Navy's Sowell to be enshrined in Potomac Lacrosse Hall of Fame

Washington College grad had stops at St. Albans, Georgetown early in coaching career

January 22, 2013|The Baltimore Sun

Navy men’s lacrosse coach Rick Sowell is one of six individuals who will be inducted into the Potomac Chapter of the US Lacrosse Hall of Fame on Feb. 2. 

This year’s inductees also include Jean Counts, Jon FitzGerald, Laurie Podmilsak, Malcolm Lester and Anna Yates McDermott.

The ceremony will be held at the University Club of Washington, D.C., from 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Additional information, including how to purchase tickets, can be found at

“I am thrilled to be inducted into the Potomac Chapter Hall of Fame,” Sowell said. “During my time living in the Washington, D.C., area, I had the pleasure of being associated with two of the finest academic institutions in the country. Being surrounded by such great people at both St. Albans School for Boys and Georgetown University had such a profound and positive effect on my development as a young man and lacrosse coach. It is indeed quite an honor to be remembered as someone who contributed to the rise of lacrosse in the Washington, D.C., metro area not just by helping teach this great game, but by giving back to the sport that has given so much to me.”

A 1986 graduate of Washington College, Sowell was a two-time All-American who was named the 1985 Division III National Midfielder of the Year. Behind his 45-goal, 14-assist performance his senior year, he garnered Division III first-team All-America honors and an invitation to participate in the annual North-South All-Star Game. Along the way he helped lead the Shoremen to a pair of Division III national championship game appearances.

Sowell went on to spend five years with the Baltimore Thunder of the Major Indoor Lacrosse League, where he was a three-time first-team all-pro selection.

Sowell, who has been responsible for rebuilding programs at Dartmouth, St. John’s and Stony Brook, began his coaching career at his alma mater, helping guide the Shoremen to the Division III national title game in 1986 and the semifinal round in 1987.

In 1988, he became the head lacrosse coach at St. Albans in Washington, where he also served as an assistant football coach. He moved on in 1990 to Georgetown, where spent nine seasons as an assistant under Dave Urick.

Sowell earned his first head coaching job at Dartmouth in 1999. In 2005, Sowell was tapped to head the rebirth of the St. John’s program, which had been dormant since 1995. Two years later, he moved on to Stony Brook, where he compiled a 47-26 (.644) record in five seasons and was named the America East Coach of the Year in each of his last two seasons as he guided the Seawolves to back-to-back America East regular-season titles (2010 and 2011). While at Stony Brook, he was selected to serve as an assistant coach for the gold-medal winning Team USA at the 2010 World Games.

In his first season at Navy, Sowell directed the Midshipmen to a 6-6 record, including a 3-3 mark in Patriot League play.

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