|HUNT VALLEY, Md. (Oct. 21) - Eight of the most recognizable names over the past 30 years of men's and women's lacrosse were formally inducted as the newest members of the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame Saturday evening at the Grand Lodge in Hunt Valley, Maryland.|
The eight inductees in the Class of 2012 - Jen Adams, Roy Colsey, Brian Dougherty, Missy Foote, Kelly Amonte Hiller, Jesse Hubbard, Tim Nelson, and Cindy Timchal – have achieved unparalleled individual and team successes at the collegiate, professional and international levels during their careers. All but two were inducted as truly great players. Foote and Timchal were inducted as truly great coaches.
Front row (l-r): Kelly Amonte Hiller, Jen Adams, Cindy Timchal, Missy Foote
Back row (l-r): Tim Nelson, Roy Colsey, Brian Dougherty, Jesse Hubbard
Each of the inductees was introduced at the ceremony by a short video that summarized many of their career highlights and included comments from a presenter. Following that introduction, each inductee addressed the gathering of current Hall of Fame members and the several hundred additional friends, family and lacrosse supporters who gathered for the event.
Jen Adams led the University of Maryland to four straight national championships from 1998-2001. A native of Brighton, South Australia, her impact on the game was instant and impressive upon arriving in College Park. Adams became a three-time first team All-American and was a three-time national player of the year award winner during her career.
Adams concluded her college career as Maryland's all-time leader in goals, assists and points and became the first-ever winner of the Tewaaraton Award as a senior in 2001. She remained active as an international player over the past decade as a member of the Australian Women's National Team, and was named to the All-World Team in both 2005 and 2009.
"Obviously, I know a lot of the names that have come through before me, and there's so much respect for those people as mentors of the game," said Adams, now the head coach at Loyola University Maryland. "Those people, in my eyes, are the lacrosse gurus. For me to be alongside them now is very, very humbling. Lacrosse, for me, has been and continues to be just the right fit."
Former college teammate and friend Cathy Reese served as presenter for Adams.
Roy Colsey, a product of Yorktown, N.Y., already knew success before arriving at Syracuse University in 1992, having won two high school state championships. He then became a four-time All-American with the Orange, with first team honors during his last three years. Colsey helped lead Syracuse to the national championship in 1993 and 1995, and was also recognized as the national midfielder of the year as a senior.
Colsey played nine seasons (2000-2008) professionally in Major League Lacrosse and earned all-star honors four times. He was the MLL's Championship MVP in 2006 and finished his career as the MLL's career leader in 2-point goals, a mark he held until this past season. He also played on the international stage as a member of the 2006 U.S. Men's National Team.
"For me, this is a tremendous pat on the back and an embrace from the entire lacrosse community," Colsey said. "They are saying we appreciate all your hard work and dedication to the game. I'm humbled beyond words and honored beyond imagination."
Roy Simmons, Jr., who coached Colsey at Syracuse, served as his presenter.