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By Paul Ohanian
BALTIMORE — The 2014 induction class for the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame has been approved by the US Lacrosse Board of Directors. This year’s eight-person class will be officially inducted in a ceremony on Saturday, Oct. 25, at The Grand Lodge in Hunt Valley, Md.
The members of the 2014 induction class are Stan Cockerton, Jay Jalbert, Erin Brown Millon, Steve Mitchell, Michele Uhlfelder, Peter G. Voelkel, Carole Wakefield (posthumous) and Margery Watson.
Tickets for the 2014 National Lacrosse Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, sponsored by RPS Bollinger and the Markel Insurance Company, will be available to the public for online purchase beginning August 1 at uslacrosse.org/HOF.
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. Nearly 400 lacrosse greats are honored in the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame, which is located with the Lacrosse Museum at US Lacrosse Headquarters in Baltimore.
Brief bios for this year’s inductees follow, with more detailed career accomplishments listed below.
Cockerton will be inducted as a truly great player. He was a four-time All-American at North Carolina State University, earning first team honors in 1980, second team honors in 1978 and 1979, and third team honors as a freshman in 1977. He also received All-ACC honors in each of his four seasons, and was named to the ACC’s 50th Anniversary Team in 2003. Cockerton still ranks third all-time in NCAA Division I history with 193 career goals, first all-time in goals per game with 4.39, and second all-time in points per game with 6.36. A native of Oshawa, Canada, Cockerton also participated as a club player for the Oshawa Blue Knights from 1979-95, and played for Team Canada in the FIL World Championship in 1978, 1982 and 1990. Cockerton had six goals and three assists in Canada’s 17-16 victory over Team USA in the 1978 final, including the game-winning goal in overtime. He currently serves as president of the Federation of International Lacrosse and executive director of the Ontario Lacrosse Association.
Jalbert will be inducted as a truly great player. He was a three-time All-American as a midfielder at the University of Virginia, earning first team honors in 1999 and 2000 and honorable mention status in 1998. Jalbert helped lead the Cavaliers to the 1999 NCAA title, and was named as the winner of the USILA’s McLaughlin Award that season as the national midfielder of the year. He earned All-ACC honors in both 1999 and 2000, and was named to the ACC’s 50th Anniversary Team in 2003. As a professional, Jalbert was a four-time all-star in Major League Lacrosse and named league MVP in 2003 while helping the Lizards win the championship. He was a three-time all-star in the National Lacrosse League, winning titles in 2001 and 2006. He also was named to the 2006 All-World Team and received the Best Midfielder Award as a member of Team USA.
Millon will be inducted as a truly great player. After beginning her collegiate career with two seasons at Essex (Md.) Community College, Millon transferred to the University of Maryland and became a second team All-American as a senior in 1990. She was named to the ACC’s 50th Anniversary Team in 2002. Millon was a two-time member of the U.S. World Cup Team, helping Team USA to capture the world championship in both 1997 and 2001. She also served as an alternate on the 1993 team. Millon was the recipient of US Lacrosse’s Beth Allen Award in 2001 as the most outstanding U.S. team player at the Women’s National Tournament. She was also the first recipient of the IWLCA’s President’s Award in 2004.
Mitchell will be inducted as a truly great player. One of the last of the three-sport athletes in college, he was a two-time All-American at Johns Hopkins University, earning honorable mention status in 1986 and first team honors in 1987. Mitchell was the first long stick defensive midfielder to be named as a first team All-American. In addition to lacrosse, he played football and basketball at Homewood. Mitchell played on three lacrosse national championship teams at Johns Hopkins (1984, 1985, 1987) and was selected to JHU’s all-time lacrosse team in 1987. The Blue Jays compiled a 47-6 record during his four seasons. Mitchell also helped the U.S. National Team to the gold medal in both 1990 and 1994, and he was selected to the All-World Team following the 1990 World Games.
Uhlfelder will be inducted as a truly great player. A four-year player at the University of Maryland, she was a first-team All-American as a senior in 1991 and also selected as the national attacker of the year. Uhlfelder was recognized on the NCAA’s All-Tournament Team in both 1990 and 1991, and selected to the ACC’s 50th Anniversary Team in 2002. As a member of the U.S. National Team program from 1989-2005, she competed as a member of Team USA at the 1997 and 2001 World Cups, winning gold medals both times. Uhlfelder was recipient of the Beth Allen Award in 2004 as the most outstanding U.S. team player at the US Lacrosse Women’s National Tournament.
Voelkel will be inducted as a truly great player. He was a four-time All-American as a midfielder at the University of North Carolina, earning first team honors in 1982 and 1983, second team honors in 1981, and honorable mention status in 1980. Additionally, Voelkel was tabbed as the USILA’s midfielder of the year in 1983. He was a three-time selectee to the All-ACC team (1981, 1982, 1983), and named to the ACC’s 50th Anniversary Team in 2002. North Carolina won two ACC championships (1981, 1982) during his tenure, and also captured two NCAA national championships, in 1981 and 1982. He was named UNC’s team MVP in 1981 and 1983. Voelkel was selected to play in the USILA’s North-South All-Star Game as a senior in 1983.
Wakefield will be inducted posthumously as a truly great contributor. Recognized by many as being the first publicist for women’s lacrosse, she served as a writer and columnist covering the game for parts of four decades. Wakefield was the women's editor for Lacrosse Magazine for 12 years, and editor of the USWLA’s Crosse Checks publication for five years. For 10 years, Wakefield was a fixture at the Vail Shootout as a scorer, timer and writer. In recognition, she received the Vail Tournament’s Service Award in 1997. In 2000, the Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter of US Lacrosse established the Carole Wakefield Award, presented to a journalist who has made an outstanding contribution to women's lacrosse in Pennsylvania. Wakefield will be inducted posthumously. She passed away earlier this month at the age of 88.
Watson will be inducted as a truly great contributor. Watson may be best known as the coach who launched the women’s program at Ursinus College, where she amassed a record of 199-19-9 as the coach from 1957-81. Included in that run were seven undefeated seasons, as well as runner-up finishes in both the 1979 USWLA National Tournament and the 1981 AIAW National Championship. In addition, she was instrumental in the creation of the Philadelphia Colleges Women’s Lacrosse Association (PCWLA) in 1970. In recognition, Watson was the inaugural recipient of the IWLCA’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000. She has previously been inducted to four other halls of fame.
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