Nov. 11, 2007
NEW! Click here for a photo gallery from the 2007 National Lacrosse Hall of Fame Induction Celebration.
by Brian Logue, Lacrosse Magazine Online Staff
HUNT VALLEY, Md. - You've heard of Jen Adams, easily one of the greatest lacrosse players of all time, but the all-time leading goal scorer in NCAA women's lacrosse history, Gail Cummings-Danson, played nearly two decades ago. Cummings-Danson, who led Temple to the 1988 NCAA championship, was one of 10 lacrosse greats inducted into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame on Saturday evening.
Cummings-Danson was joined by Gertrude Dunn, Susan Ford, Tim Goldstein, Susan Kidder, Darren Lowe, Sharon Goldbrenner-Pfluger, Karl Rippelmeyer, Tom Sears and Brian Wood as members of the 50th anniversary class enshrined in the Hall of Fame.
"It's been a great time to reflect," said inductee Darren Lowe, a two-time All-World player for Team USA who joined his father, Alan, in the hall.
A consistent theme of the evening was praise for teammates, one best perhaps summed up by Tim Goldstein, the USILA Player of the Year in 1987 when he led Cornell to the NCAA championship game. Goldstein and several of his teammates gathered at the Capital Grille in Baltimore's Inner Harbor on Friday night to celebrate his accomplishment.
"They know, and they told me, this honor is all of ours," said Goldstein.
One of the busiest inductees for the weekend is Sharon Goldbrenner-Pfluger, the highly successful women's lacrosse coach at The College of New Jersey. She doubles as the school's head field hockey coach. Earlier in the day Saturday, her team defeated William Smith 5-1 in an NCAA tournament game. She drove from New Jersey to the induction ceremony and was then heading back for Sunday's NCAA regional final against Middlebury.
Keeping focused shouldn't be a problem for Pfluger.
In an emotional tribute, her Hall of Fame presenter, TCNJ assistant women's lacrosse coach Gina Carey-Smith said, "She looks you right in the eye and you know her focal point is you."
Plaques for the inductees now hang in the Lacrosse Museum and National Hall of Fame at US Lacrosse headquarters in Baltimore. Admission to the museum is $3 for adults and free for US Lacrosse members.
A look at the members of the 2007 National Lacrosse Hall of Fame Class:
* Holds NCAA record with 289 career goals.
* Led Temple to 1988 NCAA championship.
* Played for the winning U.S. World Cup team in 1993.
* Exceptional all-around athlete who played for the U.S. national team from 1957 to 1963.
* Has previously been enshrined in the National Field Hockey Hall of Fame and is one of the women featured in the National Baseball Hall of Fame from her playing time in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.
* A four-year player at Connecticut College.
* Continued with the sport as both a coach and umpire.
* Extremely active in developing the sport through her time as president of the United States Women's Lacrosse Association (one of the organizations that merged to form US Lacrosse) and as a board member of the US Lacrosse Foundation.
* Scored 100 points in 1987, becoming just the second player in NCAA history with 100 points in a season.
* Following Cornell career, helped the 1990 U.S. team win the gold.
* Played on the first U.S. World Cup team in 1982, capping a 12-year involvement with the national team.
* Also served as a coach at high school and collegiate levels.
* Brown's all-time leading scorer with 316 points, the third-highest total in NCAA history.
* A two-time all-World selection and captain for the underdog 2002 U.S. team that captured the ILF world championship.
* Has a remarkable 318-26 record in 21 seasons as the head coach at The College of New Jersey.
* Has led the Lions to 11 NCAA Division III championships.
* Teams won a NCAA-record 102 consecutive games from 1991 to 1997.
* A three-time All-American at Navy who helped the Midshipmen to the 1960 national championship.
* Received several citations for his service in the U.S. Marine Corps, including a Bronze Star.
* Induction came on the 232nd anniversary of the founding of the U.S. Marine Corps.
* A two-time national goalie of the year after helping North Carolina to back-to-back NCAA championships in 1981 and 1982.
* USILA Player of the Year in 1982.
* Helped the U.S. team to ILF world championship later that year, earning all-world honors.
* A four-time All-American attackman at Johns Hopkins, earning first-team honors his final three seasons.
* Helped lead Hopkins to three national championships (1984, 1985 and 1987) during his time at the school.
* Played on the gold-medal winning 1986 U.S. team.