L to R: Anne Freund, John Titus, Janet Grubbs, Wardy Thompson, Julie Dayton, Tim O’Shea.
Julie Dayton played women’s lacrosse at Longwood from 1978-81 and was a two-time women’s lacrosse All-America selection (1980-81), scoring 93 career goals. She was a 10-year member of the United States Women’s Lacrosse National Team (1982-91), playing in the 1986 World Cup. Dayton is currently the Director of Athletics at St. Catherine’s School in Richmond.
Anne Freund began officiating in 1964, moving to Richmond in 1971 where she has been an integral part of developing the umpiring community in the area. A former National Umpire, Freund served on the National Umpiring Committee in the early 1970s. She currently serves as secretary/treasurer of Central Virginia Women's Lacrosse Association and umpires regularly throughout the season at all scholastic levels, including the finals of the state private school tournament.
Janet Grubbs Green, a member of the USA National Team from 1979-1981, served as the head coach at both the University of Richmond and Longwood University. A graduate of Ursinus College, Grubbs took the Longwood Lancers to the NCAA national finals in 2003 and has coached numerous All-Americans and a member of the USA National Squad. She is one of only 24 mentors to have coached in over 300 games.
Tim O’Shea played lacrosse all four years at the University of Virginia, graduating in 1981. While a member of the Cavalier attack, O’Shea participated in three NCAA semifinals and one NCAA final. Following graduate school at UVa, O’Shea was one of the co-founders of Geronimo Lacrosse, the first youth program in the Richmond area. Beginning in the spring of 1995 with about 45 players, the program quickly grew into a model youth sports program, now with about 1,000 players each spring.
Wardlaw Thompson after serving as a Marine during World War II, Thompson helped start post-war lacrosse at the University of Virginia. The Captain for both the 1947 and 1948 teams, Thompson was instrumental in helping the team gain varsity status for the first time in 1948. He went on to coach at St. Christopher’s and umpire high school in the 1970’s.
John Titus started officiating lacrosse in 1972 and has served at both the high school and collegiate levels. Currently an observer for USILA, he helped form James River High School Boys lacrosse club, which earned varsity status in 2007 as the first VHSL recognized high school team in the Central Region. Titus has served as officer of US Lacrosse Richmond Chapter, the Central Virginia Lacrosse Officials Association, the National Federation of State High School Associations Boys Lacrosse Rules Committee, and as a VHSL Boys Lacrosse Rules Interpreter and Clinician.