Betty Shellenberger, a legendary pioneer in both women’s lacrosse and field hockey, and a member of the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame, passed away earlier this week at the age of 98.

Shellenberger was an outstanding attack player who spent nearly two decades as a member of the U.S. Women’s National Team while also enjoyed a 49-year umpiring career. 

In addition, she served as president of the United States Women's Lacrosse Association from 1967-68 and was the honorary secretary of the International Federation of Women's Lacrosse Associations from 1983-86. 

Following her service as a military aviation mechanic in California during World War II, Shellenberger returned to her native Philadelphia and started the lacrosse programs at the Stevens School and Chestnut Hill College. She later served as the first president of the Philadelphia College Association. 

In addition to her induction to the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1994, Shellenberger was recognized in six other Halls of Fame, including the inaugural class of the U.S. Field Hockey Hall of Fame in 1988, and the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame in 1986. 

● Read more about Shellenberger’s lasting legacy in this tribute authored by Chris Goldberg of