Oct. 18, 2012
BALTIMORE - Jen Adams, the Loyola University Maryland head women's lacrosse coach, was inducted into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame in a ceremony on Saturday in Hunt Valley, Md.
Adams, highly regarded as the best women's lacrosse player of all-time, was inducted as a truly great player. She enjoyed a record-setting four-year playing career at the University of Maryland from 1998-2001, racking up honors like she scored goals and recorded assists, and was inducted into the Maryland Hall of Fame earlier this month. She was also named to the NCAA Division I Women's Lacrosse 25th Anniversary Team in April 2007.
The Brighton, South Australia native, was a three-time national player of the year for the Terrapins and was the first recipient of the Tewaaraton Trophy in 2001. She set every scoring record at Maryland - season and career - helping the Terrapins win national titles in each of the four seasons she spent in College Park. She finished her storied career with 267 goals, 178 assists and 445 total points. Her marks for total points and assists stand today as NCAA records, while her goals total is still a record at Maryland.
Adams' efforts were not limited just to the lacrosse field. In addition to her three All-America honors as a player, Adams earned the 2000 and 2001 Honda/Broderick Award for women's lacrosse excellence in the classroom and on the field. She also garnered CoSIDA Academic All-America First Team honors as a senior.
She was also named the National Attacker of the Year in 1999, 2000 and 2001 and earned Atlantic Coast Conference Female Athlete of the Year laurels in 2000 and 2001.
Adams' accomplishments did not end when she hung up her cleats for the Terrapins. She had been a member of the Australian National Team since her pre-Maryland days and is currently on the Aussie team that is gearing up for the 2013 Women's World Cup in Oshawa, Canada. In 2005, Adams led Australia to the gold medal at the IFWLA World Cup in Annapolis against perhaps the finest collection of U.S. lacrosse athletes ever assembled for World Cup competition. In one of the greatest individual performances in the history of the sport, Adams was unstoppable, notching 21 goals and a World Cup record 26 assists, including four goals and three assists in the Gold Medal game, en route to All-World honors.
In addition to playing, Adams has found success in the coaching realm. In 2006, Adams traveled back to Maryland where she rejuvenated the Terrapins offense to play in her up-tempo attacking style. In her first season as associate head coach, Maryland scored 287 goals, the most it had recorded in a season since 2001, her senior year as a student-athlete.
In 2008, Adams helped Maryland ascend to a No. 2 rank nationally. The Terrapins, who finished with an 18-3 record, scored an average of 14.9 goals per game, sixth nationally, and were second in Division I with 477 total points. Two Maryland student-athletes finished in the top 50 nationally in goals per game, and three were in that same range for assists per game.
Since coming to Loyola, Adams has restored the program to national prominence. The two-time IWLCA Mid-Atlantic Region Coach of the Year has led the Greyhounds to back-to-back BIG EAST titles and two-straight appearances in the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Tournament. In addition, she guided a pair of Greyhounds to first-team All-America honors last season, a feat that had not been accomplished since 2003.
Adams, a member of the Potomac Chapter of the U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame, was inducted alongside her former collegiate coach, Cindy Timchal, in addition to Roy Colsey, Brian Dougherty, Missy Foote, Kelly Amonte Hiller, Jesse Hubbard and Tim Nelson.