie Gray Markle
Laurie Gray Markle enters the Hall of Fame as a great player who has given outstanding service to the game. Laurie was a graduate of Lower Merion High school in 1980 where she was honored as 1st team All Central League in three sports as well as MVP in all three sports. She went on to play Field hockey and Lacrosse at Penn State where she lettered all fou years in both sports and was named and All American in Lacrosse in 1984. She was one of the top scorers in the country her senior year and helped take her team to the championship game every year. She remains on the all time PSU record books in assists and points.

On the international level Laurie played on the US Lacrosse squad from 1984–1992 where she participated in numerous international games and tournaments representing the United States. She also accompanied Jackie Pitts on one international tour of playing and coaching that took them to 8 different countries to spread the game of Lacrosse. After finishing her career as a player Laurie continued her service in leading the PASLA organization for 10 years which runs the girls’ high school programs. She has also served on the USL Board over the years in various capacities. Laurie is a regular speaker at the USL conventions. She has joined the ranks of the officials over the years by officiating at the local level for five years. She has been a high school and youth coach for over 20 years with time at Springfield high school and currently at Methacton High sShool. She also runs a youth program in Methacton. She has been a constant member of the PLA Board for the past seven years and was asked to stay on as president for another year. Laurie and her husband Craig have three children all lacrosse players, Scott (19) Kevin (17) and Kate (14).

Tracey Stumpf
Tracey Stumpf enters the Hall of Fame as a truly great player. Tracey was a graduate of Springfield High School (Delco) where she was selected to the All Central League team and the PWLA HS All Star game. She moved onto the collegiate scene at the University of Maryland where she garnered All American honors as a defensive player. She was named to the NCAA All tournament team three years and nominated to the NCAA DI 25th anniversary team. Tracey’s defensive skill helped her team to the National Championship crown in 1986.

On the international level Tracey played numerous years on the US Lacrosse Squad and was a member of the US U23 team in 1987 and a member of the World cup team in 1989 and US touring team to Canada in 1990. She has been selected to both the Springfield High School Hall of Fame and the Delaware County Athletic Hall of Fame.

Carole Wakefield

Carol Wakefield enters the Hall of Fame as an Outstanding woman of Service to the game. Carole has been a fixture on the sidelines of lacrosse for more years than we can count. She has been instrumental in publicizing and promoting the game of lacrosse across the country. Carole was the US Lacrosse Magazine Women’s Editor for 12 years as well as the editor of USWLA Cross Checks for five years. Carole was instrumental in starting the PLA High School coaches clinic and organizing the Keystone State Games for girls’ lacrosse. She took the first PA girls team to the very successful Vail Tournament. Her service to the game has garnered her numerous accolades including the Vail tournament Service Award, British Columbia Service Award, and the Ontario Service Award. Her lacrosse articles contributed to the success of spreading the women’s game across the country. Carole has also been an integral part of the organization segment of the game as she served on the PLA board, Keystone Committee and the NCAA program committee. Her contributions to the spread and knowledge of the game of lacrosse are immeasurable.

Robert Ambler

In the annals of lacrosse “truly great player” history, Robert Ambler enters the Hall of Fame with pre-eminent credentials. Bob started as a star lacrosse player at Abington Senior High School where he was also honored as a scholastic All-American.

Bob is the all-time leading scorer in Drexel University lacrosse History. His son, Colin threatened his record, but Bob reigns on at Drexel where is also was a standout basketball player. Bob has been recognized by Drexel over the years in several ways. In 1975 he was awarded the Lt. Greene Award, an annual accolade to Drexel’s foremost graduating student-athlete. Additionally, he received the Epstein Lacrosse Award as the team MVP. The same year he was an All-East Coast Conference All Star. His senior year culminated with an appearance in the North-South All Star Game. He was the leading senior goal scorer in the nation.

His career at Drexel saw him score 231 career points, of which 76 came in a single season. He tied a school record with 45 single-season goals and a high of nine goals in one game.

Bob entered the coaching ranks with an eight-year term as an assistant coach at Villanova University. He also coached at Drexel. From there he begun the lacrosse program at suburban Wissahickon High School, fittingly located in Ambler, Pennsylvania. Again showing his versatility, he also served as the basketball coach.

This induction is really his second Hall of Fame honor as Drexel has inducted him as a member of the Drexel University Lacrosse Hall of Fame.

In addition to his Wissahickon High School coaching, he was instrumental in founding the Abington Lacrosse Club. A stellar lacrosse youth program, he coached there from 1993 to 2008. Hundreds of young people have grown in the game because of his coaching, his encouragement, and his example.

Two of those young men are his sons, Colin, who nearly broke his scoring record at Drexel; and his son, Ryan, a rising star at Princeton, who may eclipse his brother and father in reaching the pinnacle of the game. No one will be prouder than Robert Ambler, a “truly great player” and prouder father!

Patrick Carney

Patrick Carney is going into the Hall of Fame as a truly great player. He was a graduate of Springfield High school and part of the Central league championship team in 1981 and 82 as well as the PSLA Champion in 1982. He was named to the all central league team in 1981 (as an attackman) and 1982 (as a goalie). After permanently switching to goalie, he took his talents to Swarthmore College where he co –captained the the team in 1986 and was named MVP. He was an all –American selection in 1986 and All-Mac in 1984-1986. Carney took his talents to the Philadelphia Wings from 1988-1990 then joined the Eagles Eye lacrosse club 1987-1993 and the MAB Phila lacrosse club, where he was a repeat all USCLA selection. He was also a member of Team Ireland in 2006. As a coach Patrick was an assistant at Swarthmore 1987-1988, and served as an assistant at Strath Haven HS. He has served as a board member of SEPYLA and Haven Youth Lacrosse and has coached continuously in the Haven Youth Lacrosse, Penn Star and Mesa Fresh programs.

William “Bill” Leahy

William is going into the Hall of Fame as a truly great coach. William graduated for Calvert High School (Md.) in 1987 and then onto Washington College and Loyola College. He played with the Philadelphia Wings from 1994-1996, the Eagle Eye Club from 1992–1998 and MAB 1999-2002.
His coaching career began at La Salle College High School where he started the program of boys’ lacrosse and has been the only coach since 1992. His record is 360-76 with 18 Philadelphia Cathlolic League championships. His team was the first PIAA Champion in 2009 and he won the EPSLA Championships in 2004 and 2008. His clubs were EPSLA runners-up in 2005 and 2007. William was selected as the Philadelphia Coach of the year in 1997 and 2004. He was inducted into the Montgomery County Sports Hall of Fame in 2009. He has also served as the Under Armour All American Game assistant Coach.

Robert Montgomery
Robert is going into the Hall of Fame as a truly great player. He graduated from Harriton High School in 1970 and was named All-State in 1969 and 1970. He took his talents to Drexel where his play gained him the Epstein Award (1973) and All MAC honors (1972,73,74). He played on the Main Line Lacrosse Club (1977-79) and the Conn. Valley Lacrosse club in 1976. He was a North All-Star (1976-78) and was selected as a member of the USA World Team (1974).

R. Noel Turner
Noel is being inducted as a truly great official and contributed noteworthy service to the game.
Noel graduated from Swarthmore High School in 1957 and went on to play at Hamilton College from 1959-1961. He was named an Upstate New York All-Star in 1961. Noel served as an official in the following areas: Penn-Del (1965-1971) and PDLOA (1972-1990).

He was President from 1976-1977 and 1980-1981 and Treasurer from 1972-1975. He served as a PDLOA assignor from 1982-1989 and officiated in five EPSLA Championships His college assignments included: District III Assignor (1990–present), NCAA playoff games; NCAA Division III championship (1983); North-South All Star Game (1985) and the MAC championship (1984). He has officiated five USCLA Club Championships and NLL from 1974-1975. As a contributor to the game Noel has been the Director of Easter PA summer lacrosse league (1976-present), treasurer (1976–present) and the Assignor (1982-2002).


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