September 25, 2012

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Hall of Famer Mickey Webster Passes Away

National Lacrosse Hall of Fame member Mickey Webster was a three-time All-American at Johns Hopkins and set a school single season record of 52 assists in 1959 that still stands today.

James (Mickey) Webster, one of all-time great players in lacrosse and a longtime contributor to the sport, passed away on Friday.

“In addition to being one of the sport’s greatest players, I view Mickey as a visionary whose generosity and leadership of the former Lacrosse Foundation helped form the base on which US Lacrosse was built,” said Steve Stenersen, president and CEO of US Lacrosse. “Mickey was one of the strongest and most generous advocates the organization has ever known.”

Webster, elected into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1977, was a three-time first-team All-American on attack at Johns Hopkins University from 1957 to 1959. He helped the Blue Jays win United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) national championships in 1957 and 1959. The Blue Jays combined record during his three varsity seasons was 24-3-1.

An outstanding feeder, Webster had 52 assists in 1959, a Hopkins single season record that still stands today. He finished his career with 105 career assists, a record at the time that now ranks fourth in Hopkins history.

Following his collegiate career, Webster continued to play eight years with the Baltimore Lacrosse Club and the University Club. He was a four-time all-club selection in the United States Club Lacrosse Association.

Webster was a longtime volunteer with the Lacrosse Foundation, one of the organizations that merged to form US Lacrosse. He served on the board of directors from 1983 to 1985, serving as first vice president in 1984 and 1985. He co-chaired the capital campaign that led to the organization’s first independent headquarters and served on the committee that helped raise additional funding that led to a 1997 expansion of the building where US Lacrosse is currently headquartered.

Following the formation of US Lacrosse in 1998, Webster was an inaugural board member of the US Lacrosse Foundation from 1998 to 2002, helping to lead continued evolution of the fundraising activities to support US Lacrosse operations.

A memorial mass will be held on Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen on Charles Street in Baltimore. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Calvert School, 105 Tuscany Rd., Baltimore, MD, 21210, Cristo Rey Jesuit High School, 420 S. Chester St., Baltimore, MD, 21231-2729, or to US Lacrosse, 113 W. University Parkway, Baltimore, MD 21210


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