October 7, 2010

Cortland's Beville, Taylor Earn HOF Honors

from press release

CORTLAND, N.Y. - SUNY Cortland men's lacrosse head coach Steve Beville and women's lacrosse head coach Kathy Taylor have been chosen as two of the newest inductees into the US Lacrosse Upstate New York Chapter Hall of Fame.

The two will be among those inducted during a black-tie optional dinner and ceremony Sunday, Oct. 24, at the Empire Room of the State Fairgrounds. The seven-person induction class also includes two Cortland graduates - Kirk Ventiquattro '81 and the late Paul Rose '67 - as well as Kathy Taylor's husband, Joe. Any friends, family or colleagues who wish to attend the dinner ($45 per person) can do so by contacting Tom Hall at 315 Center St., Fayetteville, NY 13066.

Beville will begin his fifth season as Cortland's men's lacrosse head coach in 2011. He led the Red Dragons to the NCAA Division III championship game in each of his first three seasons, including a national title in 2009, and the national semifinals in 2010.

The 2009 United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) Division III National Coach of the Year, Beville led his team to the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) tournament title and a new school record for victories during a 19-2 campaign that season. Beville was also the SUNYAC Coach of the Year in both 2008 and 2010. His overall coaching record of 217-124 includes a 69-13 (.841) record at Cortland and a 100-49 mark in 10 seasons at Colorado College, along with eight seasons at Division I Vermont.

A native of Syracuse, N.Y., Beville graduated from West Genesee High School in 1981 and went on to enjoy a highly successful playing career at Washington College in Maryland. He was a two-time Division III National Defenseman of the Year and played in three Division III national championship games.

Taylor enters her third season as Cortland's women's lacrosse head coach in 2011. In her first two seasons, she has led Cortland to a combined 31-10 record (.756), two State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) tournament titles and two NCAA Div. III tournament second-round appearances.

In 2010, Taylor's squad finished 17-3 overall and was unbeaten in SUNYAC play, including its 12th straight league tournament title. In 2009, the Red Dragons went 14-7 and rebounded from a second-place SUNYAC regular-season finish to win the conference tournament.

Prior to her arrival at Cortland, Taylor was a highly successful girls' lacrosse coach at Fayetteville-Manlius (N.Y.) High School from 1988 to 2006. During that stretch, her teams posted an overall record of 245-62-3 (.795), won two New York State Class A titles (2004 and 2005) and five Section III crowns.

A 1984 Cornell University alumna with a bachelor's degree in communications, Taylor played varsity lacrosse for the Big Red from 1982-84. The former Kathy Milmoe, she became the first Cornell women's player to earn first-team All-Ivy League honors during her senior season.

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