2014 Colorado Lacrosse Celebration and Hall of Fame

Congrats to 2014 Colorado Lacrosse Hall of Fame Inductees Devon Wills and Mike Sheehan!

Please join CLF and the Colorado lacrosse community to celebrate these two talented inductees at this years Hall of Fame Dinner on November 8, 2014.  The celebration will be held at Heritage Eagle Bend Golf Club.

Individual Tickets: $75   Register for Individual Tickets

Full Table (8 seats): $550   Register for a Full Table

Half Table (4 seats): $300   Register for a Half Table

 

Cocktail Reception 6pm

Hall of Fame Dinner  7:15pm

Heritage Eagle Bend Golf Club  -  23155 E Heritage Pkwy, Aurora, CO 80016

Mike Sheehan- Class of 2014

 

As one of the forces behind the formation of what is now known as the Colorado Lacrosse Foundation, it is only fitting that Mike Sheehan is this year being inducted into our Hall of Fame. 

Mike was a gifted player known for his offensive and defensive prowess. He began his forty-plus year involvement in the game at Grayland and went on to Kent Denver where he played in three State Championship games and was a member of two Championship teams.  He was Colorado’s first two-time All American and selected to three All-State teams.  His collegiate career at Bowdoin saw two New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) championships and All-NECAC recognition his senior year.  During college and after, Mike was a member of Team Colorado for nine years with numerous All Tournament selections.

Mike began his coaching career at Kent Denver in 1984.  As Head Coach, his team won the State Championship his first year and he was selected as “Coach of the Year” in 1985.  He then served as the Offensive Coordinator at Kent from 2000 until 2014.   His tenure at Kent Denver produced many State Championships.  As both a player and coach, Mike participated in 18 Final Fours, 12 State Championship games while winning seven titles.

Mike was a co-founder of the Rocky Mountain Lacrosse Foundation and served as President from 1990 to 1994.  He was instrumental in bringing Team USA to Colorado in advance of the 1990 and 1994 World Championships and insured their games were broadcast on television, a first for Colorado lacrosse.  In 1994 he began his junior coaching career by organizing some of the first local teams to play in the National Junior Lacrosse League, a predecessor to the CYLA.  That same year, Mike organized the Foundation’s Hall of Fame and presented its first class; Pam Bent, Bob Mauney, Bill Cooper and Hank Toll.

In his letter nominating Mike for the Hall of Fame, Class of 2012 member Tom Graesser stated “In a great four part harmony or chorus, the bass or the bass section is the foundation upon which all great harmony is built.  Mike, behind the scenes as an administrator, and many years as an assistant coach, was a fundamental building block in what we now see as an area of the country with the greatest growth in the sport of lacrosse”.

As many who supported Mike’s nomination wrote, nobody respects and understands the soul of the game more than Mike. 

Devon Wills- Class of 2014

As one of the most recognized lacrosse players from Colorado, Devon Wills has made an impact as a coach and player in high school, college and as a professional.

As a player, she excelled at Colorado Academy and was named to the All-State team by the Denver Post/Rocky Mountain News and received All-American honors in 2001 and 2002.  As one of the most heavily recruited lacrosse players from Colorado, she landed at Dartmouth College.  Her collegiate career was remarkable:  Ivy League Rookie of the year, four-time All-Ivy League selection, three-time Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association All-American, three NCAA tournaments with a Finals appearance in 2006 when she was Captain of the Big Green.  She finished her collegiate career with 538 saves, second all-time at Dartmouth and a 7.13 Goals Against Average.

While at Dartmouth, Devon was chosen for the US Developmental team from 2003 to 2006.  She was a member of the 2009 and 2013 Team USA Federation of International Lacrosse World Cup championship teams and honored as “Player of the Match” in the 2009 Championship game against Australia.  In the 2013 World Cup, she was chosen for the FIL World Cup “All-World” team after starting in all seven games, making 16 saves while posting a 5.58 goals against average.

Devon’s coaching career began at her alma mater where she was Defensive and Recruiting coordinator in 2007 and 2008.  She joined the University of Denver Coaching staff in 2008.  In 2010, she helped coach Liza Kelly’s squad to a 13-5 record, a 6-0 record in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation and a No. 20 national ranking.  In 2011, Devon left Denver to help start the University of Southern California’s Division 1 Women’s Lacrosse program serving as Defensive Coordinator.  In 2013, Wills made history as the first woman ever to be chosen by a Major League Lacrosse team, the New York Lizards.  All of this while competing for Team USA.

This is how Devon’s Team USA teammates describe her:  “Unparalleled athleticism, irrespective of position…incredibly determined to get better every day…incredible work ethic…instills confidence in defenders…very strong voice in cage…like another defender when double-teaming… makes a big effort to get to know teammates, whether new or old.”

Congratulations to the 2013 Colorado Lacrosse Hall of Fame Inductees!

 

Cayel Dwyer, Terry Leyden, & Caroline Cryer, the 2013 Colorado Lacrosse Hall of Fame Inductees.

Pictures of Past Hall of Fame Dinners

Colorado Lacrosse Hall of Fame Members


Class of 1994

Pam Bent
George Brown
Bill Cooper
Bob Mauney
Hank Toll

Class of 1995            

Bruce Allison
Chard P. Smith
Doc Stabler

Class of 1996

Jim Soran

Class of 2003

Christian Cook
Cheryl Plummer
Robert "Bobby" Romero

Class of 2004

Bob Hiester

Class of 2005

Mike Knezevich

Class of 2006

Mike Held
Mike Law
Philip "Flip" Naumburg
Susan "Stuey" Stuart

Class of 2007

Nancy Baruch
Ted Baruch
Mark Foster
Molly Renes

Class of 2008

Abby Burbank
Kate Dresher
Casey Jackson
Greg Sarkisian

Class of 2010

Mike Fisher
Rich Morgan
Robin Patterson

Class of 2011

Jon Barocas
Lloyd Cisneros
Rhonda Cisneros
Jamie Duke
Michelle Giarratano Secor
Jeff Secor

Class of 2012

Christopher Clark
Dave Devine
Tom Graesser

Class of 2013

Caroline Cryer
Cayel Dwyer
Terry Leyden