TOWSON, Md. — A Division III All-American field hockey player, an accomplished three-sport athlete who has gone on to become a highly successful high school field hockey coach and the first four-time all-conference performer in the history of the men's lacrosse program were welcomed this evening into the Goucher College Athletics Hall of Fame.
The doors to the Hall of Fame, which recognizes, honors and perpetuates the memory of those individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the college’s athletic history and intercollegiate athletics programs, opened for Jeannette DeVos Ireland from the Class of 1977, Chrissy Czajkowski, Class of '96, and Chris Webber, Class of '06. The induction ceremony was conducted in Hyman Forum.
DeVos Ireland was lauded as "an outstanding player for Goucher" in field hockey, basketball and lacrosse during the two years she attended the school in the mid-1970s. She was a two-time Baltimore Association first-team selection for both field hockey and lacrosse and a South Region All-Star in lacrosse.
DeVos Ireland entered the coaching profession after her playing career ended, starting as an assistant on the field hockey and lacrosse staffs at Johns 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 and five of her teams have made it to the state finals.
Czajkowski, one of nine individuals who have had their jerseys 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 Association's 1995 Division III All-America Team, as well as a first-team All-South region pick that year.
Although she was never Goucher's leading scorer in any of her four seasons because she played with Renie Amoss, the all-time leader, for one season and was a classmate of No. 2 scorer Michele Mohlman, she still ranks third all-time with 38 career goals and 88 career points.
Webber was the first freshman in the 11-year history of Goucher's men's lacrosse program to earn all-conference recognition when he was a second-team honoree on the 2002 All-Capital Athletic Conference Men's Lacrosse Team. Each of the next three years, he was a first-team All-CAC selection; the final two, he was also rewarded with a spot on the STX/USILA Division III All-America Team as an honorable mention.
A four-year starting close defenseman, Webber was the program's all-time leader with 113 caused turnovers and one of only two players to surpass 300 ground balls during his career when he graduated.
A permanent display of the Hall of Fame inductees is located in the lobby of the Decker Sports & Recreation Center.
To be inducted into the Goucher College Athletics Hall of Fame, an individual must have participated in at least two full seasons of intercollegiate competition, been in good academic standing, graduated at least 10 years prior to the nomination date, and been a “truly distinguished performer in his/her sport.” Coaches, trainers, managers, administrators, and others who have made outstanding contributions or offered extraordinary service to athletics at Goucher are also eligible.