Former Blue Jay All-American A.J. Haugen Elected to National Lacrosse Hall of Fame
By Ernie Larossa
Associate AD/Director of Athletic Communications
BALTIMORE, MD – A.J. Haugen, a three-time First Team USILA All-American during his career at Johns Hopkins from 1997-2000, has been elected to the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame it was announced today. Haugen is one of nine individuals who will be inducted in a ceremony scheduled for Saturday, September 29, 2018 at The Grand Lodge in Hunt Valley, Maryland.
Tickets for the 2018 National Lacrosse Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, sponsored by RPS Bollinger and the Markel Insurance Company, will be available to the public for purchase beginning August 1. Tickets will be sold online at uslacrosse.org/HOF.
Haugen’s selection brings the total number of Johns Hopkins inductees in the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame to 71. At least one former Blue Jay coach or player has been inducted in 15 of the last 21 years and the annual induction class has included at least one Johns Hopkins representative 51 times since the first class was inducted in 1957.
Haugen earned First Team All-America honors as a sophomore (1998), junior (1999) and senior (2000), grabbed a spot on the NCAA All-Tournament Team in 2000 and was named to the All-Time Johns Hopkins Team at the conclusion of his career. He was inducted into the Long Island Chapter of the Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2012 and the Johns Hopkins Athletic Hall of Fame in 2013. He remains one of just 21 players in school history to earn First Team All-America honors three times and is one of just four midfielders to accomplish this feat.
One of the most feared dodging midfielders in the nation, Haugen concluded his career with 85 goals and 23 assists for 108 points. His 85 goals ranked third in school history at the time among players who exclusively played midfield; nearly 20 years after graduating he still ranks fourth among midfielders and 30th overall in career goals at Johns Hopkins. Haugen’s five-goal effort in the 2000 NCAA Semifinals against Syracuse remains the last time a Johns Hopkins player has scored five or more goals in the national semifinals.
Beyond his career at Johns Hopkins, Haugen enjoyed success on the international and professional levels as well. He helped the United States Under-19 Team to a gold medal in 1996 and was later a member of the silver-medal-winning 2006 United States National Team.
Haugen played six seasons in the MLL (2001-06) with the first five years as a member of the Long Island Lizards and the last as a member of the New Jersey Pride. He played in 70 career regular season games and totaled 124 goals and 48 assists for 172 points. He helped the Lizards to the MLL title in 2001 and 2003 and counted 14 goals and 12 assists to his credit in eight career playoff games for the Lizards. He scored at least 17 goals in each of his six MLL seasons and topped the 20-goal mark four times with a career-high 26 during Long Island’s run to the 2003 league championship.
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