January 26, 2011

McCulloch, Simandl Earn Long Island HOF Nod

from press release

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. - Two Hofstra Lacrosse alums, Dave McCulloch '86 and Jerry Simandl '55, have been selected to be inducted into the Long Island Metropolitan Lacrosse Foundation (LIMLF) Hall of Fame.

The 26th annual Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held on February 5. 2011 at the Huntington Hilton (598 Broadhollow Road-Route 110) in Melville, New York. The reception begins at 7 p.m.

Dave McCulloch was a four-year letterman for the Pride-then Flying Dutchmen-from 1983 through 1986. A two-time USILA All-America third team selection at midfield in both 1984 and 1985, he also served as team captain for three seasons. During his stellar career, he played in 49 games and tallied 78 goals and 57 assists for 135 points, which ranks in the top 20 in Hofstra history.

McCulloch recorded a career-best 26 goals and 23 assists as a freshman in 1983 and held the Hofstra freshman points record until 2006, when Tom Dooley broke it. In 1984, McCulloch tallied 20 goals and 16 assists to earn All-America honors as a sophomore. He earned his second All-America honor in 1985 scoring 13 goals and eight assists in just eight games. Named to the All East Coast Conference team as a senior in 1986, McCulloch played in the 1986 USILA Division I North-South Senior All-Star Game.

Following graduation, McCulloch played with the New York Saints of the Major Indoor Lacrosse League from 1987-1990 and played on two North American Cup championships, winning the championship in 1988 against the Washington Wave. He also played for Long Island/Hofstra Lacrosse Club from 1987-1993 winning many regional & national USCLA Club championships.

McCulloch, who was inducted into the Ward Melville High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007, has been a coach in the Three-Village youth lacrosse program since 1997. Dave, who is the Sales Manager for Summit Toyota Lift, a material handling distributor based out of New Haven, Connecticut, resides in Stony Brook, New York with Dawn, his wife of twenty years, and their two children, daughter Lindsay & son Jake.

Jerry Simandl was a four-year letterman for four nationally-ranked teams in lacrosse from 1952 through 1955. During his career, he recorded 119 goals and 119 assists for 238 points, and still owns five school records 55 years after graduation.

A USILA All-America second team selection as a senior, Simandl recorded one of the best seasons in lacrosse history in 1955. Simandl helped lead the Pride to a 14-2 season and a number three ranking in the national poll; led the nation in points with 102 and assists with 58; and was second in goals with 44, In addition to earning All-America honors, he was a Laurie Cox Division all-conference selection and was named to the USILA North-South Senior All-Star Game.

In a Baltimore Sun interview with Hofstra's legendary lacrosse coach Howdy Myers in the late 1950s, Simandl was singled out as one of the 10 players ever coached by Myers, who he would pick to make-up an all-star team, an inclusion that Jerry was truly honored by.

Simandl, a 2007 Hofstra Athletics Hall of Fame inductee, continues to hold Hofstra career records for points (238) and assists (119) in a career; points (102) and assists (58) in a season; and points (12) in a single game that was achieved twice-against Cortland State (7-5) and Union (4-8)-in 1955.

Following graduation, Simandl spent four years as a United States Naval Officer, serving on a heavy cruiser and on the Admiral's staff. After his stint in the Navy, he began a 27-year career on the corporate litigation staff at IBM in White Plains, New York. He also became involved in coaching lacrosse, assisting at The Greenvale School on Long Island and at Rye High School in Westchester.

After retiring, Jerry moved to Madison, Connecticut with his wife of 51 years, Joanne. The Simandl's have three sons, Christopher, Craig and Jonathan.

McCulloch and Simandl will be joined in the Hall of Fame class by Richie Flynn, Paul Goldsmith, Karen McCrate Henning, Brian Lantier, Gary Reh, Michelle Cusimano Vachris, Chris Walker and Tim Worstell. Tickets for the Long Island Metropolitan Lacrosse Foundation Hall of Fame Ceremony can be purchased by calling the LIMLF at (631) 736-2482.

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