National Lacrosse Hall of Fame Welcomes the Class of 2013

"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."

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.

Sue Heether 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."

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.

Bill Miller is recognized as one of the top players in the history of NCAA Division III, having twice been selected as the USILA's Division III national player of the year during his career at Hobart (N.Y.) College. Miller led Hobart to four straight national championships from 1988-1991, while earning All-America honors each season, including first team recognition in 1989, 1990 and 1991. He finished his career as Hobart's all-time leader in goals scored, with 173, and second in assists, 145, and points, 318.

"It was an incredible opportunity to play at Hobart, in that system and for those coaches, while being mentored by so many All-Americans," Miller said. "Back then, we played more than half of our schedule against Division I teams, and we were battling against Syracuse and Cornell and Penn State."

Following college, Miller played professionally in the indoor NLL for the Philadelphia Wings from 1991 to 1998, and was MVP of the NLL's championship game in 1998. He was also a two-time member of the U.S. Men's National Team, helping Team USA to world championships in both 1994 and 1998.

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2013-10-28



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