October 22, 2012

Colsey, Dougherty, Hubbard, Nelson Join Hall of Fame

by Paul Ohanian | LaxMagazine.com | HOF Women: Adams, Amonte, Foote, Timchal Inducted

"Reflecting back on all the great things that lacrosse has given me and on all the people who gave me my opportunity...it means a lot," said 2012 National Hall of Fame inductee Brian Dougherty.
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HUNT VALLEY, Md. – Four of the most recognizable names over the past 30 years of men's lacrosse were formally inducted as the newest male members of the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame Saturday evening at the Grand Lodge in Hunt Valley.

The four players – Roy Colsey, Brian Dougherty, Jesse Hubbard and Tim Nelson – have achieved unparalleled individual and team successes at the collegiate, professional and international levels during their careers. All were inducted as "truly great players."

The class of 2012 was officially welcomed during the Hall of Fame induction ceremony, a black-tie optional celebration sponsored by Bollinger Insurance and the Markel Insurance Company.

Each of the inductees was introduced by a short video that summarized many of their career highlights and included comments from a presenter. Following that introduction, each inductee had the opportunity to address the gathering of current Hall of Fame members and the several hundred additional friends, family and lacrosse supporters who gathered for the event.

Colsey, a product of Yorktown, N.Y., already knew success before arriving at Syracuse University in 1992, having won two high school state championships. He then became a four-time All-American with the Orange, with first team honors during his last three years. Colsey helped lead Syracuse to the national championship in 1993 and 1995, and was also recognized as the national midfielder of the year as a senior.

Roy Simmons, Jr., who coached Colsey at Syracuse, served as his presenter.

"When he decided to come to Syracuse I was as happy as I could be," said Simmons, Jr., before adding coyly "you know, he's got a wonderful first name. He was everything that any coach would want. Mediocrity is not in his language."

Colsey played nine seasons (2000-2008) professionally in Major League Lacrosse and earned all-star honors four times. He was the MLL's Championship MVP in 2006 and finished his career as the MLL's career leader in 2-point goals, a mark he held until this past season. He also played on the international stage as a member of the 2006 U.S. Men's National Team.

"For me, this is a tremendous pat on the back and an embrace from the entire lacrosse community," Colsey said. "They are saying we appreciate all your hard work and dedication to the game.

"I'm humbled beyond words and honored beyond imagination."

Dougherty is universally recognized as one of the top goalies of the past 20 years. He was a two-time first-team All-American at the University of Maryland and was a two-time recipient of the national goalie of the year award. Dougherty was also selected as the nation's outstanding player in 1995. That season, fueled by a memorable final four performance, he became one of the few players in NCAA history to be named tournament MVP while playing on the non-championship winning team.

Brian's father, Dan Dougherty, attended the majority of his son's games through the years and served as his presenter.

"The worst thing in life is to be a goalie, whether in hockey or lacrosse," the elder Dougherty explained. "The second worst thing is to be a goalie's parents. It drove me nuts that so much tension was focused on the goalie."

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