THE EVENT: The Stars were all out on perhaps the biggest night in Hall of Fame History as lacrosse's twin legends Gary and Paul Gait were inducted in the Hall. Along with the Gaits, enshrined into lacrosse immortality were Jack Emmer, Mildred J. Barnes, Susan L. Ganzenmuller, Norman Engelke, Dorothy Lee Hayden, Gary Gait, Mandee O'Leary, Paul Gait, Gillian D. Rattray and Tom Haus.
The US Lacrosse Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies and Reception was held Saturday night at the Grand Lodge in Hunt Valley, Maryland. The presentation was a lively one, especially when Penn State's Rattray and North Carolina's Tom Haus were introduced. Rattray had a whole section of fans and Tommy Haus is a Baltimore favorite who grew up just a few miles from Hunt Valley.
Army's Emmer was introduced by star pupil Mike Pressler, while Engelke was presented by his brother and fellow US team member Bob. Mandee Moore O'Leary, the current Yale coach, almost balled - almost - she kept it together, but was obviously moved by the honor. Common threads of teamwork, dedication and mentoring were woven throughout the night's introductions and acceptance speeches. We have all but two below, if you'd like to listen to them. We apologize for missing two very good speeches by Tom Haus and Gillian Rattray. US Lacrosse Executive Director also presentred Sue Stahl with an award for her sevice to the US Team for 17 years.
Steve Stenersen and Sue Stahl
The highlight of the night was the induction of the games two greatest players to date, Gary and Paul Gait. The Gaits were introduced by Steve Govett and Tom Marachek, all friends since childhood in Victoria, British Columbia. Gary, who achieves the almost rediculous accomplishment of still reigning as the games best current player on the date of his Hall of Fame induction, was most gracious after Govett eloquently dusted off the top pedestal above the other lax gods enshrined in the Hall and hoisted him up there with the words "greatest ever."
Marachek's affection and admiration for Paul Gait was engrained in his intro, but he opened with laughs, as he first addressed the audience, "This guy kinda looks like the other guy. Doesn't he? Sorta?" And the laughs continued through Paul Gait's speech, as well. Number 19 lampooned his relationship with Gary, his family, Roy Simmons, Jr., doctors and his permanent and ironic place in history as the second best ever, behind only his identical twin. His was the speech of the night, crafted and poignant, ripping with truth, but tempered with humor, humility and grace.
Members of the Hall of Fame in attendance
Mildred J. Barnes - Boston Lacrosse Association
Player, Teacher, Umpire
Mildred Barnes played attack on the United States national teams during the 1950s and early 60s, including the undefeated touring team to the British Isles in 1957. Barnes also played for the U.S. against Great Britain and Ireland in 1954 and 1960. From 1949 to 1961, she played for the competitive Boston Lacrosse Association and during the last 10 years of her competitive career, she also served as a nationally-rated umpire. She taught lacrosse at clinics and to high school and college students in the 1950s and 60s. Five of her students later became members of U.S. national teams and two preceded her into the Hall of Fame. Barnes has authored several lacrosse-related papers.
John "Jack" Emmer
Coach at SUNY-Cortland, Washington & Lee, Army
Jack Emmer recently retired from Army as the NCAA's all-time winningest coach with 326 career victories. He is one of only two coaches to have guided three teams (Cortland, Washington and Lee, Army) to the NCAA tournament, and he coached the 2002 U.S. Men's Team to the International Lacrosse Federation World Championship. Three times the USILA named him a divisional coach of the year and in 2003 that organization honored him with the Howdy Meyers Man of the Year Award. Emmer was a second-team All-American defenseman at Rutgers, where he also enjoyed a stellar football career. His lacrosse peers voted him team MVP in 1967, which he concluded with an appearance in the USILA's North-South All-Star Game. Three US Lacrosse chapters — Charlottesville (Va.), Hudson Valley (N.Y.) and Long Island Metro (N.Y.) — have already inducted him into their respective halls of fame.
Susan L. Ganzenmuller
Umpire, Teacher and Organizer
Susie Ganzemuller has contributed decades of service to women's lacrosse, specifically, umpiring. A nationally-rated umpire since 1989 and internationally-rated since 1991, Ganzenmuller has umpired two International Federation of Women's Lacrosse Associations World Cups and 11 NCAA Division I championship weekends. She has conducted 10 years of international umpire training in places such as Australia, Canada, the Czech Republic, England, Japan and Scotland, in addition to 15-plus years of stateside training at the local, district and national levels. Ganzenmuller chaired the former United States Women's Lacrosse Association's National Umpiring Committee from 1992 to 1996. The USWLA honored her with the Nancy Chance Service Award in 1997, the same year she wrote and directed the "Stars and Stripes" rules and umpiring video. More recently, as the IFWLA Vice President of Rules and Umpiring, she worked to revise the IFWLA Crosse specifications, rulebook and umpiring manual. The Potomac Chapter of US Lacrosse inducted her into its hall of fame in 2005.
Norm Engelke played midfield on International Lacrosse Federation World Champion U.S. teams in 1982, 1986 and 1990. Following a stellar career at Cornell, where he was a second-team All-American, a North-South All-Star, two-time All-Ivy League selection and Ivy League Player of the Year, Engelke played 13 years of post-collegiate club lacrosse. During that time he won four championships with the Long Island Lacrosse Club and was a four-time all-star in the United States Club Lacrosse Association. He was also a member and captain of the New York Saints in the Major Indoor Lacrosse League and won one league championship. Engelke went on to become an assistant coach for the Major League Lacrosse Long Island Lizards, helping lead them to two championships. He is a member of the Cornell University and US Lacrosse Long Island Metro Chapter halls of fame.
Dorothy Lee Hayden
Coach, Umpire, Program Founder
Dottie Hayden initiated the women's lacrosse program at Frostburg State University in Maryland. Her service to the game spans four decades, including committee work and elected offices. During her 24 years as a nationally-rated umpire, she chaired the National Umpiring Committee for six years, umpired National Tournaments and international matches and helped write the first umpiring manual. Hayden was a member of the undefeated 1975 United States Touring Team to Great Britain. She served as an umpire for the U.S. Training Squad and traveled frequently overseas to develop coaches and umpires. In 1982, she became the 26th Honorary Member of the United States Women's Lacrosse Association. For many years, Hayden played with the Baltimore Lacrosse Association and the South District teams. A Master Teacher ar The Madeira School in McLean, Va., Hayden has coached lacrosse there since 1979.
Gary C. Gait
One of the greatest lacrosse players ever, Gary Gait began his illustrious career by earning first-team All-America honors three times and USILA player of the year honors twice in leading Syracuse to national championships in 1988, 1989 and 1990. He holds numerous NCAA records, including goals scored in a tournament game, single tournament and career tournaments. Gait remains Syracuse's all-time leading goal scorer with 192 and he was named to the 1990 USILA North-South Game. He played for the Canadian National Team in the ILF World Championships in 1990, 1994 and 1998, earning a place on the All-World Team each year. In 1991, he began a 15-year professional indoor career, winning Rookie of the Year honors. Gait is a 15-time All-Pro and six-time MVP of the National Lacrosse League. He ranks as the NLL's all-time leading goal and points scorer. Gait has also played in Major League Lacrosse since the league's inception in 2001, helping the Baltimore Bayhawks to league championships in 2002 and 2005 as a player-coach. Prior to that, Gait played for more than 10 years in the USCLA, winning its MVP award four times and its championship twice. Gait served as an assistant coach on the University of Maryland women's teams that won seven consecutive NCAA championships in the 1990s and early 2000s. Lacrosse Magazine named him to its All-20th Century Team and the NCAA named him to its 25th Anniversary Team. He has assumed the head coaching duties of the NLL's Colorado Mammoth.
Paul Gait earned first-team All-America honors from 1988 to 1990 and helped Syracuse win three straight national championships. He was named the NCAA Tournament's Most Outstanding Player in 1989 and was named to the USILA North-South All-Star Game in 1990. Gait played for the Canadian National Team in the ILF World Championships in 1990, 1994, 1998 and 2002, earning All-World recognition in 1994. He competed in the National Lacrosse League, and its predecessor indoor leagues from 1991 to 2005, earning the NLL's MVP award in 2002. Gait was an eight-time first-team All-Pro and three-time second-team All-Pro in the NLL. He also played outdoor post-collegiate club lacrosse and earned multiple honors. In 2001, he helped the Long Island Lizards capture the inaugural Major League Lacrosse championships. Lacrosse Magazine named him to its All-20th Century Team and the NCAA named him to its 25th Anniversary Team.
Mandee (Moore) O'Leary
Mandee (Moore) O'Leary was a three-time first-team All-American and the NCAA's Midfielder of the Year in 1987 and '88. She helped Temple to the 1988 national championship and played in the North-South All-Star Game. O'Leary played on the IFWLA World Cup Champion 1989 and 1993 U.S. teams. She played nine years of post-collegiate club lacrosse. O'Leary has served as the head coach at Yale since 1993, winning the Coach of the Year award in '96. She has served as chair of the U.S. team selection committee and on the former USWLA Board of Directors. Lacrosse Magazine named her its 1988 Player of the Year. She was named the USWLA's Beth Allen Award winner in 1997.
Head Coach at Penn State, Pioneer
Gillian Rattray helped Penn State win three straight national championships and compiled a record of 134-19-3 over 11 seasons as head coach. Fifteen of her players were US Lacrosse All-Americans, 11 were named to Brine/IWLCA All-America teams and 12 were members of international touring teams. She chaired the committee that helped create a team tournament for college athletes under the auspices of the USWLA. She helped lift the national profile of women's college lacrosse by winning the first three USWLA College Division National Championships (1978, 1979, 1980). In 1981, the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) accepted women's lacrosse under its umbrella. She again helped focus attention on the sport by directing and hosting all three division championships in the first AIAW tournament at Penn State. With the demise of the AIAW, sponsorship became a part of the NCAA and Rattray's teams continued to enjoy national prominence with semifinal appearances in 1983 and 1985. Rattray’s teams were phenomenally successful during her career. She built a 20-game winning streak between 1978 and 1980 and qualified for six final fours. She coached 78 home games in Happy Valley and her teams were 69-8-1 in those games. She has twice been featured in Sports Illustrated and gained recognition from the Guiness Book of World Records as the first coach to win two national championships in separate sports in the same year. She has duplicated that feat with two hall of fame elections in 2005, having been inducted into the National Field Hockey Coaches Hall of Fame in January.
Thomas R. Haus
Tom Haus was a three-time first-team All-American and the only three-time recipient of the USILA's Schmeisser Award as the nation’s outstanding defenseman. Haus was the USILA's Enners Award as the nation's outstanding player in 1986 when he helped North Carolina to the NCAA championship. He was a two-time team MVP for the Tar Heels and earned a place in the 1987 North-South Game. The NCAA named him to its 25th Anniversary Team and the Atlantic Coast Conference named him to its 50th Anniversary Team. In 2003, the University of North Carolina retired his jersey number "13". Haus is a member of the US Lacrosse Greater Baltimore Chapter Hall of Fame. For the last 15 years he has been instrumental in the spread of lacrosse in North Carolina. He has developed and coached high school and youth teams in both Charlotte and Winston-Salem.
THE KING OF D: Haus is the only 3 time Schmeisser Award winner
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