National Lacrosse Hall of Fame Welcomes the Class of 2013

HUNT VALLEY, Md. The National Lacrosse Hall of Fame formally welcomed eight new members Saturday evening at the Grand Lodge in Hunt Valley, Md. during the 2013 induction ceremony, sponsored by RPS-Bollinger Insurance and the Markel Insurance Company.

Inductees Jim Berkman, Quinn Carney Burke, Michele DeJuliis, Sue Heether, Bill Miller, Tracy Stumpf, Ryan Wade and Michael Watson were each introduced by a short video that summarized 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.

Berkman was inducted as 'a truly great coach' while the other seven members of the class were each inducted as 'truly great players.'

Originally from Watertown, N.Y., Jim Berkman has re-written the NCAA coaching record book during his 25 seasons at Salisbury (Md.) University. He has led the Sea Gulls to 10 NCAA Division III national championships and four national runner-up finishes while producing 178 All-American players. Including one season at SUNY Potsdam, Berkman has a career coaching record of 428-48 through the 2013 season, with a winning percentage of 90.1 percent the highest of any men's college coach in history.

Berkman has bypassed a number of NCAA Division I coaching opportunities through the years to remain at the Division III level. One of the reasons, he said, is that the demands of coaching are uniformly high, regardless of the competitive level.

"I've loved what I've had for the past 25 years at Salisbury," said Berkman, who has the most coaching victories in men's collegiate history. "The way the sport has evolved, the commitment is the same in a lot of ways when you start talking about what it takes to be successful. It's a pretty strenuous commitment in this day and age."

Berkman's son, Kylor, an All-American midfielder who played on two of his father's national championship teams, served as his presenter.

Quinn Carney Burke helped lead the University of Maryland to four straight national championships from 1998-2001. 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."

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."

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

Michele DeJuliis was a four-time All-American at Penn State University, earning 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.

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