National Lacrosse Hall of Fame Welcomes the Class of 2013

"Going into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame hits you pretty hard," he said. "While I was playing, I never thought about it. But as you get a little older and have a chance to think about it, this is now a reminder to me as to why you make those sacrifices. This is the payoff."

Miller's friend and former colleague, G.W. Mix, served as his presenter.

Tracy Stumpf was a four-year starter at the University of Maryland who served as team captain for the Terrapins' first national championship team in 1986. 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.

Ryan Wade, from Severn, Md., was a three-time All-American at the University of North Carolina and the national midfielder of the year in 1993. Known for his incredible work ethic on and off the field, he helped lead the Tar Heels to the NCAA national championship in 1991 as well as four straight ACC championships during his career (1991-1994). He was selected as the ACC's player of the year following both his junior and senior seasons.

"Lacrosse has brought great value to my life," Wade said. "It taught me that you can do anything in this life as long as you put in the effort and are willing to work harder than everybody else. I'm not sure where I'd be today without lacrosse."

Wade was a member of three U.S. national teams, playing on the U-19 squad in 1992 and then winning two world championships as a member of Team USA in 1994 and 1998. He was selected to the All-World Team in 1998 and also tabbed as the tournament's most valuable player. The 1998 game, a 15-14 Team USA victory over Canada in overtime, is regarded by some as the best game ever played. Wade had the assist on the eventual game-winning goal in overtime.

"I can't explain how much it means to me to be inducted into the National Hall of Fame," Wade said. "I'm overwhelmed to be considered with all those who have come before me and come with me today."

Jason Zach Wade, Ryan's brother who also played at North Carolina, served as his presenter.

Watson, a Baltimore native, enjoyed a stellar collegiate career at the University of Virginia as well as in Major League Lacrosse and on the international level. He was a four-time All-American at Virginia, including first team honors as a junior and senior in 1996 and 1997, and was named the national attackman of the year in 1996. He also won the ACC's Rookie of the Year Award as a freshman in 1994 and the ACC's Player of the Year Award as a senior in 1997.

Watson teamed with Doug Knight and Tim Whitely to form one of the most formidable attack units in the collegiate game over the past two decades. Watson finished his career ranked second on Virginia's all-time scoring list with 141 goals.

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2013-10-28



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