Navy Great George Tracy to be Inducted into National Lacrosse Hall of Fame


June 2, 2008



Navy attack men  Sonny Glassner, Dud Hendrick, Bill Oatway,and George Tracy (Ted Wilandt missing)




ANNAPOLIS, Md. -  George Tracy, one of just 33 three-time All-Americans in

 Navy lacrosse history, has been selected for induction into the National

 Lacrosse Hall of Fame.  Tracy will join Roberta Brennan (Boston Women's

 Lacrosse Association/U.S. National Team), Lynn Craun (James Madison '75),

 Pat Dillon (Towson '72), Tom Marechek (Syracuse '92), Chris Sailer

 (Harvard '81), Dom Starsia (Brown '74) and Dick Watts (Johns Hopkins '56)

 for the induction ceremony on Nov. 8, as the 51st class will be honored at

 the Grand Lodge in Hunt Valley, Md.


 "I am very grateful that I was able to participate in a Navy lacrosse era

 so gifted with exceptional coaches and extraordinary athletes, each of

 whom is a member of my personal hall of fame," said Tracy.


 A member of the Class of '63, Tracy is the 12th Navy player to be inducted

 into the National Hall of Fame and the third in the last three years.  He

 is one of five Navy players in the National Hall of Fame who played for

 legendary head coach Willis Bilderback, who himself was inducted into the

 National Hall of Fame in 1973.


 Along with playing for Bilderback, came the distinction of playing for the

 Naval Academy during the period earmarked the "Decade of Domination" which

 saw the Midshipmen win eight consecutive USILA national titles between

 1960-67.  As one of the premier attackman in the country, Tracy guided the

 Midshipmen to championship crowns in 1961, '62 and '63.  During those

 three years, Navy amassed a 27-4 (.871) record which featured three-year

 sweeps over the likes of Johns Hopkins, Virginia, Maryland and Princeton.


 Affectionately known as "Trace," Tracy, along with the late Donald

 MacLaughlin and Pete "The Shot" Taylor, collaborated as the trio "TMT" to

 become one of the most potent scoring arsenals in the country in the early

 '60s.  Between 1961-63, the trio helped Navy averaged 13.2 goals per game

 with the Mids being held to single digits just five times in 31 games.

 Tracy produced 64 points over the span of three seasons, scoring 41 goals

 including a season-high 18 during his junior campaign.


 Christened in 1959, Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium first called itself

 home to select Navy lacrosse games in 1961.  Tracy and attackman Patrick

 FitzPatrick scored two goals apiece to lead the Midshipmen to a 9-7

 victory over rival Maryland in Navy's debut on April 29, 1961.


 Tracy was elected by his peers to serve as the Navy lacrosse captain in

 1963 and later that year scored the winning margin (South - 3 goals) in

 the North-South Senior All-Star Game.  Additionally, he was the recipient

 of the Stuart Oxnard Miller Memorial Lacrosse Cup, which was awarded to

 team's most valuable player.  He also pioneered televised (WBAL) box

 lacrosse in Maryland as a member of The Collegians, the 1962 Maryland Box

 Lacrosse Champions.


 Following his collegiate career, Tracy played 15 years on the club level

 in five different states. He has been inducted into the USNA Athletic and

 US Lacrosse Greater Baltimore Chapter halls of fame. Additionally, he was

 awarded the Navy Commendation Medal, Vietnam Service Medal (three stars)

 and National Defense Service Medal.