HUNT VALLEY, Md. (Oct. 27, 2013) - 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.
Among those honored was Ryan Wade, a standout midfielder for the University of North Carolina men's lacrosse program from 1991-94.
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.'
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.
The National Lacrosse Hall of Fame, a program of US Lacrosse, was established in 1957 to honor 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 380 lacrosse greats are honored in the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame, which is located with the Lacrosse Museum at US Lacrosse Headquarters in Baltimore.
front (l-r): Sue Heether, Tracy Stumpf, Quinn Carney Burke, Michele DeJuliis
back (l-r): Michael Watson, Bill Miller, Ryan Wade, Jim Berkman