Ivy League Lacrosse
All-Americans. Hall of Famers. National Champions. Ivy League lacrosse has had loads of each of those. Within is an impressive timeline, beginning in 1956 and covering 50 years.
1956 With a 5-0 record Yale won the first Ivy League title.
1957 Laurie D. Cox and Charles E. Marsters of Harvard were elected to the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame. Cox played for Harvard from 1906-08 and later founded and coached The Syracuse University team. Marsters played varsity lacrosse from 1905-07 and later helped found the Brown, MIT, Tufts, and University of New Hampshire teams. *** Harvard began Ivy League play with a 1-4 record.
1958 Harvard withdrew financial support for its lacrosse team, but a student-organized team honors its 1959 schedule. Harvard reversed itself in 1961, elevating lacrosse to a major sport.
1960 Princeton won its fourth of seven straight Ivy League outright titles with Cookie Krongard leading the way. Cookie's brother Buzzy had guided the Tigers to the 1957 and 1958 titles. Both brothers are members of the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame.
1961 Princeton's Conrad Sutherland was inducted into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame. He played for Princeton from 1922-24, then played for seven years after graduation. He became a longtime lacrosse referee and contributed to lacrosse guides.
1962 Harland W. Meistrell, who reorganized Princeton's (1921) and Rutgers' (1920) lacrosse teams, was inducted in the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame.
1963 Cornell attackman Bruce Cohen, a three-time All-American and Ivy scoring leader, began his career. In 1974 he helped the U.S. team defend its World Championship in Melbourne, Australia. Cohen was inducted into Cornell's Athletic Hall of Fame in 1982 and the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1989. ??? Brown men's lacrosse resumed play after a 26-year hiatus, compiling an 11-3-0 record. The team would begin Ivy play the following season. *** Fred C. Alexander, who played on two Harvard Intercollegiate championship teams and captained the 1910 team, was elected to the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame.
1964 Thomas Walter Collins of Yale and Miller Moore of Penn were elected to the Lacrosse Hall of Fame. Collins was an All-American and played at Yale from 1921-23, Moore a Penn All-American in 1928 who later became a national lacrosse official.
1966 Ned Harkness became Cornell men's head coach. In three seasons he would go 35-1, achieving the highest winning percentage of any Cornell coach (.972). Harkness would be elected to the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2001. *** Malcolm A. MacIntyre and Avery H. Gould were elected to the Lacrosse Hall of Fame. MacIntyre was an All-American who played at Yale from 1926-29 and who later lettered at Oxford, Gould a two-time All-American at Dartmouth in 1929-30. *** Butch Hilliard became Cornell men's goal. From 1966-68 he would claim first-team All-America honors twice, and would become a National Lacrosse Hall of Famer in 1989.
1968 Winthrop "Pinky" Smith, a star center for Yale team who was selected All-American in 1930 and 1931, was elected to the Lacrosse Hall of Fame.
1971 The Cornell men's team won the first-ever NCAA championship. The Big Red would repeat in 1976-77.
1972 The Cornell women's team began varsity play, losing 7-4 to Ithaca College. The team would finish the season 3-2. *** The Princeton women's team was organized. They would begin recorded intercollegiate play in 1973, losing their first game 21-2 to West Chester.
1973 Cornell's Bruce Arena won the team MVP award and earns second-team All-American honors. Arena would go on to win five NCAA soccer titles as coach of the University of Virginia. Currently serving as the coach of the MLS New York Red Bull, he has also served as both the Olympic and World Cup coach for the U.S. *** The Dartmouth women's team began play. Nearly half of the 13-member team has never played before. *** Princeton's Tyler Campbell and Yale's Harry G. Beggs were elected to the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame. Beggs was an All-American for three years, Campbell an All-American goalie for Princeton who joined the Army in 1942 and died in World War II.
1974 Brown's women's lacrosse team began varsity play. The first Brown women's intercollegiate game took place in 1934, however, when Bessie Rudd acquired 24 lacrosse sticks, making arrangements to pay for them in two installments. The team played Wheaton College on May 14, 1934, losing 11-0. *** Eamon McEneaney began his Cornell lacrosse career. A three-time first-team All-American, McEneaney played on two national championship squads in 1976 and 1977. He won the 1975 Turnbull Award as Division I attackman of the year and was the 1977 Division I Player of the Year, as well as 1975 and 1977 Ivy Player of the Year. Later elected to the Lacrosse Hall of Fame, McEneaney was killed in the September 11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center. *** Penn's women's lacrosse team began recorded play with a 3-3-1 record, led by future Olympic medal winner Julie Staver. The team's origins date back to at least the first recorded letter winners in 1947. *** Charles G. McAnally, who was a first team All-American attackman for Penn in the early 1920s and who later helped coach the Quakers' freshman team, was elected to the Lacrosse Hall of Fame
1975 The Yale women's team was organized as a club team. In 1976 the team went 6-0 in its first varsity season and by 1979 reached the national final four. *** The Harvard women's team was organized. The Crimson would begin varsity play in 1976.
1976 The Cornell Big Red had a season to remember 25 years ago. Led by first-team All-Americans, seniors Mike French and Bill Marino and juniors Eamon McEneaney and goalie Dan Mackesey, the Big Red finished the year with a perfect 16-0 record, winning the NCAA championship for only the second time in school history. The Red would go on to repeat as champions in 1977. In all, six players from the 1976 squad have been inducted into the Lacrosse Hall of Fame -- French, Marino, McEneaney, Mackesey, Robert Henrickson and Christopher Kane.
1977 George M. Chandlee Jr., who played for Yale from 1934-36, was elected to the Lacrosse Hall of Fame
1980 The Harvard men's team made its first NCAA tournament appearance, losing 16-12 to Johns Hopkins. *** With identical 4-0-2 records, Yale and Penn shared the first Ivy League women's championship.
1981 Harvard's Sarah Sewall began her college career. She would carry her game to Oxford, earning a blue in lacrosse as a Rhodes Scholar. Sewall is currently Director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. *** Princeton's Donald T. Hahn was elected to the Lacrosse Hall of Fame. Hahn, a three-time All-American with the Tigers from 1949-51, co-captained their 1951 national championship team.
1982 Frederick A. Allner and Ralph N. Willis of Princeton were elected to the Lacrosse Hall of Fame. Allner played at Princeton in 1943, then played for Cornell in 1944 after joining the Navy, and was an All-American both years. Returning to Princeton in 1947 he resumed his All-American play, named to the first team in 1947-48. Willis, a three-time All-American, played on two national championship teams while at Princeton from 1950 to 1953.
1983 Alison Barlow began play for Dartmouth. All-Ivy in lacrosse in 1983, 1985, and 1986, Barlow was also Ivy Player of the Year in 1986 and first-team All-American in 1985. Currently Barlow is assistant director of the Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health.
1984 Leonard T. Gaines, a three-time All-American at Princeton from 1946-48, was elected to the Lacrosse Hall of Fame.
1986 Dartmouth's Joseph R. Wilder, a two-time All-American from 1940-42, was elected to the Lacrosse Hall of Fame.
1987 Princeton's Henry E. Fish and Yale's Robert G. Merrick Jr, , were elected to the Lacrosse Hall of Fame. Fish was a three-time All-American at Princeton from 1946-48, Merrick a three-time All-New England honors winner at Yale from 1950-54.
1988 Molly Marcoux began playing for Princeton. Though better known for ice hockey (where she was twice Ivy Player of the Year) Marcoux lettered four times in lacrosse on the way to lettering 12 times (she also lettered in soccer). Marcoux is currently a vice-president for the Chelsea Piers entertainment complex in Manhattan. *** Dartmouth women won its first and only ECAC championship. *** Elizabeth F. Williams, who coached 25 undefeated teams in lacrosse, field hockey, basketball and softball at Penn, was inducted into the Lacrosse Hall of Fame.
1989 Catherine Sharkey became goal for Yale. Sharkey would win All-Ivy honors three times and be named academic All-Ivy before becoming a finalist for NCAA Student-Athlete of the Year in 1992. She would go on to earn a Rhodes Scholarship and Yale law degree before becoming a Columbia law professor.
1990 Harvard women's lacrosse defeated Maryland 8-7 to win its first NCAA title.
1992 The Princeton men won the school's first-ever NCAA title under Hall of Fame coach Bill Tierney (inducted in 2002). Princeton would win additional titles in 1994, 1996-98, and 2001.
1993 Princeton graduate David Morrow established his company Warrior Lacrosse, soon to be the leader in its field.
1994 Princeton women won their first NCAA title, beating Maryland 10-7. Princeton would repeat in 2002-03.
1995 Jesse Hubbard joined Princeton's men's team. He would lead it to three national titles, with the Tigers going 43-2 in his final three seasons. After graduation he became a Major League Lacrosse player, and is currently its second all-time leading goal scorer.
1996 Ann Rodriguez began play for Princeton. The four-year letterwinner helped Princeton to a Final Four appearance in 1996 and two Ivy titles. After earning an MBA from Stanford Rodriguez is Director of Business Development for Earthquake Soccer, LLC, involved in bringing Major League Soccer back to the San Francisco Bay Area.
1997 The Columbia women's team began varsity play, finishing the season with a 3-12 record, They would begin Ivy play in 1998.
1998 Coach Bill Tierney's Princeton Tigers completed a three-peat by crushing Maryland, 15-5, in the national title game.
2000 Brown's Siri Lindley, who played lacrosse from 1988-91, competed in the 2000 Summer Olympics in the triathlon.
2002 Cornell's Jaimee Reynolds led her team to its first-ever Final Four appearance. Reynolds, a four-time All-Ivy and All-American pick who was Cornell's only Ivy Player of the Year in 2002, is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from the University of Rochester. *** Zack Colburn of Penn was inducted into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame. He helped the Quakers to Ivy championships in 1983-84, and earned second-team All-America and first team All-Ivy honors in 1984.
2006 Dartmouth's Sandy Bryan Weatherall and Jo Ann "Josie" Harper were inducted into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame. Weatherall played on three U.S. World Cup teams, winning championships in 1982 and 1989. A three-time All-Ivy League selection who earned first-team All-America honors in 1982 and 1983, she once scored 12 points in a game, a record that still stands. Harper coached the Dartmouth women's lacrosse from 1981 to 1992, winning two Ivy championships, and was the head coach of the 1986 U.S. World Cup team.
— Stephen Eschenbach