NJCAA Men's Lacrosse Announces 2013 Hall of Fame Class
April 15, 2013
The NJCAA Men's Lacrosse Coaches Association is pleased to announce its 2013 class for its Hall of Fame. The selections below were made by the NJCAA Men's Lacrosse Coaches Association hall of fame selection committee made up of current inductees, past coaches association presidents and administrators.
Hardy might have been small in size (5-6, 135) when he played at Nassau Community College (N.Y.) in 1969 and 1970 but he was huge on the lacrosse field. During his two years at Nassau, playing attack on a team filled with future All-Americans, Hardy twice was the team’s leading scorer and was a major force in guiding the Lions to a 31-1 record, 28 straight victories, an “unofficial” national championship in ‘69 and the first official NJCAA championship in ’70.
Over a two-year period, he scored 174 points, including 57 goals and 117 assists. His single game record of 10 assists has remained unbroken for 42 years. Hardy was a two-time All-Region selection and would have surely been a two-time junior college All-American but there were no All-American honors during that era.
Not much changed when Hardy went to the University of Massachusetts. Again, he twice led the team in scoring; producing 10 goals and 51 assists as a junior followed by 27 goals and 60 assists as a senior. He was a two-time All-American and his single season assist mark (60) in 1972 has stood for 40 years.
During Hardy’s stay at UMass, the Minutemen were 22-6 and in his senior year they were rated 5th in the USILA rankings, the highest ranking the school had achieved to that point. Thus, over a four-year collegiate career during which Hardy was the leading scorer all four years, his teams combined for an overall record of 53-7.
Hardy was the founder of the lacrosse team at Reading (Mass.) High School and three years ago was named the state’s high school Coach of the Year.
Charlie Hardy was one of the true pioneers in building a Nassau program that dominated junior college lacrosse for most of the next four decades.
What makes Terry Wallace unique in the annals of junior college lacrosse is where he came from immediately before enrolling at Nassau.
While other players graduated from high school and went to college, Wallace was a Marine assigned to a special unit that operated behind enemy lines. By the end of his three years in Vietnam, Wallace had earned three Purple Hearts (one for being shot in the leg), and the Cross of Gallantry. Thus, he came straight from the rice paddies of Vietnam to try out for the lacrosse team.
Despite the damage to his leg, he became one of, if not the finest, crease attackmen in the history of junior college lacrosse. Playing on two powerful teams that produced nine future four-year college All-Americans, Wallace was twice the top goal scorer. He scored 60 goals as a freshman and 57 more as a sophomore for a total of 117. His nine goals against Corning in 1970 remains Nassau’s single-game record.
During his two years, Nassau had a 31-1 record, won 28 straight games, won the “unofficial” national title in ’69 and the first official NJCAA championship in ’70. Although there were no JC All-American teams in that era, Wallace was twice named to the All-Region team.
After leaving Nassau, Wallace had a stellar career at Adelphi where he was twice selected to the All-American team and led the Panthers into the playoffs both years.
Played at Nassau in '71 & '72 and was an outstanding defenseman. He later transferred to the University of Maryland where he was named an All-American in '74. He recently was inducted into LIMETRO Hall of Fame.
An outstanding attacker for Nassau in '72 and '73, he led NCC in scoring both years while leading NCC to two national championships. He later transferred to UMass where he earned All-American honors and then to Adelphi where he also was an All-American. He is currently one of the finest lacrosse officials in Suffolk County, N.Y.
Played at Nassau in '72 and '73 where he was an outstanding defenseman on two national championship teams. He then transferred to North Carolina and was an All-American in ''75. He served as assistant coach at UNC in the 80's and became head coach from 1991 thru 2000. In 1991 he led the Tar Heels to a 16-0 record and the NCAA Championship.
Mickey 'Fred' Menna
Menna was a member of the '74 and '75 Nassau national championship teams. He was an outstanding attacker and finished his collegiate career at UMass where he earned All-American honors. He would later coach lacrosse at Suffolk CC.
As a dominating attack man, Cook led Nassau to the NJCAA Championship in 1982. He then earned NCAA All-American honors at Cornell in '83 and '84 and was a member of Team USA in 1990 and 1994. He was elected to LIMETRO Hall of Fame in 1998 and the US Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2000.
A two-time NJCAA All-American defenseman at Suffolk Community College in '78 and '79, Rotantz led Suffolk to the 1979 NJCAA title. He then transferred to Adelphi where he was a two-time All-American and won another national championship in 1981. He has already been inducted into the LIMETRO and Suffolk CC Halls of Fame.