Rochester Chapter Installs 23rd HOF Class

- The Greater Rochester Chapter of US Lacrosse held their 2016 Hall of Fame dinner Friday night at the Burgundy Basin Inn in Pittsford.Hall of Fame

With the largest attendance in the event's history, over one hundred fans, friends, teammates along with many members of the Hall of Fame, gathered to induct four individuals, and for the first time, two teams into the Greater Rochester Lacrosse Hall of Fame.

Chapter President, Al McLiverty welcomed the fans and families. For the first time in quite a few years, Mike Riorden did not act as the Master of Ceremonies as he was honored as a member of the class of 2016. In his place were HOF members Scott Schwind and Mark Rice.

After dinner Amy Backus-Kelly opened the celebrations as she gave an emotion-filled introduction of the first inductee, her husband, Tom Kelly. Jeffry Price introduced his father John Price. Brent Rothfus, a HOF member had high praises for his sister, Heidi Rothfuss Rasmussen and Blaze Ridorden introduced his father, Mike Riorden. Hall of famer, Patty Queen spoke about the 1998 Girls Penn Yan Lacrosse team, which was the first team to be inducted and the first Section V team to win a NYS title. Nate Synder, a member of the Penn Yan 2001boys lacrosse team, introduced his teammates. Coaches Brian Hobart and Harry Queener also spoke about the 2001 team that was the first boys lacrosse team from Section V to win a NYS title.

  A copy of the dinner program is available.

Galleries are also available: Group 1 - Group 2 - Group 3 - Group 4 - Group 5


Thomas R. Kelly

Player: Irondequoit High School - Farmingdale and University of Maryland

Tom KellyHighlights:

- Irondequoit High School League Championship Team

- Upstate Lacrosse Conference midfielder 1st team 1966 - 2nd team 1967

- Long Island Lacrosse Club B team 1968

- While at SUNY Farmingdale: National Junior College All American (1st team), Team Captain (twice), MVP.

- All Tournament Team 1969 and 1970

- Region XV Midfield, Most goals 1970

- Maryland NCAA runner up 1971

- Rochester Lacrosse Club 1967-1968

- Irondequoit Lacrosse Club 1968-1973

John Price

Contributor: Official - Coach - Program Developer

Tom KellyHighlights:

Founder/Director HF-L Lacrosse program 1996-2011

Coaches all levels through High School Varsity

Monroe County Man of the Year 2002

Monroe County Assistant Coach of the Year 2002

GVLOA member since 1986

Officiated all levels including high school games, sectional finals, Empire State Games Golf medal games

Current: officials evaluator for GVLOA

NILOA (College Officials) member 1988-current

Officiated NCAA and NJCAA games. NCAA tournament games, finals and championship, conference tournament games and ECAC playoffs.

Member US Lacrosse ILF Officials 1998-2014

Officiates 2002 World Championship Games in Perth Australia

Heidi Rothfuss Rasmussen

Player/Contributor: Penfield - Penn State / Coach / Program Developer

Heidi Rothfuss RasmussenHighlights:

High School All American 1997

First team All League 199501997

National team 1997

Pittsford Head Coach 2001-2013

Section V Titles 2010, 2011

Monroe County Coach of the Year, AGR Coach of the year and NYS finals 2011

2012-current: Penfield Recreation Director/Coach 3&4 yearolds, 5&6 yearolds.

2016: Created and implemented developmentally appropriate curriculum for girls kindergarten division

Owner/Director: Lady Panthers Lacrosse Club 2001-current

Pittsford Youth Girls Lacrosse program Director 2001-2013

Michael D. Riorden

Player/Contributor: Rush-Henrietta - North Country CC / Coach / Official / Program Developer

Mike RiordenHighlights:

Played at Rush-Henrietta 1976-1980

1980-1983: North County CC - Captain in 1983

Men's lacrosse player from 1983 to current

Partner, Intense Sports

Fairport Youth coach

Initiated Fairport Travel team

High School lacrosse official 2000-2006

US Lacrosse tournament youth coach 2008 & 2012

Current Fairport Junior Varsity Head Coach

Greater Rochester Chapter HOF Master of Ceremonies 2008-current

1998 Penn Yan Girls Team


1998 PY Girls Team


Head Coach: Patricia Queener

Assistant Coach: Jennifer Trombley

Team Members: Lorra Podsiadlo, Michelle King, Susan Payne, LeAnn Karweck, Jessie Trombley, Sarah Queener, Brianne Bastian, Jessica Lerman, Ellie Wigden, Heather Enos, Emily Lilyea, Katy Jensen, Melinda Skinner, Sarah Swarthout, Courtney Maggart, Alaina Hey, Kristen Carlson, Stephanie Smolos, Adrian Snyder and Erica Henderson


2001 Penn Yan Boys Team


2001 PY Boys Team


Head Coach: Harry Queener

Assistant Coach: Brian Hobart

Team Members: Seniors: Ken Mayville, Brice Queener, Dan Martin, Chris Hammond, Joe Supple, Ken Colf, Tony Palmisano. Juniors: Mike Vanaman, Brian Chappel, Matt Karweck, Chris Manley, Patrick Brennan, Keith Colf, Shawn McNeil, Nate Synder, Matt Beckwith, Mark Beckwith, Calro Dirisio, Blake Archer, Sal Sciallo. Sophomores: Ryan Halbert, Brett Queener, Hans VanHouten, Jim Coriale. Freshman: Brendan Hamm, Derek Christensen, Ben McMinn.

Scokerkeeper: Eileen Jensen. Manager: Josh Morehouse.

Mike Vanaman was the offensive MVP of the State Chamnpionship game.


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