Hall of Fame Induction Class of 2016
Because they were men's lacrosse teammates throughout their four-year careers (2002-05), it's natural to make comparisons between Reeves Craig, the outstanding goalkeeper who was inducted into the Goucher Athletics Hall of Fame in 2014, and Chris Webber, who is set to join him.
Kyle Hannan, who recruited both of them, had this to say in the days leading up to the first game of the 2002 season: "While I'm fairly confident that, by the time he graduates, Reeves Craig will be regarded as Goucher's best goalkeeper ever, I can state without any hesitation before he plays his first game that Chris Webber is already the top defenseman in the history of our program. He's going to be a difference maker. He'll make Reeves be a better goalie."
Webber proceeded over the next four years to prove his coach was correct.
The product of Kimball Union Academy in Meriden, N.H. joined returning starters Mike Weed and John Hanley in the starting lineup on close defense as a freshman in 2002 and helped the Gophers go 10-6. Only three players scooped up more ground balls that season than Webber, who collected 63.
When the All-Capital Athletic Conference Men's Lacrosse Team came out that year, it included Webber as a second-team honoree, making him the first freshman in the 11-year history of Goucher's men's lacrosse program to earn all-conference recognition.
The starting defensive trio returned intact and Craig took over in goal in 2003, a year in which the Gophers held two opponents to a single goal on the way to finishing No. 4 in scoring defense (6.06 goals per game) in Division III. Webber's 68 ground balls was the second-highest total on the team and, for the second year in a row, he was a second-team All-CAC selection on close defense.
Goucher finished with an 8-8 record, identical to the previous year, in 2004, but opponents managed to score only 7.5 goals per game when they faced Webber and the Gophers. The junior defenseman again garnered All-CAC recognition, this time as a first-team honoree, plus he and Craig were both rewarded with spots on the 2004 STX/United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Division III All-America Team as honorable mentions.
Statistically, Webber saved his best for last. He hauled in 110 ground balls, the most on the team, and earned the distinction of being the first four-time all-conference performer in the history of Goucher's men's lacrosse program when he was named a first-team All-CAC defenseman in 2005. He and Craig both repeated as honorable mentions on the USILA Division III All-America Team.
After his four seasons, Webber was the program's all-time leader with 113 caused turnovers and one of two players to surpass 300 ground balls during his career. At the time of his induction, he is No. 2 all-time in caused turnovers and No. 3 in ground balls.
Jeanette DeVos Ireland
If the decision on whether or not to induct Jeannette DeVos Ireland into the Athletics Hall of Fame was based solely on what she accomplished playing field hockey, lacrosse and basketball while she attended Goucher in the mid-1970s, even if it were only for two years, she’d be a shoo-in.
One could argue she’d also be a worthy candidate for induction if all that was considered was what she has undertaken and achieved in the coaching profession since her graduation in 1977.
DeVos Ireland headed first for Towson after graduating from high school, but after two years there, she transferred to Goucher. Despite her decision to “get serious about my major,” intercollegiate athletics played a big role in the time she spent here.
Her field hockey coach, Sherry Rice-Maid, called DeVos Ireland and Janet Mann “the two outstanding players for Goucher in a truly rebuilding year” at the conclusion of the 1975 season, which included wins over Johns Hopkins, 2-0, and Loyola (Md.), 4-0.
The rebuilding continued in 1976 when DeVos Ireland was one of the limited number of seniors on a 22-player roster made up mostly of freshmen and sophomores. Still, the team, playing at home, won all of its games to finish in first place in the Baltimore College Tournament.
DeVos Ireland was a welcome addition to the lacrosse team in 1976 as she contributed five goals to a 19-1 triumph over Johns Hopkins and three goals to a 14-5 win over what was then Western Maryland (McDaniel). In addition, the school newspaper mentioned “strong performances by Janet Mann and Jen DeVos” as the keys to an impressive one-goal victory in a scrimmage against Brown.
Even before she transferred, DeVos Ireland competed in games that were conducted on the Goucher campus. Based on her outstanding performance for Towson at the first annual Maryland Women’s Lacrosse Tournament in May 1974, she was selected to play attack wing for the Baltimore I All-Star Team at the South Region Tournament, which took place at Goucher later that same month. In her time at Goucher, she was a two-time Baltimore Association first-team selection for both field hockey and lacrosse and a South Region All-Star in lacrosse.
It was during a lacrosse game against Johns Hopkins during DeVos Ireland’s final year at Goucher that the seeds that eventually led to her entering the coaching profession were planted. She started as an assistant on the field hockey and lacrosse coaching staffs at Hopkins. In 1990, she was offered the head field hockey coach position at Mt. Hebron High School in Ellicott City, Md., and during her 26 seasons there, her teams have been declared Howard County champions seven times. Five of her teams have made it to the state finals.
This is not the first Hall of Fame that has opened its doors to DeVos Ireland. In 2009, she was inducted into the Greater Baltimore chapter of the U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame and, two years later, into the Howard County (Md.) Women’s Athletics Hall of Fame.
For one season, the top three all-time scorers in the history of Goucher’s field hockey program were teammates. The year was 1992 and Renie Amoss, in her final season, produced 23 goals, while first-year players Michele Mohlman and Chrissy Czajkowski supplied the Gophers with 15 and eight goals, respectively.
Each of the next three seasons, Mohlman and Czajkowski finished 1-2 in goals, each time in that order.
So, although Czajkowski was never Goucher’s leading scorer in any of her four seasons, she still ranks third all-time with 38 career goals and 88 career points.
It was one season after then-Goucher head field hockey coach Andrea Bradley took a team that sometimes dressed only seven players and still managed to win a pair of games that Czajkowski was part of a large and very talented recruiting class that would lead the Gophers to appearances in the NCAA Division III Championships in 1994 and again in 1995. In her first game, which turned out to be a 4-0 victory over Hood, Czajkowski tallied a pair of goals, part of her eight-goal, four-assist performance as a freshman. That 1992 squad went 12-7 and holds the distinction of being the first field hockey team in school history to earn an NCAA Division III regional ranking.
Czajkowski came back in 1993 with eight more goals and four more assists as the Gophers again reached double digits in victories by going 10-7-1.
The 14 goals she scored, along with the three she set up with assists, helped propel the Gophers into the national spotlight in 1994 as they achieved a 15-4-1 record and claimed the first CAC title in program history. The team, which rose as high as 11th in the Division III national rankings, was the first in any sport to represent Goucher in the NCAA Division III playoffs.
In Czajkowski’s senior year, Goucher’s field hockey team went 13-4-2 under first-year head coach Kathy Frick. Even though they fell to Salisbury, 2-0, in the CAC championship game, the Gophers were back in the Division III playoffs. Their game against Lebanon Valley was still scoreless at the end of regulation and two overtime periods, but it was the Flying Dutchmen who earned the right to advance through penalty strokes.
Czajkowski, one of nine individuals who have had their jersey retired by Goucher’s intercollegiate athletics department prior to induction into the Athletics Hall of Fame, was a third-team selection on the College Field Hockey Coaches Association’s 1995 Division III All-America Team, as well as a first-team All-South Region pick that year. She, along with Mohlman and Michelle Cotter, are the only three field hockey players from Goucher to be a four-time all-conference performer as she was All-CAC first team in 1992, ’94 and ’95 and second team in 1993.
Czajkowski has remained involved in athletics since her graduation from Goucher. When she had her No. 10 jersey retired in 2002, she was in her first season as head field hockey coach at Christiana High School in Newark, Del.