2009 Hall of Fame Class Announced
from press release
|Four-time U.S. World Cup team member Cherie Greer is
among the eight individuals selected for the National Lacrosse Hall
© Kevin P. Tucker
BALTIMORE – The induction class for 2009
for the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame has been selected and
approved by the US Lacrosse Board of Directors. This year’s
class will be inducted in a ceremony, sponsored by Bollinger
Insurance, on Nov. 7 at The Grand Lodge in Hunt Valley, Md
The National Lacrosse Hall of Fame is a component of US Lacrosse. The 2009 induction class consists of Todd Curry, Patricia Price Genovese, Cherie Greer, Jeffrey J. Long, Kevin Lowe, Mark Millon, Jennifer Miller O’Donnell and Jessica Wilk Strosberg.
The National Lacrosse Hall of Fame was established in 1957 to honor men and women, past and present, 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. More than 325 lacrosse greats are honored in the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame, which is located with the Lacrosse Museum at US Lacrosse Headquarters in Baltimore.
Bios for this year’s inductees follow:
Todd Curry (Syracuse ‘87) will be inducted as a truly great player. Curry was a three-year player for West Genesee (Syracuse, N.Y.), three-time New York State lacrosse champions, two-time All-League (1982, 1983) and honored as high school All-American (1983). At Syracuse he was first team (1986, 1987) and second team (1985) All-American and was the USILA MacLaughlin Award Winner (Midfielder-of-the-Year 1987). Curry was also a midfielder for the 1986 and 1994 U.S. Men’s National Teams that won world championships. Curry was inducted into the US Lacrosse Upstate New York Chapter Hall of Fame (2004) and the US Lacrosse Greater Baltimore Chapter Hall of Fame (2008).
Patricia Price Genovese
Pat Genovese will be inducted as a truly great coach. Genovese has had a prolific career as coach at William Smith since 1972 She boasts a 362-133-1 career record with 16 NCAA Division III Tournament appearances. Her 362 career wins ranks second in NCAA history among women’s lacrosse coaches. Genovese is three-time Division III Coach of the Year, three-time Regional Coach of the Year, three-time NYSWCAA Coach of the Year and three-time North/South All-Star Game head coach. She was also an assistant coach for the U.S. women’s national team program. Genovese was inducted into the US Lacrosse Greater Rochester Chapter Lacrosse Hall of Fame (1998) as well as the SUNY Cortland Hall of Fame and the William Smith Hall of Honor.
Cherie Greer (Virginia ’94) will be inducted as a truly great player. Greer, an All-American, was also the NCAA Division I Defensive Player of the Year (1994) and had her jersey retired at Virginia. During her career, the Cavaliers won two NCAA championships (1991, 1993). Greer was a 14-year club player and received the Beth Allen award at the US Lacrosse Women’s Division National Tournament (2000). She was a member of the 1993, 1997, 2001 and 2005 U.S. Women’s World Cup teams, winning three world championships. She was named the most outstanding player of the championship game in the 1997 and 2001 World Cups. In 2000, she was named a member of the Lacrosse Magazine All-Century Team. Greer was inducted into the US Lacrosse Philadelphia/Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter Lacrosse Hall of Fame (2005).
Jeffrey Long (Naval Academy ‘77) will be inducted as a truly great player. Long played high school lacrosse at Irondequoit (Rochester, N.Y.) where he was a two-time All-American and four-time All-League. At the Naval Academy Long was a three-time All-American (1975, 1976, 1977), and iss the school’s career leader in total points (233) and assists (149). He set the school’s single-season assists record with 53 in 1977. Long was an attackman for the 1978 and 1986 U.S. Men’s National Teams, winning a world championship in 1986. He has also been a highly-successful coach at Ithaca College since 1988. Long was inducted into the US Lacrosse Greater Rochester Chapter Hall of Fame (1992) and the United States Naval Academy Hall of Fame (2007).
Kevin Lowe (Princeton ’94) will be inducted as a truly great player. An All-American high school lacrosse player from Mineola, N.Y., Lowe captured spots in the National High School North/South All-Star Game (1990), Nassau County All-Star Game (1990) and Empire State Games (1989). At Princeton, Lowe was an All-American (1992-94) and team captain (1993-94). He holds the school’s records for career points (247), career assists (174) and assists in a game (9). In 1994, Lowe received the USILA Turnbull Award (Attackman-of-the-Year). In his tenure, Princeton won two NCAA national championships (1992, 1994) and he was All-Ivy league all four years including Ivy League Player of the Year in 1994. Lowe was a member of the 2002 U.S. Men’s National Team that won a world championship and he played professionally in the MLL and NLL from 1995 through 2003. Last year, Lowe was inducted into the US Lacrosse Long Island Metro Chapter Hall of Fame. His father, Alan, and brother, Darren, are also members of the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame.
Mark Millon (Massachusetts ’93) will be inducted as a truly great player. Millon was an All-American in college and was the New England Player of the Year (1993). Millon was USCLA Player of the Year (1994, 1995, 1998) during his time playing for the Long Island Lacrosse Club and Mt. Washington Lacrosse Club. Professionally, Millon received numerous honors playing in both the NLL and MLL. In the MLL, he was voted the league’s Offensive Player of the Year in 2002 and 2003 and the Co-League MVP in 2005, helping Baltimore to the 2002 league title. He retired as the MLL’s all-time leading scorer with 356 points. Before beginning his MLL career, Millon was a member of the 1994 and 1998 U.S. Men’s National Teams where he won All-World and Tournament MVP in 1994 and All-World and Best Attackman in 1998, helping the U.S. to two world titles. Millon was inducted into the US Lacrosse Long Island Metro Chapter Lacrosse Hall of Fame (2009) and the University of Massachusetts Hall of Fame (2004).
Jennifer Miller O’Donnell
Jennifer Miller O’Donnell will be inducted as a truly great official. As an umpire for the women’s game, O’Donnell has been rated for 10 years at the local, district and national levels (1983-1994) and 15 years at the international level (1994-present).O’Donnell umpired the ACC, CAA, Atlantic-10, Patriot League, Big East and ALC tournament and conference games over the past two decades. She has also umpired international games all over the world including the World Cup games in High Wycombe, England (2001) and Annapolis, Md., (2005). O’Donnell was inducted into the US Lacrosse Philadelphia/Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter Lacrosse Hall of Fame (2009).
Jessica Wilk Strosberg
Jessica Wilk Strosberg (Maryland ’90) will be inducted as a truly great Player. Wilk played at the Ellis School (PA) and was an All-American goalie at Maryland. At Maryland, she won an NCAA Division I national championship (1986) and served as team captain. Wilk went on to a standout career with the U.S. national team, playing on the 1993, 1997, 2001 and 2005 World Cup teams. Wilk won three World Cups with the U.S. team and was named to the all-world team following the 2005 World Cup. In 1998, she won the Beth Allen award at the US Lacrosse Women’s Division National Tournament. Wilk was inducted into the University of Maryland Athletic Hall of Fame (2005).