Sun list of top Md. athletes left out Joe Seivold, the greatest lacrosse player of all time

May 23, 2012

I find it incredible that Joe Seivold, touted by Sports Illustrated magazine in 1958 as "possibly the greatest lacrosse player to ever play the game," was not included in your list of the 175 top Maryland athletes ("The top 175," May 17).

Seivold began his illustrious career in lacrosse at Friends School, where he was selected All-Maryland at midfield in 1953 and 1954. In 1954, during his senior year at Friends, he was a member of the Maryland Scholastic Association Championship Team. At Friends, he was also the football team quarterback and the play-making basketball guard.

Upon graduating, Seivold attended Washington College, in Chestertown, Md, where he attained All-American recognition four straight years and broke several school scoring records, Including a record-breaking 10-goal game in 1958. Over the four year span he netted 167 goals.

In 1957, the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association named him to the first All-American Lacrosse Team. The same year he was also selected a member of the Laurie Cox Division All-Star Team and was awarded the United States Naval Academy's Seth Award.

In 1958, he was again named to the first All-American team by the U.S. Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association. During his senior year, he was referred to as the "60 minute midfielder." He played for the South in the 1958 North-South All-Star Game.

Following his graduation Seivold continued to play lacrosse as a member of the Mt. Washington Lacrosse Club for 13 years. He was a member of the United States Lacrosse Team in Toronto, Canada, which won the Lally Cup in 1967.

From 1976-76 he coached the Mt. Washington Club, which won two club championships in 1975 and 1976. He also coached the victorious South Team in the Club All-Star game in 1976. In addition, from 1961-75 he coached at the Park School in Baltimore.

In recognition of his outstanding career in lacrosse, Joe Seivold was inducted into the Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1980.

Samuel R. Dutton, Baltimore

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