Dressel Elected to National Lacrosse Hall of Fame
BALTIMORE, Md. -- Delvern (Del) Dressel, a 1986 graduate of Johns Hopkins University and a four-year standout on the Blue Jay lacrosse team, will be inducted into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame in ceremonies scheduled for October 12, 2002. Dressel, one of 10 individuals who will comprise the 45th class to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, is the 58th person to be inducted into the Hall of Fame who has a tie to Johns Hopkins. Johns Hopkins accounts for nearly 20 percent of the 293 individuals (including this year's class) who have been inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Dressel ranks among Hopkins' all-time leaders in scoring as he tallied 99 goals and added 75 assists for 174 points. His 75 assists and 174 points are the most ever by a Hopkins midfielder, while his 99 goals are one shy of the school record for goals by a midfielder. He is the only Johns Hopkins midfielder to amass over 150 career points.
Easily one of the most decorated players in the history of college lacrosse, Dressel is one of just three players in the history of college lacrosse to earn First Team All-America honors four times. He was twice honored as the Lt. Donald McLaughlin, Jr. Award winner as the nation's outstanding midfielder and was named to the Johns Hopkins All-Time Team when he concluded his career in 1986. He was named to the NCAA's Silver Anniversary Team in 1995 and he was inducted into the Johns Hopkins Athletic Hall of Fame in 1998.
Consistency was the trademark of Dressel's game as he scored at least 22 goals each season, but never had more than 27. In addition, he had at least 17 assists but never more than 20 in any season at JHU. He led the Blue Jays in scoring as a freshman with 46 points on 27 goals and 19 assists and added 27 goals and 17 assists in the undefeated 1984 championship season. He posted 23 goals and 19 assists as a junior when the Blue Jays won their second straight national championship and appeared in the NCAA title game for the ninth straight year. He capped his career with a 22-goal, 20-assist showing as a senior.
During his career, Dressel scored 40 or more points in each of his four seasons. Amazingly, in the 16 seasons since then Johns Hopkins has had a midfielder score 40 or more points just once. Dressel was especially effective in NCAA Tournament games as he ranks second on Hopkins' all-time NCAA Tournament goal-scoring list (24) and tied for third on the all-time points list (36).
Dressel led Johns Hopkins to a pair of national championships, one other appearance in the national championship game and an appearance in the NCAA semifinals during his career from 1983-86. Johns Hopkins posted a staggering 49-5 (.907) record during Dressel's career with all five losses coming by just one goal. The Blue Jays posted a perfect 14-0 record in 1984 en route to winning the NCAA Championship, while the 1985 team posted a 13-1 mark while repeating as NCAA Champions.
Dressel graduated from Johns Hopkins 1986 with a degree in natural sciences. He went on to graduate from Tulane Medical School in 1990 and completed his residency in psychiatry at UC Irvine in 1995. He became board certified in psychiatry in 1997 and is currently is practicing psychiatrist in Baltimore.
Johns Hopkins has had at least one individual inducted into the Hall of Fame in 38 of the 45 years since the inaugural class was inducted in 1957. Hopkins had three individuals inducted in 1959, 1969 and 1977 and has had more than one individual inducted 17 times.
The 10 new inductees to the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame are: Nancy Vadner Chance (player, coach, official), Zack Colburn (Penn), Heather Dow (Virginia), Del Dressel (Johns Hopkins), Eleanor "Pete" Kay Hess (player, coach, official), Sandra Hoody (Towson), Gerard (Roddy) Marino (Virginia), George McGeeney (UMBC), Bill Tierney (Princeton), Julie Williams (Virginia-player, Penn State-coach).
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