An article about FIL President Stan Cockerton’s National Lacrosse Hall of Fame induction by Paul Ohanian (USLacrosse.org)
Stan Cockerton, one of eight new Class of 2014 inductees into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame, readily admits that virtually his entire life is wrapped up in lacrosse. His family life, his volunteer activities, his professional endeavors—it’s all lacrosse, all the time.
Cockerton, being inducted on October 25 as a truly great player, was a four-time All-ACC player and four-time All-American at North Carolina State University from 1977-80. A prolific scorer, he still ranks third all-time in NCAA Division I history with 193 career goals, first all-time in goals per game with 4.39, and second all-time in points per game with 6.36. A native of Oshawa, Ontario, Cockerton also participated as a club player for the Oshawa Blue Knights from 1979-95, and played for Team Canada in the FIL World Championship in 1978, 1982 and 1990. Cockerton had six goals and three assists in Canada’s 17-16 victory over Team USA in the 1978 final, including the game-winning goal in overtime. He currently serves as president of the Federation of International Lacrosse and executive director of the Ontario Lacrosse Association.
“Lacrosse defines my life,” Cockerton said. “Pretty much everything I do is lacrosse.”
Stan Cockerton: National Lacrosse Hall of Fame
National Lacrosse Hall of Fame class of 2014 member Stan Cockerton on why lacrosse defines his life.
A summary of Cockerton’s career highlights:
- Four-time All-American at North Carolina State: 1st Team (1980); 2nd Team (1978, 1979); 3rd Team (1977)
- Four-time selectee to All-ACC team (1977, 1978, 1979, 1980)
- Selected to North-South All-Star Game as a senior (1980)
- Selected to ACC’s 50th Anniversary Team (2003)
- Ranks 3rd in NCAA history with 193 goals scored, and 15th in career points with 280
- All-time NCAA leader in goals per game average with 4.39
- Ranks second in NCAA history in points per game average with 6.36
- Three-time member of the Canadian Men’s National Team (1978, 1982, 1990)
- Scored the game-winning overtime goal in the 1978 gold medal game
- Served as vice-president of the International Lacrosse Foundation (now FIL) from 2003-2012
- Currently serves as president of the Federation of International Lacrosse (2012-2016)
- Currently serves as Executive Director of the Ontario Lacrosse Association (1986-present)
- Inducted previously into the Oshawa Sports Hall of Fame (1990)
- Inducted previously into the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame (2003)
Read more here about Cockerton and the other 2014 inductees to the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame.
Original article on US Lacrosse website:
Hall of Fame Inductee Cockerton: “Lacrosse Defines My Life”
Original article about all 2014 NHOF inductees on US Lacrosse website:
National Lacrosse Hall of Fame Announces 2014 Inductees
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