Women's Lacrosse Great Francesca Den Hartog Selected for National Lacrosse Hall of Fame

Photo courtesy of Harvard Athletic Communications.

Former Harvard women’s lacrosse player Francesca Den Hartog ’83 will be inducted into the 2010 National Lacrosse Hall of Fame as announced by the US Lacrosse Board of Directors Wednesday.

Den Hartog is one of eight inductees for the Class of 2010 which will be inducted in a ceremony on Saturday, Oct. 30 at The Grand Lodge in Hunt Valley, Md.

Francesca Den Hartog, a two-time All-American for the Crimson, was a team captain in 1983. She is a four-time first-team All-Ivy League recipient, one of only four women in the Ivy League to accomplish that feat. Den Hartog was the Ivy League Player of the Year in 1981 and 1982 and was voted to the Ivy League Silver Anniversary Women’s Lacrosse Team in 1999. 

She holds the Harvard program record for all-time goals (249), all-time points (315), single season goals (83) and goals in a single game (9), and she is the Ivy League record holder for most points scored in Ivy League games in a single season (46).

Den Hartog helped Harvard to three Ivy League titles during her four years with the Crimson, going an unprecedented 20-3 in league games from 1980-83. In 1981, the Crimson advanced to the semifinals of the AIAW National Championships and in 1983, Harvard made it to the quarterfinals of the first-ever NCAA Championships.

She played for the U.S. Women’s National Team, First Team (1982, 1988, 1989); Reserve Team (1983, 1984, 1985, 1987); U.S. World Cup Team (1982, 1986, 1989); and the U.S. Touring Team (1984, 1987).  As a club player, Hartog was a 14-year participant (New England I, Philadelphia I and Hampshire Club) and received the Beth Allen Award in 1998.  Also in 1998, Hartog was inducted into the Harvard Varsity Club Hall of Fame and in 2000, into the US Lacrosse New England Chapter Lacrosse Hall of Fame.

Den Hartog went on to coach at Yale from 1985-93 and Massachusetts from 1993-99. She led the Bulldogs to a No. 7 ranking nationally and to two ECAC titles during her tenure, and in her final season with the Minutewomen, coached the nation’s best goaltender.

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