March 24, 2006
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA--The lacrosse programs at Johns Hopkins University and the University of Virginia have joined together to honor Edward Doyle Smith Jr., for his lifetime of contributions to the lacrosse programs at both schools and on the national level. Beginning with Saturday's game between the two schools, the game will each season be played for The Doyle Smith Cup. The Blue Jays and Cavaliers have their annual clash at 1 pm at Klöckner Stadium in Charlottesville.
"Our coaching staff and players are excited to be a part of something that honors Doyle Smith, a man who dedicated so much of his time and energy to the sport of lacrosse," Johns Hopkins men's lacrosse coach Dave Pietramala said. "This is a wonderful tribute to Doyle and the Johns Hopkins men's lacrosse program is proud to pay tribute to him for all that he did for this game."
Smith served as team manager and statistician for Johns Hopkins under head coach Bob Scott from 1963-1968. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1966 and earned a masters degree in 1968. He received the Barton Cup for academic excellence and the H Club Cup for contributions to athletics at Johns Hopkins.
He worked as an assistant sports information director at the University of Virginia from 1968 until his retirement in 1999, serving as the lacrosse team's statistician for four head coaches--Buddy Beardmore, Glenn Thiel, Jim Adams and Dom Starsia.
On the national level, Smith is credited with the standardization of game statistics. He was the Information Director for the U.S. Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) and twice received their Man of the Year Award. The USILA media award bears his name. In 2000 he was elected to the US Lacrosse Hall of Fame as the first only non-player and coach ever selected. Smith passed away in June 2004.
At halftime a commemorative plaque will be presented to each school. Former head coach Bob Scott of Johns Hopkins and former University of Virginia head coach Jim Adams will accept on behalf of the lacrosse programs. At the conclusion of the game, Bob Sandell, a 1951 graduate of Johns Hopkins, UVa lacrosse coach from 1955-58, longtime official and Hall of Fame member will present the First Doyle Smith Cup.