October 27, 2013

Team USA Lineage Represented in 2013 Hall of Fame Women's Class

Newest inductees honored at ceremony on Saturday evening

by Paul Ohanian | LaxMagazine.com | Berkman, Miller, Wade, Watson Men's Inductees

Pictured l-r: Sue Heether, Michele DeJuliis, Quinn Carney Burke and Tracy Stumpf. The 2013 Hall of Fame women's class represents 20 years on continuous service on the U.S. women's national teams.
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HUNT VALLEY, Md. — The National Lacrosse Hall of Fame formally welcomed four new women's members Saturday evening at the Grand Lodge in Hunt Valley during the 2013 induction ceremony, sponsored by RPS-Bollinger Insurance and the Markel Insurance Company.

The class of Quinn Carney Burke, Michele DeJuliis, Sue Heether and Tracy Stumpf represents 20 years of continuous service on the U.S. women's national teams, during which time Team USA captured five world championships in six attempts. In addition, the four new inductees have collectively been recognized as collegiate All-Americans nine times and won five NCAA national championships.

Each of the four inductees was introduced by a short video that summarized many of their career highlights and included comments from a presenter. Following their introduction, each inductee was greeted by a standing ovation as they made their way forward to address the gathering of current Hall of Fame members and several hundred additional friends, family and lacrosse supporters gathered for the celebration.

Quinn Carney Burke, who helped lead the University of Maryland to four straight national championships from 1998-2001, was inducted as a truly great player. A native of Flemington, N.J., Carney was a key cog in extending Maryland's unprecedented run of seven straight NCAA championships between 1995 and 2001. She finished her career ranked third on Maryland's all-time list in assists, with 110, fifth in goals, with 162, and fifth in total points, with 265. She was a first-team All-American in 2001 and a third-team AA honoree in 1999.

"Going to Maryland was one of the easiest choices I ever had to make," Carney said. "It was a complete no-brainer. I wanted to be surrounded by the best players in the country, and that's what going to Maryland meant."

She was introduced by her former teammate and friend Cathy Reese.

"Quinn's a true competitor. She loves the thrill of competition," Reese said. "She loved playing against the best and competing to be the best."

Carney was a two-time member of the U.S. Women's National Team, competing in the 2001 and 2005 World Championships. In addition to being named to the 2005 All-World Team, she concluded her international career as the United States' all-time scoring leader with 37 goals in World Cup play.

"Being inducted into the Hall of Fame is a huge honor, but it all comes back to the people I was surrounded by," Carney said. "This is just a culmination of all the people that have been around me."

Michele DeJuliis, a four-time All-American at Penn State University, was inducted as a truly great player. DeJuliis earned first-team honors in 1995, 1996 and 1997, and third-team honors in 1994. She finished her career ranked sixth on Penn State's all-time scoring list with 203 points, and led the Nittany Lions in scoring three times during her career.

"Being inducted into the Hall of Fame is completely overwhelming and very humbling," said DeJuliis, a native of Baltimore. "When I think of all the legends that have played this sport, or coached, or officiated, and the path that they have created for players like me, I'm completely honored and couldn't be more thankful."

DeJuliis was a member of the U.S. Women's National Team Program from 1994-2009, and served as captain of the 2009 United States team that captured the world championship.

"The 2009 experience was, by far, my greatest lacrosse moment," DeJuliis said. "Knowing how important it was to bring the Cup back to the U.S. and knowing how tight that team was and how hard we had to fight was an incredible experience. Day in and day out, it was about learning and getting better and being there for one another. When I look back on those days, I can't do anything else but smile."

DeJuliis spent eight years as an assistant coach at Princeton University before stepping down in 2012 to devote full-time energy to Ultimate Lacrosse, a company she founded that helps develop individual and team skills among female players. Princeton University's women's basketball coach Courtney Banghart served as her Hall of Fame presenter.

"It takes a very short time after you get to know DJ to know how much lacrosse is embedded in who she is," Banghart said. "As a player, a coach, and now as a club director, her life is lacrosse."

"Being inducted, especially as a goalie, is amazing, because it's true that we are the scapegoats," Sue Heether said.
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Heether, inducted as a truly great player, was an elite collegiate goalie at Loyola University Maryland before becoming one of the most decorated goalies in the history of the U.S. Women's National Team Program. Heether was a four-year starter in college for the Greyhounds who capped her career in 1990 as a first-team All-American and the national goalie of the year.

Heether explained that being a goalie was a natural fit for her.

"For anyone who knows me, I'm not fleet of foot," Heether said. "Catching and throwing came pretty naturally, but the running was just not in the books. The goalie had a very small area to stand in, and I'm very, very good at standing still."

Incredibly, Heether played only one season of high school lacrosse prior to arriving at Loyola. Her family moved to Chicago followed her first season at Baltimore's Notre Dame Prep, and she noted the absence of lacrosse in the Midwest in the 1980s left her with no playing options.

"They thought my goalie stick was a butterfly net," Heether joked.

After serving as an alternate on the 1989 U.S. World Cup Team, Heether became a fixture on Team USA, winning gold as a member of the team in 1993, 1997 and 2001. She finished her international playing career with 53 saves, second most by a U.S. player in World Cup competition. Heether added a fourth gold medal to her resume in 2009 as head coach of the victorious U.S. team.

"Being inducted, especially as a goalie, is amazing, because it's true that we are the scapegoats," Heether said. "It's nice to be a defender — because we are defenders — and be recognized because many times defenders think we get the short end of the stick."

Fellow Team USA goalie and Hall of Fame member Jess Wilk Strosberg served as Heether's presenter.

"Sue was the best goalkeeper of our generation, by far" Strosberg said. "She was fiery, she was competitive, she was a great communicator, she had really quick hands and she had great presence in the cage. She was in your face."

Stumpf, a four-year starter at the University of Maryland who served as team captain for the Terrapins' first national championship team in 1986, was also inducted as a truly great player. Stumpf was a two-time, first-team collegiate All-American and was named to the NCAA's All-Tournament Team three times. She was also recognized on the Atlantic Coast Conference's 50th Anniversary Team and the NCAA's 25th Anniversary Team.

"I feel lucky to have had all the experiences that I did, and now, so many years later, to get this on top of it is an amazing feeling," Stumpf said of her induction. "This recognition has also given me a chance to look back and see how much fun I had. I've got some great memories."

Stumpf spent seven years as a member of the U.S. Women's National Team Program, serving as an alternate to Team USA in 1986 before becoming a member of the 1989 World Cup team that won the world championship in Australia.

"Playing oversees, in an international arena, and we came out with a win. What more can you say? We were on top of the world," Stumpf recalled.

Sue Stahl, retired coach of the U.S. Women's National Team, served as her presenter.

"Tracy was an excellent defender," Stahl said. "One on one, in a limited space, no one could beat her. She was an excellent teammate in that she did her own job and anything else that needed to be done for the team. She made the defense work."

The National Lacrosse Hall of Fame, a program of US Lacrosse, was established in 1957 to honor men and women who by their deeds as players, coaches, officials and/or contributors, and by the example of their lives, personify the great contribution of lacrosse to our way of life. More than 380 lacrosse greats are honored in the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame, which is located with the Lacrosse Museum at US Lacrosse Headquarters in Baltimore.

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