SUMMIT, NJ - Two icons of Summit High School Girls Lacrosse -- current Hilltopper Varsity Head Coach Mike Walsh and former Maroon & White Head Coach Samantha Kenny -- have been elected to the New Jersey Lacrosse Hall of Fame.
The 20th NJ Lacrosse Hall of Fame class will be enshrined January 29 at Mercer Oaks Country Club in Princeton Junction, from 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
A graduate of Indian Hills High School and Georgetown University, Walsh began his coaching career in 1995 as the Assistant Girls Lacrosse Coach at West Morris Central before assuming the head coaching duties there two years later. He compiled a 138-23-2 record at West Morris Central, winning Morris County Titles from 1997-2002, before departing to become became the Assistant Coach at Mendham where, with a record of 60-6, he was part of two League, two County, two Section and one Group title(s).
Walsh took over as the Head Coach in Summit in 2012 and -- In his five years at Kent Place Boulevard campus -- has led the Hilltoppers to five League titles, five Union County Championships, four Group and Sectional titles, and -- in 2016 -- the program's first-ever Tournament of Champions crown. He is 97-18 as a the head man in Summit, and has earned Coach of the Year honors in 1996, 1998, 2000, and 2013.
A graduate of Morristown High School, Springfield College, and Drew University, Kenny coached at Summit High School from 1995-2004, compiling a career record of 131-14-5. Her teams were never ranked lower than 10th in the state, winning their division five years straight from 1995-99, and claiming the Iron Hills title in 1998, 1999 and 2001.
Kenny's 1999 team was undefeated at 22-0, winning the State Championship and being ranked #2 in the country. That same year, she was named state coach of the year. She coached at Millburn High School from 2009-11, and is currently the Assistant Varsity Coach at Madison High School.
Other members of the Class of 2016 are:
- Tom Fritz
- Mike Kinney
- MG Hollingsworth
- Bob Nuse
- Greg Raschdorf
- Brent Kephart - Richard Rizk Award
Tickets for the induction event are priced at $85 per person, with tables of 10 available for $600, and can be purchased by visiting njsouthlacrosse.com.
Mercer Oaks Country Club is located at 725 Village Road West in Princeton Junction.