Jay Connor and Fred Eisenbrandt, Baltimore high school stars who went on to distinguished college careers, will be inducted into the Lacrosse Hall of Fame during a dinner today at the Radisson Lord Baltimore Hotel.
Connor, Eisenbrandt and eight other inductees will raise the membership to 223 since the Hall of Fame's inception in 1957.
Connor captained Towson's Baltimore County championship team in 1968 and was a two-time All-American attackman and the offensive catalyst on Virginia's national championship teams in 1970 and 1972. He played in the 1972 North-South All-Star Game, and coached in it 10 years later.
Connor captained the soccer and lacrosse teams as a senior and was chosen Virginia's outstanding athlete in 1972.
He coached Loyola College for eight seasons, directing the Greyhounds to the NCAA Division II championship game seven times. In 1981, he received the Kraus Award as Division II Coach of the Year. He is a Baltimore windows contractor.
Eisenbrandt, a two-time Kelly Award recipient in the Maryland Scholastic Association while at Poly, went on to become an All-American midfielder at Duke. He played in the 1951 North-South game and played club lacrosse for Mount Washington for 10 years.
Eisenbrandt, a Baltimore restoration contractor, had an officiating career that spanned four decades, including 21 years as an active referee and nine years as national chief referee.
The other inductees are the late Virginia Allen, a Swarthmore (Pa.) High coach; James Burke, who played at Cortland State; Caroline Haussermann, who played for the Boston and Virginia women's lacrosse associations and was president of the national association, and Christopher Kane, a two-time Cornell All-American.
Also, Michael Messere, who since 1976 has compiled a 390-20 record as coach at his alma mater, West Genesee High in suburban Syracuse, N.Y.; Jane Oswald, a former player, coach and official in the Philadelphia area; Gretchen Schuyler, a midfielder for the United States team from 1935 to 1939 and the first woman inducted into Boston University's Hall of Fame, and Betty Schellenberger, an 11-time U.S. team player and a lacrosse umpire for 49 years.
For ticket information, call (410) 235-6882.