UMass notebook: Lisa Griswold Lindley elected to National Lacrosse Hall of Fame

  • Former UMass women’s lacrosse All-American Lisa Griswold Lindley is one of eight inductees in the Class of 2020 for the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame. COURTESY UMASS ATHLETICS

Published: 6/2/2020 1:16:02 PM

Former UMass women’s lacrosse All-American Lisa Griswold Lindley is one of eight inductees in the Class of 2020 for the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame.

“It’s a little bit overwhelming,” Griswold Lindley told Newsday. “Very humbled, obviously. You never expect anything like this.”

Joining Griswold Lindley in the Class of 2020 are: Rob Bordley, Roy Condon, John Desko, Ericka Leslie, Laura Harmon Schuman, Joe Seivold, and Amy Appelt Slade. The ceremony will be held Oct. 17 at The Grand Lodge in Hunt Valley, Maryland.

Griswold Lindley is the fifth former UMass player to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, joining Brooks Sweet (2017), Margie Anderson (2016), Mark Millon (2009) and Sal LoCascio (2004).

Griswold Lindley was an accomplished two-sport athlete and a two-time All-American in both lacrosse (1986, 1987) and field hockey (1985, 1986) at UMass.

In lacrosse, her teams went 15-9 and were the ECAC runners-up in 1987. Griswold Lindley recorded 49 career points with 36 goals and 13 assists.

In field hockey, her teams went 29-9-3 in her two seasons, making appearances at the NCAA Championships both years. She ranks No. 9 all-time for points in a season with 44 in 1986. She was a 1986-87 Honda Award nominee in field hockey.

Following her collegiate career, Griswold Lindley was a graduate assistant at UMass (1988-89) before working as an assistant coach at Yale (1992-93). She was also a member of the U.S. Lacrosse Team from 1987 to 1992 and, in 1989, she led the squad to a gold medal at the World Championship.

The Centerport, New York, native has served as the head coach at Darien (Conn.) High School since 1994, posting a 448-84 record and a winning percentage of 84.2%. Griswold Lindley has led Darien to 17 state championships and 18 FCIAC championships in her 26 seasons, and she has been named Connecticut’s coach of the year seven times. Under her watch, the program has produced almost 80 US Lacrosse All-America players and over 100 all-state players.

The program compiled a 107-game winning streak against in-state opponents from 2012 to 2018.

Griswold Lindley has been previously inducted into the US Lacrosse Connecticut Chapter Hall of Fame (2014) and the University of Massachusetts Hall of Fame (2016).

The National Lacrosse Hall of Fame, a program of US Lacrosse, was established in 1957 to honor men and women who 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.

A ballot committee develops the list of annual nominees, while a 21-member voting committee finalizes the selections.

The voting group is comprised of current Hall of Fame members, current or former U.S. National Team players and coaches, elite level high school or college coaches, elite members of the officiating community, and individuals that have contributed to the growth of the sport on a national or international level.

Over 400 lacrosse greats are honored in the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame, which is located alongside the National Lacrosse Museum at the US Lacrosse Headquarters in Sparks, Maryland.

FOOTBALL ADDITIONS — Football head coach Walt Bell signed three-star athlete Zamar Wise to a National Letter of Intent last week.

The Newark, New Jersey, native is the 25th member of the 2020 signing class. Wise, ranked a three-star by 247Sports and ESPN, competed at Milford Academy in Milford, New York, during 2019 after he previously attended Barringer High School near his hometown.

ESPN listed Wise as the No. 17 recruit in New Jersey, No. 22 recruit by position, and No. 79 within the East region. 247Sports tabbed Wise No. 34 in New Jersey with a rating of .8534.

Wise made an impact at running back, wide receiver and quarterback for Milford Academy during a post-graduate year in 2019. He averaged 5.1 yards on the ground with 31 carries covering 158 yards and one touchdown. He posted 14 receptions for 404 yards – an average of 28.9 yards per catch – and scored five touchdowns through the air as well. Wise also completed six passes for 106 yards (17.7 per attempt) with one touchdown thrown.

Meanwhile, Williston Northampton wide receiver/tight end Eni Falayi announced on Twitter Sunday that he committed to UMass.

“First, I would like to thank my mother and father for believing in me and making sacrifices in order for me to be in the position I am in today. I also want to thank the lynn fitness center for getting me right and always taking care of me to prepare for each fall. Next, I would like to thank Coach (Tom) Beaton and Coach (Matt) Porter for helping me reach my goal of playing at a high level division 1 football program. And with that being said, I am excited to announce that I will (be) furthering my academic and athletic career at The University of Massachusetts #Flagship”

Falayi (6-foot-5, 220 pounds) is listed as a three-star recruit by 247Sports. The Peabody native is ranked 19th in the state.

TENNIS ADDITIONS — Women’s tennis head coach Juancarlos Nunez announced the signing of Dylan Cannon and Mariya Krasakova on Friday. Krasakova, a native of Novosibirsk, Russia, joins UMass as a freshman while Cannon, who hails from Raleigh, North Carolina, transfers in following two seasons at N.C. State.

“We are excited to add two high character individuals to our team for next year in Dylan and Mariya,” Nunez said in a statement. “They are competitive, passionate and hungry to be a part of helping us achieve great things at UMass. They have great work ethics and deep desire to continue to improve and take their tennis to the highest level possible. Above all, they are great people with strong values.”

Cannon posted an 11-4 record during the COVID-19 shortened 2019-20 season and went undefeated in singles at the Orlando Invitational this past season, defeating opponents from Rice and Kansas.

She reached the doubles finals of the 2019 ITA Summer Circuit Tournament at Elon University, as well as the singles semifinals of the B Flight at the 2019 ITA North Carolina Regional Championships. Cannon was also the champion of the B Flight Singles at the 2018 ITA North Carolina Regional Championships and advanced to the singles finals of the 2018 ITA Summer Circuit Tournament at NC State.

Krasakova has been ranked as high as No. 1,088 in the WTA Rankings and No. 627 in the ITF Pro Tour Women’s Rankings. She reached the doubles semifinals of the Tampere 15K ITF Pro Tournament as well as the singles quarterfinals of the Hua Hin 15K ITF Pro Tournament.

Krasakova ranked as high as No. 311 in the ITF World Junior Rankings. Additionally, she was the doubles champion of ITF Junior Tournaments in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan and Shymkent, Kazakhstan, and advanced to the singles and doubles finals at the Abu Dhabi ITF Junior Championships.

Cannon and Krasakova join an incoming class that includes Danielle Hack and Helena Narmont.

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