Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 12/21/16
The Philadelphia Lacrosse Association is pleased to announce that tickets are available for the Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the US Lacrosse Hall of Fame Induction Celebration on February 11th at the Whitemarsh Valley Country Club in Lafayette Hill.
Tickets for the event can be purchased by clicking here. Bios for the women’s inductees are below; the men’s bios will be posted soon.
Date: Saturday February 11th, 2017
(Snow Date: Sunday 2/18/17 )
3:30 P.M. – Cocktails
4:30 P.M. – Class of 2017 Induction
6:15 P.M. – Buffet Dinner/Social
Location: Whitemarsh Valley Country Club, Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania
RSVP by January 31st
Hors d’oeuvres and Dinner
Price: $85 per guest
PLA Eastern PA Chapter Hall of Fame: 2017 Class:
Ciarrocca, Kim Lambdin – Player/Coach
Bowers, Lynn Burnes – Official
Brower-Corbett, Karin – Player/Coach
DeJuliis, Michele – Player
Leslie, Ericka Davidheiser – Official
Warner, Sue ” Gordy” – Player/Contributor
Peter Samson – Contributor
Jonathan Christmas – Player
Joseph Donnelly – Player
William McGlone – Player
Brett Moyer – Player
John Wynne – Coach
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.
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