Mountain Lakes’ O’Donnell to be inducted in Hall of Fame

By Mark Kitchin


Former Mountain Lakes youth lacrosse coach and long time lacrosse supporter and administrator Peter O’Donnell is one of seven people selected for the 2013 class of the New Jersey Lacrosse Hall of Fame.

A banquet will be held in their honor on Sunday, February 9 at the Mercer Oaks Country Club in West Princeton. It is the 16th Hall of Fame class to be inducted. The New Jersey Lacrosse Hall of Fame was initiated in 1997.

O’Donnell was a Fair Lawn High School graduate, and played for the Cutters when they were the first public high school to begin playing lacrosse in the state of New Jersey. He also moved on to play at Bowling Green University when that school initiated their lacrosse program.

Since his return to the Garden State in 1982, the Mountain Lakes resident has had years of involvement in various capacities with the New Jersey Junior Lacrosse League and the New Jersey Lacrosse Foundation. He played an important role in shaping the Garden State Challenge lacrosse showcase.

He is a former president of the New Jersey Chapter of U. S. Lacrosse and helped oversee the organization’s split between North and South Chapters. He is still active with the New Jersey North Chapter and is active in running the season-ending Lacrosse Jamboree. In 2009 he was honored for the Richard Rizk Unsung Hero Award

The six other honorees include:

Craig Buckley is another Fair Lawn grad who was a 1993 scholastic All-American. A prolific scorer at both the high school and college level. He went on to play for Rutgers University at attack and led them in scoring in three of the four seasons he competed. He also coached at West Orange from 2002-2005.

Lucy DeStefano is a Summit native who earned scholastic honors at the Hotchkiss School in Connecticut. At Princeton she was an All-American twice and gained first team honors in 1999, She was also named All-Ivy League Honorable mention three times. She was a member of the 1996 team that advanced to the FInal Four.

James Donovan was selected as an outstanding contributor. The Columbia High grad was a defenseman on the 1982 State Champion team. He has served as President of the New Jersey Junior Lacrosse League. He was named the 2009 US Lacrosse Program Director of the Year.

Ridgewood’s Marc Jacobson was an All-State goalkeeper and a member of the 1990 and 1991 state championship teams. The 1991 All-American had an outstanding collegiate career and became a professional player for Major League Lacrosse’s New Jersey Pride and also played internationally for a team in Latvia.

Michael Springer was a legendary lacrosse player for Ridgewood and Syracuse University. He was a 3-time All-State attackman and scholastic All-American in 1997 and 1998 for the Maroons. He was a member of National Championship teams in 2000 and 2002 at Syracuse. He went on to play professionally for the Philadelphia Barrage of the MLL for five seasons. He is currently the head coach of Don Bosco Prep.

Robert Weglarz is a Woodbridge High School grad. He has served as a high school and college lacrosse official since 1976. He is a founding of the New Jersey Interscholastic Lacrosse Officials Association and a former President and Director of Recruitment for New Officials.


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

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