Sowell to be Enshrined in Potomac Lacrosse Hall of Fame
Jan. 22, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Second-year Navy men’s lacrosse head coach Rick Sowell is one of six individuals who will be inducted into the Potomac Chapter of the US Lacrosse Hall of Fame on Feb. 2. In addition to Sowell, this year’s hall of fame inductees include Jean Counts, Jon FitzGerald, Laurie Podmilsak, Malcolm Lester and Anna Yates McDermott.
The annual Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held at the University Club of Washington, D.C. from 5:00 - 10:30 pm. Additional information, including how to purchase tickets, can be found at www.uslacrossepotomac.org.
“I am thrilled to be inducted into the Potomac Chapter Hall of Fame,” said Sowell. “During my time living in the Washington DC area, I had the pleasure of being associated with two of the finest academic institutions in the country. Being surrounded by such great people at both St. Alban’s School for Boys and Georgetown University had such a profound and positive effect on my development as a young man and lacrosse coach. It is indeed quite an honor to be remembered as someone who contributed to the rise of lacrosse in the Washington DC Metro Area not just by helping teach this great game, but by giving back to the sport that has given so much to me.”
A 1986 graduate of Washington College, Sowell was a two-time All-American who was named the 1985 Division III National Midfielder of the Year. Behind his 45-goal, 14-assist performance his senior year, he garnered Div. III First-Team All-America honors and an invitation to participate in the annual North-South All-Star Game. He also served as team captain his senior season and earned the Dr. Charles B. Clark MVP Award. Along the way he helped lead Washington College to a pair of Div. III National Championship Game appearances.
Sowell went on to spend five years with the Baltimore Thunder of the Major Indoor Lacrosse League (MILL), where he was a three-time first-team all-pro selection.
Meanwhile, Sowell, who has been responsible for rebuilding programs at Dartmouth, St. John’s and Stony Brook, began his coaching career at his alma mater where he helped guide the Shoremen to the NCAA Div. III national title game in 1986 and the semifinal round in 1987.
In 1988, he became the head lacrosse coach at St. Albans School in Washington, D.C., where he also served as an assistant football coach. He moved on to Georgetown in 1990 where spent nine seasons as an assistant coach under Dave Urick. During his tenure, the Hoyas became a national contender in Div. I lacrosse, participating in the 1997 and 1998 NCAA Tournaments. In 1998, the Hoyas, who finished 10-5 overall, advanced to the quarterfinal round before falling to top-seeded Loyola, 12-11.
Sowell earned his first head coaching job at Dartmouth in 1999. He revived the Big Green by taking the program from last place in the Ivy League to first. In 2003, he directed Dartmouth to its first Ivy League title since 1965 and just the third Ivy League title in school history.
In 2005, Sowell was tapped to head the rebirth of the St. John’s lacrosse program that had been dormant since 1995. Two years later, he moved on to Stony Brook where he compiled a 47-26 (.644) record in five seasons and was named the America East Coach of the Year in each of his last two seasons as he guided the Seawolves to back-to-back America East regular-season titles (2010-11). While at Stony Brook, he was selected to serve as an assistant coach for the gold-medal winning Team USA at the 2010 World Games.
In his first season at the Naval Academy, Sowell directed the Midshipmen to a 6-6 record, including a 3-3 mark in Patriot League action which featured a 12-11 victory over 12th-ranked Colgate in Hamilton, N.Y. It marked Navy’s first .500-win season since 2009.
Navy capped off its season with an 8-2 rout over No. 6 Johns Hopkins in front of better than 11,000 fans at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. The six-goal victory by the Mids marked their largest margin of victory in the series since 1965 when Navy scored a 15-6 win over the Blue Jays on their home field. Meanwhile, the Class of 2012 became the first class since 1974 to graduate having twice beaten Hopkins.
### Go Navy ###