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Delaware to induct lax standout Rinnander (@shgirlslaxx) into Hall of Fame

Saturday, 30th August 2014

Categories College, Girl's/Women's, Posted 8/30/14

Lacrosse standout Jennifer Rinnander (DiValerio) is among 10 athletes from different sports to highlight the newest induction class of the University of Delaware Athletics Hall of Fame announced this week.

The 18th induction class will be honored in a private ceremony and reception for family and friends at the Embassy Suites Hotel on South College Avenue in Newark on Nov. 21 and will be introduced on the field at halftime of the Delaware vs. Villanova football game at Delaware Stadium the following afternoon, Nov. 22.

The Class of 2014 features representatives from every decade since the 1950s and the sports of football, men’s basketball, baseball, men’s cross country, men’s indoor track & field, men’s outdoor track & field, women’s basketball, women’s lacrosse, women’s swimming & diving, and softball.

The 10-person class includes All-American football halfback Bill Armstrong; All-American men’s basketball point guard Taurence Chisholm; women’s basketball point guard and softball player Karen Conlin; NFL wide receiver and conference champion triple jumper Jamin Elliott; longtime UD athletic trainer Keith Handling; three-sport captain from the 1950s Clyde Louth; All-American baseball catcher Herb Orensky; eight-time conference swimming champion Sarah Peffer; All-American football defensive back and former UD assistant coach Joe Purzycki; and high-scoring women’s lacrosse All-American Jennifer Rinnander.

Jennifer Rinnander (DiValerio) (Women’s Lacrosse) — One of the most prolific scorers in the rich history of University of Delaware women’s lacrosse, Jennifer Rinnander led the Blue Hens in scoring four straight years and finished her career ranked No. 3 all-time at UD in total points in 1991-94. A native of Media, Pa., Rinnander never even played the sport until her sophomore year at Strath Haven High School when the school’s coach, former Delaware All-American and Hall of Fame member Karen Emas, asked her to try out. A natural talent with great speed and impressive stick skills, Rinnander went on to play in 68 games for the Blue Hens and finished her career with 188 goals and 69 assists for 257 points. She still ranks No. 3 all-time at UD in points, No. 4 in goals, and No. 5 in assists and also registered 35 hat tricks for her career. The mark of consistency, she tallied 38 goals as a freshman in 1991 and followed with 43 in 1992, 55 in 1993, and 52 in 1994, leading the team each season. Rinnander earned All-American honors three times in her career, gaining second team notice from the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) in 1994, third team IWLCA accolades in 1992, and U.S. Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association honors in 1994. In addition, she was a two-time All-Region selection, a three-time first team All-Colonial Athletic Association pick, and a two-time team Most Valuable Player. She led her teams to three post-season conference tournament appearances with the 1994 squad going 11-7 and earning a No. 12 final national ranking. Rinnander also played two seasons of field hockey at Delaware, scoring three goals each in 1991 and 1992 before devoting all of her efforts to lacrosse. Rinnander currently resides in Newtown Square, Pa. with her husband, David Valerio, and their two daughters. She earned her degree in human resources from Delaware in 1994 and currently works for Foreside Financial Group in Berwyn, Pa. where she has served as managing director for distribution services since 1999.



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