The Western New York Chapter of US Lacrosse is honored to announce
the 2005 Inductees into
The WNY Lacrosse Hall of Fame
Lee Ann Fronckowiak
INDUCTION CEREMONY SATURDAY APRIL 16, 2005 @ HSBC ARENA 6 PM
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Western New York US Lacrosse Hall of Fame
1993 John Wesley Patterson
1994 Harry Wilhelm
1995 Carol Patterson
1996 Marion “Taddy” Dann
1997 Beth Stone
2005 Donald Scully
2005 Western New York US Lacrosse
Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
Saturday April 16, 2005 @ 6p.m.
Bandits Game @ 7:30p.m.
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**A game ticket and HOF reception pass will be necessary for entrance into the arena for the induction ceremony.
Biographies of the 2005 Inductees
Darris Kilgour played his high school lacrosse at Niagara Wheatfield High School where he was honored as a two time high school US Lacrosse All American. He was the first ever draft choice of the Buffalo Bandits (1991 Entry Draft) in 1992 and he earned honors as a three-time MILL/NLL All-Pro as a player. Darris played on all three Bandits Championship teams, 1992, 1993, and 1996.
The Bandits describe “Darris Kilgour’s reputation as a player in the National Lacrosse League as one of domination, intimidation and toughness.” Darris played a major role in each of the Bandit’s three Major Indoor Lacrosse League Championships. His accomplishments include ranking in the top five players in every offensive category in the Bandits record books: third in goals with 128, third in face-off wins with 255, and fourth in both assists (127) and points (255). He ranks fifth in games played as a Bandit with 62 and still holds the record as the Bandits’ all-time leader in penalty minutes.
Darris was named the sixth coach in the Bandits history on July 18, 2002. “Kilgour’s intense and aggressive style transformed an 8-8 team in 2002 into the physically punishing team that journeyed to the Champions Cup Finals last season.” In five seasons as a head coach, two with Washington and three with Buffalo, Kilgour’s teams have never failed to make a post-season appearance.
Darris coached the Iroquois National Team in 2002. He was named NLL "Coach of the Year" in 2003 and the East Division All Star Coach in 2004.
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Matt is known all over the state of New York and Canada as an outstanding football coach, athletic director and lacrosse official. As Director of Physical Education for 37 years and Varsity Football Coach for 30 years at Maryvale High School, few men are more respected in their profession. Matt also coached wrestling, basketball, track and field, men’s volleyball and tennis…a man of many talents.
Matt was just as well known for his officiating experience. He officiated high school and college football for 45 years, high school soccer for 5 years, high school and college wrestling for 21 years, baseball and softball for 10 years. Matt also founded the Niagara Frontier Ice Hockey Officials Association and officiated high school and college ice hockey for 20 years. Matt founded the Niagara Frontier Lacrosse Officials Association in 1974 after being asked by WNY Hall of Famer Harry Wilhelm, to recruit, train, assign and organize lacrosse officials. Matt wrote a Constitution and applied to the N.Y.S. Department of Education for approval as an organization. After it was approved, recruiting started. Many members of the Kenmore Lacrosse Club became officials. Matt was the first President of the organization and WNY Hall of Famer and US National Hall of Famer, Wes Patterson, was the first Vice-President. In 1975, Jeff Conklin and Chuck Goodrich, well known Buffalo officials, met with the U.S.I.L.A , the governing body of men’s lacrosse officials, to get certified as an organization. Prior to that time, Rochester had exclusive rights to assign all local college games. They became members of the National Intercollegiate Officials Association. Matt continued for15 years as assignor and President of the organization until he retired to Arizona in 1989.
Throughout his officiating career, he officiated high school and college games, too numerous to count, 5 N.Y.S Championship tournaments, 6 N.C.A.A. Championship tournaments, 2 years of Empire State Games, the Can Am Indoor Lacrosse League and is also certified as a Canadian Lacrosse Official. Matt worked games in which Inductees Darris Kilgour and Frank Davis both played in the Can Am League.
Like the rest of the wonderful inductees, being honored tonight, though “retired” in and living in Arizona, Matt continues to give back to the game of lacrosse. In 1990, Matt organized and assigned local officials to work the Western Collegiate Lacrosse Association composed of the California and Arizona Universities and Colleges. He officiated the Championship Game in Tucson in 1992 before retiring again, in 1993 due to knee replacement.
Matt is married to Joanne, his wife of 55 years and has 4 children: Matt Jr., Tom, Patrice and Craig, and 4 grandchildren: Nicholas, Brigid, Emily and Clare. Carrying on the family lacrosse traditions, granddaughter Emily Szydlowski, is the senior captain of the Swarthmore College Women’s Lacrosse Team and an All American Academic Student Athlete.
Frank Davis has had a positive impact on Western New York lacrosse for over forty-five years. As a youth player for the Tuscarora Indian Nation Recreation Association and the St. Catherines, Ontario Minor Lacrosse Association, Frank honed his lacrosse skills across Western New York and Canada long before Niagara Wheatfield, his high school, began a boys lacrosse program.
Frank continued his lacrosse career at Cornell University earning 3rd Team Attack All Ivy Honors in 1970, 1st Team Attack All Ivy Honor a coveted NCAA Division 1 National Championship in 1971 and 1st Team Attack All Ivy and Honorable Mention All American Honors in 1972. Frank played post collegiate lacrosse with the Kenmore lacrosse Club, the North American Lacrosse Association, the Buffalo-Fort Erie Hawks, the Niagara Falls, Ontario Hawks, the Ontario Senior A Club Team, the Six Nations Braves and the Brampton Excelsiors. He also played in the “Nations In ‘80” Inaugural World Box Lacrosse Tournament in Vancover in 1980 and was a silver medallist with the North American Natives. Frank also played as a member of the 1983 Inaugural Iroquois National Team at the World Invitational Tournament at Johns Hopkins University.
While still a player, Frank officiated high school lacrosse in Western New York, including the New York State Finals, from 1976-2003 and he officiated NCAA Division 1, 2 and 3 College games from 1978-2003. Officiating at the highest international levels as well, Frank was on the officiating staff for the ILF Men’s World Championships in 1994 in Manchester, England, 1998 in Baltimore, MD, 2002 in Perth, Australia and the 2003 U-19 Men’s World Championships in Towson, MD. His contributions to Western New York and to the game of lacrosse are endless.
Frank is married to his high school sweetheart Lynn and has three grown daughters and 2 grandchildren. Frank still resides in Sanborn, NY.
Debby Clark became a lacrosse enthusiast when she attended her first Merestead Camp in Massachusetts in 1976. Not having the opportunity of being introduced to lacrosse in high school and college, she came to love the game through coaching and officiating. She first became a women’s lacrosse official in 1976 becoming certified at Merestead Camp. In the fall of 1976, Debby introduced the sport of lacrosse to her students at Buffalo Seminary. With mentors Carol Patterson and Taddy Dann, both WNY Hall of Famers, Debby was one of the pioneers of Western New York girl’s high school lacrosse. Nichols School, Park School and Buffalo Seminary were the only girls teams playing lacrosse until 1983. There were only four women’s officials in Buffalo at that time: Carol and Wes Patterson, Debby Clark and Kelly Andrews.
In 1977 Debby started teaching at Elmwood Franklin School but continued her involvement in both field hockey and lacrosse officiating. In 1987, Debby started lacrosse at Elmwood Franklin and began the second modified program in WNY. Elmwood and Nichols played games with each other, traveled to Cleveland, Ohio to play with Hathaway Brown, Andrews and Laurel Schools and played in the Nichols Playdays. In the mid 1990’s, Janet Battaglia, a former student of Carol Patterson’s, started a modified team at Amherst Middle School, the beginning of some fun middle school rivalries. With so few middle school players being introduced to the game of lacrosse, Debby’s outstanding coaching was instrumental in producing exerienced players for the high school programs.
Debby not only teaches her players the skills of the game, but also for many years, took her players to the Tuscarora Reservation to Tuskewe Krafts for a lesson in the history of the sport from our local lacrosse stick maker, Wes Patterson. Carol and Wesley would host the girls at the “barn”, explain the history of the game and then Wes would give the girls the opportunity to help him make a Patterson lacrosse stick. The Elmwood Franklin alumnae, who continue their academic and lacrosse careers at Nichols School, are invited by Debby to continue the lacrosse tradition of giving back to their school, by coming back at the beginning of each lacrosse season to give a clinic to her middle school team. Debby sets a positive example for her students and her sense of fair play and good sportsmanship is evident in every team she coaches.
Many of Debby’s middle school players have gone on to have wonderful high school and college lacrosse careers.
John Faller exemplifies what Western New York Lacrosse has evolved into. John has seen WNY lacrosse develop from eight teams to the current thirty plus teams. He has demonstrated great integrity and tremendous leadership as the Section Vl Lacrosse chairman since 1980. His silent dedication, has fostered the growth of all programs in Western New York. He has written and developed the current Sectional Lacrosse Handbook. He established and helped coach the first Exceptional Senior Game in 1980 and continues to organize the game each spring. He was instrumental in helping the girls Exceptional Senior Game get established.
John has been honored as “Section Vl Coach of the Year” and “Man of The Year” numerous times. His outstanding teams and current 269 wins rank him 33rd all time in New York State. Coach Faller has coached his teams to 6 Section VI Championship Titles and 5 Section VI Runner Up Titles in this illustrious career. But rarely is it about wins with Coach Faller; it is about the intangibles and life long lessons he passes on to his players.
John has always given his time for the improvement of lacrosse in Western New York. He is a facilitator, mentor, enthusiastic coach, but most of all he is a man who gets things done. The numerous Sectional responsibilities that Coach Faller has to accomplish are all done with a friendly smile and a passion in knowing his stamp is on the outcome of the event. He does these things not for the accolades or "pats on the back"; but for the same reason he has been extremely successful as a teacher and coach. He does them for the student athletes and his love of the game. We are all extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to work with such an outstanding citizen. Thank you John for making others around you better.
Donald B. Scully, Jr.
A 1945 graduate of Nichols School, displaying his athletic talents as the Co-Captain of the football team, Captain of the ice hockey team and an important player of the baseball team, Don Scully was voted the Nichols School Best Athlete. Nichols’ describes you as an athlete possessing “talent, an academic focus, the ability to work hard, humility, respect for opponents and a desire to experience the joy of fair competition” and a coach who had “the ability to draw these characteristics from his or her players”.
Don continued his education and lacrosse career at Dartmouth College, where he played lacrosse on the 1946-1949 lacrosse teams. In his three year career, Don had 107 goals and 9 assists, an accomplishment that still stands today as the second leading scorer in the Dartmouth men’s lacrosse record books. The amazing thing about this record is that he accomplished this in only 38 games compared to the other players who played 4 seasons. Don was chosen as the Captain of the Dartmouth team in 1949 and honored an All American Player in both 1947 and 1949. As so many lacrosse players do, Don gave back to the sport and schools he loves by contributing to both the Dartmouth College and Nichols School Athletic Complexes, which now honor his name.
In 1969, Nichols School asked Don to start a new lacrosse program. Beginning as an intramural program, growing into a club program and then finally into a varsity team, you spent the next seventeen years teaching the Nichols athletes the finer points of the game of lacrosse. From 1980-1984, Don joined Gene Tundo and the Orchard Park Junior Varsity and Varsity Boys Lacrosse Programs. Sharing his love of the game and his expertise, the Orchard Park programs flourished from his guidance. He also shared his love of lacrosse with the girl’s programs in Orchard Park and he took great pride and pleasure watching his granddaughter, Megan, excels at the game. Don has come to love the girls game as much as the boys, and watches every Dartmouth girl’s game on video tape if he can’t see it live.
Don was honored by Nichols School with his induction into the Nichols School Athletic Hall of Fame. As the love of lacrosse is still in Don’s blood, he and his wife Alma, are presently in Hanover, NH for the month, enjoying the wonderful spring lacrosse seasons at Dartmouth. Dartmouth men are hosting Cornell today and the women are playing at the University of Pennsylvania, we can guarantee that Don and Alma are watching one or the other, if they haven’t figured out how to clone themselves to be at both!!
definitely in LeeAnn Fronckowiak’s blood. LeeAnn joined her sister Paula as a
four year varsity starter for Nichols School. LeeAnn graduated in 1985 and went
on to Rochester Institute of Technology. Missing the game she loved, LeeAnn
started the RIT club team and was a player/coach for two years. After a few
years of teaching art in a catholic school in Batavia, LeeAnn returned to
Buffalo, where we immediately put her to work in the lacrosse community.
She has been instrumental in starting new programs in Western New York, beginning in 1993 as an assistant coach with the Orchard Park girls club team and in 1994 bringing her expertise back to her alma mater as the Nichols School JV and modified coach. In 1995 she coached the Canisius College Women’s Club team and started the girls varsity lacrosse program at Sweet Home High School at the same time. LeeAnn led the Panthers to the sectional finals in their inaugural 1995 season and again in 1996. In the summer she coached the Buffalo Club lacrosse team participating in the Canadian National Tournament. LeeAnn coached at Sweet Home through the 1999 season. She contributed on the state level, coaching a New York State Regional Team at the US Lacrosse Women’s Division National Tournament and at the US Lacrosse Junior National Festival in both 1999 and 2000. LeeAnn also served as a selector for the New York State Regional Teams and for the WNY Region of the Empire Games. She has coached at the Niagara Girl’s Lacrosse Camp at Amherst High School and the All Star Spring Lacrosse Camp in Florida over spring breaks and in winter indoor lacrosse league at Sahlens Sports Center.
In 1999, she retired from high school coaching to spend more time with her two terrific sons Dylan and Wyatt. LeeAnn continued to officiate girl’s lacrosse and coach in the summer. In 2002, LeeAnn came out of retirement to start the girl’s lacrosse program at Grand Island High School.
LeeAnn was a charter board member of the Buffalo Women’s Lacrosse Officials Organization and has officiated for twelve years. She has also served as the secretary for the Western New York Chapter of US Lacrosse and has served as our chapter representative at many US Lacrosse meetings. Instrumental in helping to create the Western New York Girl’s High School Coaches Manual, she has helped make local, state and national information readily available to coaches in Western New York. LeeAnn has also been the driving force behind organizing and securing funding for the Exceptional Senior Girl’s All Star Game. A new program… a clinic for beginners or advanced players, or goalies…organizing this chapter of US Lacrosse…a coaches clinic…the exceptional senior game…All Western New York honors committee…All American chair…Academic All American chair…summer camps…summer tournaments…sales rep for Tuskewe Krafts…you name it, LeeAnn has been involved if it has to do with the game of lacrosse. Western New York women’s lacrosse would not be where it is today without LeeAnn. If you need something related to lacrosse…dial 1-800-LeeAnn We all do!!!