Rattray Joins National Lacrosse Hall of Fame
University Park, Pa., June 27, 2005 ¨C Former Penn State women¡¯s lacrosse and field hockey coach Gillian Rattray was inducted into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame, US Lacrosse recently announced. The class included 10 of the sports¡¯ most significant players, coaches, officials and contributors.
Rattray, who was inducted into the National Field Hockey Coaches¡¯ Association Hall of Fame in January, joins three of her former players in the Lacrosse Hall of Fame (Candy Finn, Barb Jordan and Betsy Williams). A two-sport coach, she led the Nittany Lion women¡¯s lacrosse team to the USWLA College Lacrosse Championship in May of 1980 and the AIAW National Field Hockey Championship in November of the same year.
Rattray¡¯s lacrosse squad also captured the 1978 and 1979 USWLA College Division championships, posting undefeated records in '78 and '79. During her 12 years with the Nittany Lions, her teams made six semifinal appearances and eight consecutive postseason appearances. She was a four-year coach at the National Tournament, and in 1977 she chaired a committee that worked to allow college players to play in the annual Memorial Day weekend event.
The honorees will be enshrined at the 2005 National Lacrosse Hall of Fame Induction Celebration on Saturday, Nov. 12, at the Grand Lodge in Hunt Valley, Md. Ticket information will be announced at a later date. Their plaques will be located in the Lacrosse Museum and National Hall of Fame at the US Lacrosse headquarters in Baltimore.
Candidates must have been out of college for 15 years and are nominated through a questionnaire. The top candidates are included on a national ballot sent to a random sampling of current Hall of Fame members, coaches, officials, members of the press, US Lacrosse Board of Directors and presidents of US Lacrosse regional chapters. The men's and women's nominating committees use the votes from that sampling to determine a final slate of nominees to submit to the Board of Directors. The Board approved the current class June 11.
For more information on the Penn State women¡¯s lacrosse team, please visit www.GoPSUsports.com.