The Western New York Chapter of U.S. Lacrosse's Hall of Fame Class of 2018

January 13, 2018

Twelve-person class elected after year-round selection process; To be enshrined in Buffalo on January 13th.

Buffalo, NY, January 13, 2018 -- The Western New York Chapter of U.S. Lacrosse held its annual selection meeting and elected the following members to the Hall of Fame. The Class of 2018 consists of former Buffalo Bandit John Tavares, St. Bonaventure Men’s Head Coach Randy Mearns, University of Louisville Women’s Head Coach Scott Teeter, Men’s Lacrosse Official Tom Sutton, Women’s Lacrosse Official Michelle Barczak, Amherst Girl’s Lacrosse Coach Janet Battaglia, former Orchard Park Boys’ Varsity Coach Gene Tundo, Clarence Girls’ Varsity Coach Doug Kohler, Girls’ Lacrosse Coach and former member of the all-Iroquois Women’s Team Sandy Jemison, former college All-American Women’s Player Paula Fronckowiak, and posthumous inductees Tom Borrelli and Ed Van Tine.

The annual selection meeting was held inside the Canisius College Koessler Athletic Complex in Buffalo, New York and capped a year-round selection process. The newly elected Hall of Famers were chosen from a list of 24 finalists who had been determined earlier by the Western New York Lacrosse Selection Committee.

The Class of 2018 will be introduced for the first time as a group and formally enshrined into the Western New York Lacrosse Hall of Fame on Saturday, January 13th. The Enshrinement Ceremony will be held in the Marriott Buffalo Harborcenter Ball Room with the reception starting at 4:00 p.m. and dinner to follow soon after. The event will conclude with a recognition moment during the evening’s Buffalo Bandits home game versus the Vancouver Stealth at the Key Bank Center.

“It’s a real privilege and honor to be a part of the Hall of Fame selection committee and welcome the twelve newest members to the Western New York Lacrosse Hall of Fame family,” said Ed Greenway, President of the Western New York Chapter of U.S. Lacrosse. “This is a unique Hall of Fame class with 12 different categories represented spanning decades of competitive excellence. We’re very excited to celebrate this great milestone with our WNY Lacrosse inductees and their family and friends.”

Tickets for the event can be purchased for $35 each, with tables for 10 people available for $300. The price includes access to the event and one ticket to the evening’s Buffalo Bandits game versus the Vancouver Stealth.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.WesternNewYorkLacrosse.com or by calling Todd Schoenberger at 302-296-7724.

The U.S. Lacrosse chapter network plays a critical role in helping to grow the sport and improve the experience for all participants. U.S. Lacrosse has 68 regional chapters—including pioneer member Western New York—run by dedicated volunteers that help deliver U.S. Lacrosse programs, collaborate with local lacrosse organizations, introduce new players to the sport and help honor local leaders in their community.

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