Notebook: Offseason Update
NOT YOUR AVERAGE JOE: (Division I) Maryland's Joe Walters will be the only current college player on the U.S. National Team roster that will represent the country at the 2006 International Lacrosse Federation (IFL) World Championship.
Walters, an attackman from Rochester, N.Y., finished his junior season as the Terps' leading scorer with 53 points, including 38 goals, as Maryland advanced to the NCAA Championship semifinal round. He is just 32 goals shy of tying the school record.
"This is such an honor for me," said Walters. "To make this team and represent the U.S. is special. I look at the rest of the guys on the team and they're players that I've looked up to, so it's an honor just to make the squad."
Twenty-three players were selected to the U.S. National Team after a four-day tryout that included 120 players. The United States have won eight of nine IFL World Championships, including six straight.
GOOD GUY: (Division III) Senior tri-captain David Chapman earned Trinity College's (Connecticut) Robert R. Bartlett Award, which is presented annually to the department's top student-athlete who has combined athletic excellence with a dedication to serving his or her community.
Chapman, a native of Lexington, Mass., took a hiatus from college and lacrosse in 2003 as he served his country in the United State Marine Corps during Operation Enduring Freedom. A long-stick midfielder, Chapman finished his career with five goals and two assists while defending opponents' best offensive players since his return from military service.
Chapman also volunteered in Toys for Tots and the American Red Cross Blood Drive during his collegiate career. He graduated in May with a degree in History, and plans to attend Officer Candidate School.
HALL OF FAMERS: US Lacrosse will honor the sport's finest players, coaches, officials and contributors as it enshrines its 2005 class into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame at the Induction Celebration on Saturday, November 12 in Hunt Valley, Md.
This year's class of 10 is: Mildred Barnes, Jack Emmer, Norm Engelke, Gary Gait, Paul Gait, Susie Ganzenmuller, Tom Haus, Dottie Hayden, Mandy (Moore) O'Leary and Gillian Rattray.
Several of the inductees have had stellar NCAA coaching and playing careers.
Emmer, who played at Rutgers, coached at SUNY-Cortland and Washington and Lee, before becoming the head coach at Army. He recently retired from Army as the NCAA's all-time winningest coach with 326 career victories. He is one of only two coaches to have guided three teams to the NCAA tournament.
Brothers Gary and Paul Gait were both All-Americans for Syracuse, and helped the Orange to the 1988 and 1989 NCAA Championships. Gary also served as an assistant coach for the University of Maryland's women's lacrosse team that won seven straight NCAA Championships in the 1990s and early 2000s.
Haus was a three-time first-team All-American at the University of North Carolina and helped the Tar Heels win the NCAA title in 1986. He also garnered the USILA's Enners Award as Player of the Year in 1986.
Mandy (Moore) O'Leary played at Temple where she was a three-time first-team All-American and helped guide the Owls to the NCAA title in 1988. O'Leary has been the head coach at Yale since 1993.