Mountain Lakes’ Turner among New Jersey Hall of Famers

 By Mark Kitchin


Standout Mountain Lakes defenseman and decorated war veteran Sean Turner will be inducted into the New Jersey Lacrosse Hall of Fame along with seven other distinguished nominees at their annual banquet at the Cooper Dining Hall on the campus of Rutgers University on Sunday, January 15th .

This year’s inductees include a diverse group that has contributed a variety of talents to the sport of lacrosse. The contingent includes current Princeton women’s lacrosse coach Chris Sailer, Princeton University and Major League Lacrosse goalkeeper Trevor Tierney, Columbia High and University of North Carolina goalkeeper Debra Castine Burger, Hopewell Valley and Central New Jersey administrator Chris Cahill, Summit youth program coach and administrator Peter Cordrey, Columbia High midfielder and respected lacrosse official John Kenny, Westfield and Duke University standout Gregg Schmalz.

Turner served in the U.S. Army from 1994 to 2007  becoming a company commander while serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom. He earned a bronze star for his services in Iraq in 2003.

He played his lacrosse at Mountain Lakesand was a defensive midfielder on the school’s first state championship team in 1989. As a junior he moved to defense and helped the team repeat as champions. Mountain Lakes was also Gibbs Division and Morris County Tournament champions in 1989 and 1990. They were 19-1 in his senior season and overall the Lakers were 58-4 in his three years as a starter.

At West Pointhe he was a four-year starter and he helped Army earn four consecutive Patriot League titles. He helped Army to an NCAA berth in 1993. He also captured numerous team honors in 1993 and 1994 including Most Valuable Player and Defensive Most Valuable Player. 

Here are the biographies of all of this year’s honorees.

Debra Castine Burger

At Columbia Castine-Burger was a 4-year starter as a Goalie and earned All-American Honors in 1995.  She was a 4-year starter at UNC and was a member of their first varsity season in 1996.  She led her team to ACC Championships in 1997 and 1998.  In both seasons UNC also made it to the NCAA Final Four in just their second and third years of existence.  She was named All ACC in 97 and 98 and earned ACC Honor Roll in 97, 98 and 99.  Castine-Burger holds many career and season records, including most goalie minutes played in a career, save percentage for season and career, most career saves, goals against average career and season.

Chris Cahill

At Princeton High School he earned second Team All-State 1977 and Honorable Mention in 1978.  He was captain of team in 1978.  He played one year at Washington & Lee.  As a contributor to the game, he has; been a Board member and coach of Hopewell Valley Rec. Lacrosse Program, founded and coached the Central Jersey Select Girls Lacrosse Program, which competes in summer and fall tournaments; the club serves high school and middle school athletes.  Chris has been a Board Member of the Central Jersey Junior Girls Lacrosse League and President of Conference E from 2002-08, organized the league and established rules and procedures.  He has founded, directed and organized many fall and winter programs and events for Central Jersey girls.  His efforts have provided hundreds of girls with the opportunities to play lacrosse and he has had a substantial impact on growth of girls lacrosse inMercerCounty.  In 1999, he co-founded the Bobby Campbell Lacrosse foundation, which has sponsored many clinics and teams in Mercer County for boys and girls.  Over the last 10 years, the foundation has provided over $20,000 in college scholarships to PHS boys and girls lacrosse players based on character and leadership.  He is a Co-Founder of the Trenton Bridge Program.  He secured funding from US Lacrosse, and has been a driving force in developing organization for boys and girls.  Program has been a service to the Trenton Community and game of lacrosse.  He has recruited players, coaches, found equipment, games, facilities and refs to sustain the program.

Peter Cordrey

At Manhasset was member of Nassau County Champs in 1976, county finalists 1977 and 1978.  He was an All-County selection in 1978.  He was inducted into Manhasset Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1996.  At Princetonwas first Team All-Ivy in 1981 and 82 and was an Honorable Mention All-American in 81 and 82, he is tied for third most saves in a season (211) and fourth in careers saves.  He was awarded the Higginbotham Trophy in 81 and 82, given to the lacrosse player who best combines; “outstanding play, distinguished sportsmanship and gentlemanly influence.”  Longtime resident of Summit, Bill Tierney cites Cordrey as “friend, mentor and avid supporter of Princeton.”  In Summit, he has been a driving force for the Youth program.  He has served as a coach from 1990 to the present and was named US Lacrosse’s Youth Coach of the Year in 2002.  He has served on the board of the Summit Lacrosse Club for over 16 years and has served as president.  Under his guidance, the program grew from less than 100 boys to 900 boys and girls.  Summit HS boys and girls teams have enjoyed tremendous success stemming from their youth programs.  Summit Boys established a state record 68 game winning streak spanning through 3 years, including 2 Tournament of Champions titles.  Winning streak ended in third consecutive TOC final.  Has assisted US Lacrosse in fundraising efforts and has aided many Summit Lacrosse Club alums through college.

John Kenny

At Columbiahe was a second team all state midfielder and played in New Jersey North-South Game.  Kenny has been a New Jersey High School Official for 25 years and has been officiating collegiately for 19 seasons.  He has officiated many high level games including 1995 Division III All-Star Game, 2001 Division II National Championship, 2002 Division III National Championship, 2003 Division I Semi-Final, 2005 Division I National Championship, 2005 Division II Quarterfinal, 2006 College All-Star Game, 2008 Division III Semifinal.  He has officiated four High School State Championships and numerous semi-finals.  In 1998, he was named the National Federation Lacrosse Official of the Year.  He has taught and recruited officials.  He has volunteered for the Garden State Games every year they have been held.  He has served as the NJILOA Rules Interpreter for 07-10. He held the same role collegiately for district 3 from 2006-10.  He helped start the high school team at Manasquan HS in 1989.  He served as President of the Manasquan Lacrosse Club in 89 and again from 94-96.

Chris Sailer

She was inducted into the US Lacrosse National Hall of Fame in 2008, She has guided Princetonto three NCAA championships, 11, final fours, 19 NCAA tournaments and nine Ivy League titles.  She ranks second among active Division I coaches in victories, and is the fifth winningest coach in NCAA history across all divisions.  Has coached the most games in NCAA tournament and holds the record for most wins.  She has earned national Coach of the Year three times.  She has coached 85 All Americans, 73 First Team All Ivy Leaguers, 10 Ivy League Players of the Year and eight Ivy League Rookies of the Year.  Her teams won back to back national champions in 2002 and 2003.  Team reached the final again in 2004, their fourth championship appearance in five years.  At Harvard, she was the captain of both the lacrosse and field hockey teams, and was a member of the US National Team.  She is a member of the New England Lacrosse Hall of Fame, Harvard Varsity Club Hall of Fame, Haverford High School Hall of Fame and Pennsylvania Lacrosse Hall of Fame.  She chaired the Tewaarton Trophy selection committee, served on the NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Committee, was president of the IWLCA and is currently on its Board of Directors as well as on the US Lacrosse Women’s Divisions Board of Governors. Sailer serves the New Jersey South Chapter of US Lacrosse as the College Women’s Constituent Representative and has served on the NJ Lacrosse Hall of Fame Selection Committee.  She earned the 2008 Diane Geppi-Aikens Memorial Award presented by the IWLCA for lifetime achievement in contribution to women’s lacrosse.  

Gregg Schmalz

At Westfieldwas a highly recruited for both soccer and lacrosse.  He was a 3-year starter at Westfield, earning first team All-State honors as a sophomore and junior.  As a junior he was selected All-American.  Westfieldwon State Championships in 1986 and 1987 with him in the lineup.  He was limited to just five games as a senior due to injury.  Schmalz had a standout career at Duke where he was a 4-year starter.  He was named First Team All ACC in 1991 and 1992, was team captain in 1991 and 1992 and was also Honorable Mention All-American both seasons.  He finished his college career as the top scoring midfielder in school history and was 15th overall, 11th in goals.  He had 112 career points on 85 goals and 27 assists.  A resident of Needham, Massachusetts, he is a member of the board for Needham Boys Lacrosse and runs the Under-9 boys program for the town and has coached the girls youth team. 

Trevor Tierney

At the Hun School, he was a 3-sport standout excelling in football, hockey and lacrosse.  In 1997, he earned First Team All State honors as a goalie.  He had a decorated career atPrinceton, where team won four Ivy Titles, qualified for four NCAA tournaments, reached three finals and won it all in 1998 and 2001.  Tierney was named first team all Ivy in 2000 and 2001.  He was an Honorable Mention All-American in 2000 and was First Team All-American in 2001.  In 2001 he won the Ensign Markland Kelly Jr. Award as the nation’s best goalie.  Tierney wasPrincetonteam captain in 2001.  He also led Division I in save percentage and goals against.  Tierney was one of five finalists for the Tewaarton Award, given to best college player.  He played for the US National Team in the ILF World Championships in 2002 and 2006.  He won gold medals in 2002 and was All-World and best goalie of the tournament.  In the professional ranks he played for four different teams in the MLL and was three times a league All-Star.   He was league champion with the Bayhawks in 2005. He is the only goalie in the history of Men’s Lacrosse to have been an NCAA, ILF and MLL Champion.  He is currently serving as an assistant coach for Division I Denver University.  

Sean Turner

Has a history of leadership and achievement.  At Mountain Lakes he was a defensive midfielder on their first ever state championship team as a sophomore.  As a junior, was moved to defense as Mountain Lakes repeated as state champion.  As a senior, team record was 19-1.  His team was Garden State League Champion in 1998, Gibbs Division Champion 1989, 1990, Morris County Tournament Champion 1989, 1990, All-Group State Champion 1988 and 1989.  His team record as a three year starter was 58-4.  He was the Lakers team captain in 1990. He was named First Team All-League andAll-Statein 1989 and 1990 and All-American in 1990.  At West Point he was a 4-year starter for Army which won four consecutive Patriot League titles. He played in the NCAA tournament in 1993, helping Army defeat Maryland, then lose to finalistNorth Carolina. He was First Team Patriot League in 1993 and 1994, Division I Honorable Mention All-American 1994, Academic All-American 1994 and Team Captain 1994.  He received General Hartinger Award as Team MVP 1994, and Jack Rust Award 1994 as Defensive MVP.  He Served in the United States Army from 1994-2007, becoming a Company Commander serving in Operation Iragi Freedom.  In 2003, he earned a Bronze Star for service in Iraq.


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Mark Kitchin is a boys varsity basketball writer for the Morris County New Jersey area

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