SPARKS, Md. - UMBC women's lacrosse head coach and former Virginia standout Amy (Appelt) Slade was one of eight inductees to be selected for the 2020 class of the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame, the hall announced Thursday.
The newest members will be officially inducted in a ceremony on Saturday, October 17, at The Grand Lodge in Hunt Valley, Md.
The National Lacrosse Hall of Fame, a program of US Lacrosse, was established in 1957 to honor men and women who by their deeds as players, coaches, officials and/or contributors, and by the example of their lives, personify the great contribution of lacrosse to our way of life.
"The call on Monday came as such a great surprise. To be inducted into the US Lacrosse Hall of Fame along with so many fantastic players, coaches and officials is a truly humbling honor," Slade said. "I have attended this event before and have been in awe of the accomplishments of all the inductees. I am very excited to be a part of the 2020 HOF class."
Slade is being inducted into the hall after her illustrious career at Virginia, where she won the prestigious Tewaaraton Award in 2004, becoming the first Cavalier to win the award, and was a member of the national championship squad in the same year. Slade also holds the Virginia women's lacrosse records for points (373), goals (258), and consecutive-games scoring (66).
Her other accolades include being a four-time All-American, 2002 ACC Rookie of the Year, 2002 Inside Lacrosse National Rookie of the Year, 2004 ACC Player of the Year, 2004 IWLCA Player of the Year, 2004 and 2005 Inside Lacrosse and womenslacrosse.com Offensive Player of the Year and the 2004 Honda Award.
In 2004 when she won the Tewaaraton, she led the nation in scoring with 90 goals and 121 points - marks that still rank in the top 20 in NCAA history.
She was also a three-time All-ACC selection and earned spots on the 2004 ACC All-Tournament Team and the 2004 and 2005 NCAA All-Tournament Teams, as well as the NCAA's 25th Anniversary Team in 2006. Slade was also a part of the U.S. National Team from 2002-09 and was a member of the 2005 World Cup training team.
"I would like to thank The University of Virginia and the coaching staff for their daily support - yes daily. I am so thankful for what they have done and continue to do for me," Slade said.
Hired as an assistant coach at UMBC in 2010 before taking over the program in 2013, Slade has led the Retrievers to seven America East championship appearances, including two trips to the finals in 2010 and 2011. Slade has also coached seven First Team, 15 Second Team, six All-Rookie, and ten All-Academic Team selections with the America East.
"I would also like to thank UMBC for the amazing opportunity to continue my passion. Six years ago, when the program was at a crossroads, the athletic department and Jessica Hammond-Graf trusted in my leadership to get this program back on track," Slade said. "With the amazing student-athletes, [assistant coaches] Alex (Benedict) and Morgan (Stephens), and the administration, I know we are going to continue to grow. UMBC has allowed me to take my love of the game to the next level. I am truly thankful for the support I receive that has helped me get to this point."
In addition to coaching at UMBC, Slade also helped coach the Baltimore Brave, an installment of the Women's Professional Lacrosse League (WPLL). In their inaugural season, the Brave made a trip to the WPLL championship game. Slade, along with former UMBC standout Carolyn Jamison, helped lead the Brave to a WPLL title in 2019.
Slade is one of four inductees with ties to UMBC, joining former head men's lacrosse coach Don Zimmerman (2017), former men's lacrosse player George McGeeney '82 (2002), and contributor Dick Watts (2008). She is also the seventh honoree from the University of Virginia women's lacrosse program, joining Kara Ariza Cooke (2019), Robyn Nye Wood (2017), Bonnie Rosen (2010), Cherie Greer Brown (2009), Heather C. Dow (2002), and Julie R. Williams (2002).