Jen Adams inducted into US Lacrosse National Hall of Fame

Australia's own Jen Adams for STX Lacrosse
Australia's own Jen Adams for STX Lacrosse
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The Australian Lacrosse Association Ltd (ALA) is thrilled to announce the induction of one of Australia's top female lacrosse players into the US Lacrosse National Hall of Fame.

The induction ceremony took place on Saturday 22 October 2012 and is truly significant in that Jen Adams is the first Australian to be honoured in this way. 

Jen has been a remarkable lacrosse athlete from a very early age and has grown to be not only an outstanding lacrosse player but also a much respected lacrosse coach.

Even though Jen has established her career in lacrosse in the USA she has never lost touch with her Australian roots, having been an Australian player since 2001. Currently Jen is a member of the Australian squad which is preparing for final selection and competition in the FIL 2013 Women's World Cup, to be played in July 2013 in Oshawa, Canada.

In 2011, Jen was Assistant Coach for the Australian Women's Under 19 Team, with her sister Trish as Head Coach. The 2011 U19 Australian Team finished with a silver medal at the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) 2011 Women's Under19 World Championship.

Mike Slattery, ALA President, in a letter of congratulations to Jen said –

"I am sure that I speak for the whole of the Australian lacrosse fraternity in stating that Jen's contributions to the game of lacrosse are exceptional, and we believe that this honour bestowed upon you is absolutely fitting. It is a fantastic moment in your life and we are extremely proud of you with having achieved this accolade.

You are a remarkable role model for both girls and women and we can only hope that Australia will continue to provide future players and coaches to follow your footsteps in the future.

Throughout your career in both the USA and Australia you have displayed a mindset which is attuned to those around you, be they fellow players, coaches, officials or supporters. You have lead by example and you are now a well recognised member of the coaching fraternity in the USA while still maintaining your links with Australia in both coaching and as a player."

The National Lacrosse Hall of Fame, a program of US Lacrosse, was established in 1957 to honour men and women who by their deeds as players, coaches, officials and/or contributors, and by the example of their lives, personify the great contribution of lacrosse to our way of life. More than 370 lacrosse greats are honoured in the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame, which is located with the Lacrosse Museum at US Lacrosse Headquarters in Baltimore.

 

 

Jen Adams, who led the University of Maryland to four straight national championships from 1998-2001, was inducted as a truly great player. A native of Brighton, South Australia, her impact on the game was instant and impressive upon arriving in College Park. Adams became a three-time first team All-American and was a threetime national player of the year award winner during her career.

She was introduced by her former teammate and friend Cathy Reese. "She was that player that you just loved to watch," Reese said. "She made everything look so easy and she had so much fun doing what she did. She was somebody that you wanted to be around."

Adams concluded her college career as Maryland's all-time leader in goals, assists and points and became the first-ever winner of the Tewaaraton Award as a senior in 2001. She remained active as an international player over the past decade as a member of the Australian Women's National Team, and was named to the All-World Team in both 2005 and 2009.

Adding to the special flavour of the evening for Adams, her mother Janet provided a Hall of Fame-sized surprise by arriving from Australia just in time for the induction ceremony. Adams had no knowledge of her mother's last-minute decision to travel from Down Under and was caught completely by surprise when Janet greeted her in the lobby of the Grand Lodge.

She began her comments by telling the audience that they may notice her Australian accent fading out during her speech.

"When I get nervous, I start speaking American," Adams said. "And I'm very nervous right now, especially since my mom just flew in as a surprise."

The history of the Hall of Fame and the elite circle of great contributors that form its membership roll were not lost on Adams.

"Obviously, I know a lot of the names that have come through before me, and there's so much respect for those people as mentors of the game," said Adams, now the head coach at Loyola University Maryland. "Those people, in my eyes, are the lacrosse gurus. For me to be alongside them now is very, very humbling. Lacrosse, for me, has been and continues to be just the right fit."

Adams enjoyed a record-setting four-year playing career at the University of Maryland from 1998-2001, during which time she earned first-team All-America honours three times and won the Tewaaraton Award as a senior. Adams was named the national player of the year and the national attacker of the year by the IWLCA three times, winning each award in 1999, 2000 and 2001. She concluded her career as Maryland's all-time leader in goals, assists, and points, and helped lead the Terrapins to four straight NCAA national championships from 1998-2001.

A native of Australia, Adams also played for the Australian national team in 2001, 2005 and 2009 and earned All-World honours twice. She is currently serving in her fourth year as head women's lacrosse coach at Loyola University Maryland.

Jen Adams came over from Denver with Reese in the fall of 2006 and serves as the associate head coach. Adams served as the top assistant under Reese at Denver for three seasons. Adams is arguably the greatest collegiate women's lacrosse player in the sport's history. She is the all-time NCAA leader in assists and points with 178 and 445, respectively. She owns every Maryland scoring record as she is the single season and career leader in goals, assists, and points. Like Reese, she played on four national championship teams. She was a three-time national player of the year and was first-ever winner of the Tewaaraton Trophy, given annually to the nation's top player. As a senior, she was the national leader in both goals and assists.

Adams was one of five Maryland student-athletes named to the Division I Women's Lacrosse 25th Anniversary Team last April. Adams revitalized a Maryland offense in 2007, which scored the most goals in a season since 2001, the last time the Terps won the national championship. Maryland scored 287 times which ranked second in the ACC.

This is not the first coaching stint at Maryland for Adams either as she was an assistant coach under Timchal in 2002 and 2003, helping lead the Terps to the national quarterfinals in 2002 and the semi finals in 2003. After being hired, Adams said, "I couldn't be more excited to be given the opportunity to return to Maryland. It is an amazing opportunity to come back and work with the incredible student-athletes and staff, and to a place that I love and admire. I thank everyone at Maryland for this opportunity."

The National Lacrosse Hall of Fame, a program of US Lacrosse, was established in 1957 to honour men and women who by their deeds as players, coaches, officials and/or contributors, and by the example of their lives, personify the great contribution of lacrosse to our way of life. More than 370 lacrosse greats are honoured in the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame, which is located with the Lacrosse Museum at US Lacrosse Headquarters in Baltimore.

 

 

For further information, see http://www.laxmagazine.com/tube or http://www.laxmagazine.com/college_women/DI/2012-13/news/102112_adams_amonte_foote_timchal_form_elite_hall_of_fame_class

 

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