(Richmond, VA - Sept. 21, 2016 ) The Richmond Chapter of US Lacrosse will be inducting two new members into the Richmond Chapter Lacrosse Hall of Fame on September 30th, 2016. The two members are Ms. Sallie Stillwell and Mr. Ray Rostan. Both Ms. Stillwell and Mr. Rostan were nominated by their peers for their contributions to the game.
The Richmond Chapter Hall of Fame names new inductees into the Chapter Hall of Fame on a bi-annual basis to provide means by which the Richmond Chapter can honor those affiliated with the chapter who have distinguished themselves through the sport of lacrosse.
A successful nominee will be presented as:
- A truly great player,
- A truly great coach,
- A truly great official, or
- A truly great contributor
- Players who attended school in the Richmond Chapter;
- Coaches who have coached at a school in the Richmond Chapter
- Officials who have been a member of a local board in the Richmond Chapter
- Contributors who have given considerable service to the area in the Richmond Chapter
- The area of the Richmond Chapter consists of Richmond, Fredericksburg, Farmville and the surrounding areas
Ms. Stillwell played goalkeeper at St. Catherine’s School in Richmond, Virginia and later went on to play for the University of Virginia where she was a three year starter. During her time at the University of Virginia she acted as a Team Captain and named an All-American while leading the Cavaliers to a #4 ranking in the National Polls. During her senior season at the University, Stillwell set the university record for saves in a game.
After concluding her playing career for the Cavaliers, Stillwell started her coaching career as an assistant coach with two New England area schools, Noble and Greenough and St. George’s School. Stillwell later returned to Richmond and took up coaching positions at her Alma Mater, St. Catherine’s, leading the Saints through many successful seasons and to LIS Championships. Stillwell also spent three years as an assistant coach at Johns Hopkins University.
The Richmond community has been blessed by Ms. Stillwell’s contributions over the years as a player, coach and mentor and look forward to her continued contributions in her community through the game of lacrosse.
Mr. Ray Rostan concluded his tenure in the 2015-2016 season at Hampden-Sydney College after 37 very successful collegiate coaching years. 32 of those years were spent guiding the Hampden-Sydney lacrosse team to becoming one of the most successful lacrosse programs nationally. Coach Rostan won his 300th career win on February 16, 2013. In the NCAA record books, among all active collegiate coaches within all three NCAA Divisions, he ranked 8th all-time in career wins upon retirement and fourth in Division III.
Rostan played for Cortland State University where helped deliver a 1973 National Championship and later played in the National Lacrosse League, winning championships with the Rochester Griffins and the Long Island Tomahawks. Rostan also coached the U.S. National Lacrosse team leading the team to a World Lacrosse Championship.
Mr. Rostan’s storied career includes the receipt of the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association's Frenchy Julien Service Award, the Francis “Babe” Kraus Memorial Award, National Coach of the Year and the Old Dominion Athletic Conference Coach of the Year. Rostan was a member of the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Committee representing Division I-II and III of NCAA Collegiate Lacrosse from 1998 through 2003. He also served as the Chair of the USILA Men’s North-South game for ten years. Coach Rostan served Hampden-Sydney as the advisor to the NCAA Student-Athlete Advisory Committee for ten years, from 2001 through 2011. He formerly served the USILA Committee for Coaching Ethics. In his 31 years of service to the College, Rostan has also served as the Head Coach of the Water Polo Team (Division III Final Eight in 1993), Soccer Assistant Coach, and acted as the Leggett Swimming Pool Manager.
The Chapter will be conducting a Induction Ceremony on September 30th at 7pm at Salisbury Country Club in Midlothian, Virginia. The Richmond area lacrosse community as well as friends, family and colleagues of the two inductees are invited to participate in the event and celebrate their contributions.
Information on the ceremony and special registration options can be found at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/richmond-chapter-of-us-lacrosse-hall-of-fame-2016-class-induction-ceremony-tickets-27542536468.