Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/21/20 – From US Lacrosse
The National Lacrosse Hall of Fame announces the addition of eight new inductees as the Class of 2020.
The 2020 inductees are: Spring-Ford graduate Ericka (Davidheiser) Leslie, Haverford High alum Laura Harmon Schuman, Rob Bordley, Roy Condon, John Desko, Lisa Griswold Lindley, Joe Seivold, and Amy Appelt Slade.
The newest members will be officially inducted in a ceremony on Saturday, October 17, at The Grand Lodge in Hunt Valley, Md.
The National Lacrosse Hall of Fame, a program of US Lacrosse, was established in 1957 to honor men and women who by their deeds as players, coaches, officials and/or contributors, and by the example of their lives, personify the great contribution of lacrosse to our way of life.
The goal of the men’s and women’s selection committees is to select the absolute best of the best, within the context of an individual’s era of participation. A ballot committee develops the list of annual nominees, while a 21-member voting committee finalizes the selections.
The voting group is comprised of current Hall of Fame members, current or former U.S. National Team players and coaches, elite level high school or college coaches, elite members of the officiating community, and individuals that have contributed to the growth of the sport on a national or international level.
Final approval of the selectees is provided by US Lacrosse’s Board of Directors. A full explanation of the process can be accessed here.
Over 400 lacrosse greats are honored in the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame, which is located alongside the National Lacrosse Museum at the US Lacrosse Headquarters in Sparks, Maryland.
Bios for this year’s inductees are listed below:
Ericka (Davidheiser) Leslie
Leslie will be inducted as a truly great official. Recognized as being one of the best collegiate officials of the past two decades, Leslie has been a part of every NCAA Division I women’s finals weekend since 2008, marking 12 straight years in which she has worked either the national semifinals or the national championship game. She has served as the head official in those games six times. In addition to her presence during NCAA Championships, she has officiated across all the top collegiate conferences, including the ACC, ALC, Big East, Big Ten, CAA, Ivy League, and Patriot League. On the international level, Leslie officiated the championship game of the 2007 Prague Cup. In addition to her on-field duties, Leslie is active in service to the game, serving as a US Lacrosse rules interpreter and officials’ subcommittee member, as well as a clinician and rater. She also has multiple roles as a member of the Collegiate Women’s Lacrosse Officiating Association. Leslie has been previously inducted into the Old Dominion University Hall of Fame (2003) and the US Lacrosse Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter Hall of Fame (2017). Her athletic roots can be traced back to Spring-Ford High School where she earned USWLA All American status in her senior year (1991). 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.
Laura Harmon Schuman
Schuman will be inducted as a truly great player. Originally from Havertown and Haverford High (two time HS All-American), she was a three-time All-American at the University of Maryland, earning first team honors in both 1994 and 1995, and third team honors in 1993. Schuman helped lead the Terps to two NCAA titles (1992 and 1995) during her career and served as captain of the squad as a senior in 1995. She was also selected to play in the North-South All-Star Game that season. In recognition of her accomplishments, Schuman was named to the ACC’s 50th Anniversary Team in 2002. As an international player, Schuman was a member of the U.S. World Cup Team that captured the gold medal in Japan in 1997 and she scored Team USA’s first goal in the 3-2 championship game victory over Australia. She was also a member of the 1996 U.S. Touring Team. As a two-sport college athlete, Schuman also earned field hockey All-America honors twice at Maryland and was inducted into the University of Maryland’s Athletics Hall of Fame in 2010.
Bordley will be inducted as a truly great coach. One of the most successful boys’ high school coaches ever, he amassed a 655-123 record in 44 seasons at Landon School in Bethesda, Md., becoming one of just five coaches to surpass the 600-win milestone. He retired following the 2018 season with a career winning percentage of over 84 percent. Bordley led Landon to 32 league championships during his tenure, including four undefeated seasons. His teams were ranked number one in the Washington Metropolitan area 19 times. Bordley coached 47 high school All-Americans and produced 59 players named to the All-Metro first team. He also had 39 players who would go on to become collegiate All-Americans. Bordley was selected as both The Washington Post’s and the USLCA’s coach of the year five times, and was recognized as the National Interscholastic Lacrosse Coaches Association (NILCA) man of the year in 2017. He also won the US Lacrosse Gerald J. Carroll Award in 2017. He was inducted previously into the US Lacrosse Potomac Chapter Hall of Fame in 2004.
Condon will be inducted as a truly great official. Serving the sport since 1971, Condon has officiated at all levels of the men’s game from high school to the international stage. He officiated in seven NCAA Division I championship games and worked in 10 NCAA Division I final fours. On the professional level, Condon served as a National Lacrosse League (NLL) official from 1989 to 2011, and a Major League Lacrosse (MLL) official from 2000 to 2015. He officiated eight MLL semifinal games and four MLL championship games. A resident of Humarock, Mass., Condon also served as an official at the 1999 U19 World Games in Perth, Australia. In addition to his on-field duties, Condon has served as a game assignor for five decades and remains active in that role on the high school and collegiate levels. In recognition of his service to the game, he was named to the NCAA’s Silver Anniversary Team in 1995. He was inducted previously into the US Lacrosse New England Chapter Hall of Fame in 1996.
Desko will be inducted as a truly great coach. He has recorded a 258-86 record in 22 seasons at Syracuse University, and led the Orange to NCAA national championships in 2000, 2002, 2004, 2008 and 2009. His career winning percentage (.750) is the best among active NCAA Division I coaches. Desko ranks third among Division I head coaches with 34 career wins in NCAA Tournament games, and his five NCAA titles trail only Bill Tierney (7) and Roy Simmons Jr. (6). As an assistant coach at Syracuse for 19 seasons under Simmons Jr., Desko was a part of 229 wins and contributed to the program’s six NCAA titles captured during that period. As a head coach, Desko was the USILA’s coach of the year in 2008, and he has also been recognized as a conference coach of the year five times. He also served as head coach of the U.S. Men’s National Team that captured the silver medal at the 2006 World Championship. Desko has been inducted previously into the US Lacrosse Upstate Chapter Hall of Fame (1997), the Greater Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame (2011), and the Camillus/West Genesee Sports Hall of Fame (2011).
Lisa Griswold Lindley
Lindley will be inducted as a truly great coach. A native of Centerport, N.Y., she has served as the head coach at Darien (Conn.) High School since 1994, posting a 448-84 record and a winning percentage of 84.2%. Lindley has led Darien to 17 state championships and 18 FCIAC championships in her 26 seasons, and she has been named Connecticut’s coach of the year seven times. Under her watch, the program has produced almost 80 US Lacrosse All-America players and over 100 all-state players. Among Darien’s noteworthy achievements, the program compiled a 107-game winning streak against in-state opponents from 2012 to 2018. As an accomplished player before starting her coaching career, Lindley was a collegiate All-American at UMass, and a member of the 1989 U.S. World Cup Team. She has been previously inducted into the US Lacrosse Connecticut Chapter Hall of Fame (2014) and the University of Massachusetts Hall of Fame (2016).
Seivold will be inducted as a truly great player. He was a four-time All-American midfielder at the University of North Carolina, earning first team honors in 1984 and 1985, and honorable mention recognition in 1983 and 1987. He also earned all-ACC honors in 1984 and 1985. A two-time team captain, Seivold helped the Tar Heels capture the 1985 ACC title and he received the ACC’s Scholar-Athlete Award in 1986. He was also selected to play in the North-South All-Star Game following his senior season in 1987. Seivold was named to the ACC’s 50th Anniversary Team in 2002. Internationally, Seivold played for the 1986 U.S. National Team that captured the world championship in Canada. Originally from Parkton, Md., Seivold has been previously inducted into the US Lacrosse Greater Baltimore Chapter Hall of Fame (2006) and US Lacrosse North Carolina Chapter Hall of Fame (2008). He becomes the second member of his family in the National Hall of Fame, joining his namesake father, Joseph, who was inducted in 1979.
Amy Appelt Slade
Slade will be inducted as a truly great player. She was a three-time All-American at the University of Virginia, earning first team honors in both 2004 and 2005, and second team honors in 2003. Slade was also the ACC’s rookie of the year in 2002. A native of Garden City, N.Y., Slade enjoyed a breakthrough junior season at Virginia, scoring a school-record 90 goals and 121 points while helping the Cavaliers win both the 2004 ACC title and the NCAA national championship. In addition to being named the ACC’s player of the year and the national attacker of the year, she was also winner of the 2004 Tewaaraton Trophy as the nation’s most outstanding collegiate player. Slade completed her UVA career with school records for career goals (258) and points (373) and finished second in career assists (115). At the time, her goals and points totals were fourth and fifth, respectively, in the NCAA Division I record books. She also set an NCAA record by scoring a goal in 66 straight games. Slade was a member of the U.S. National Team Program from 2003-2011, serving as an alternate on the 2005 World Cup Team. She has been previously inducted into the US Lacrosse Long Island Metro Chapter Hall of Fame (2015) and the US Lacrosse Charlottesville Chapter Hall of Fame (2016).