The William Smith College Athletic Department and Heron lacrosse program will host a book signing and panel discussion centered on the new book, “Women Play Lacrosse – A History of the International Field Game,” written by co-authors Jim Calder ’79 and Ron Fletcher.
Calder, who has two daughters attending William Smith and playing lacrosse for the Herons, and Fletcher will sign copies of their book from 7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 22 in Winn-Seeley Gymnasium. At 7:30 p.m., Calder will serve as the moderator of a panel discussion on women’s lacrosse. Panelists will include U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame Coach Pat Genovese, current William Smith Head Lacrosse Coach Anne Phillips, current Le Moyne Head Lacrosse Coach Kathy Taylor and Fletcher.
Copies of “Women Play Lacrosse – A History of the International Field Game” can be purchased during the event for $30. The book can also be purchased for $35 (which includes shipping and handling) by calling the Heron Athletic Department at (315) 781-3496. “Women Play Lacrosse – A History of the International Field Game” will be on sale in The College Store beginning Oct. 23. A portion of all sales through William Smith will be donated to the Heron lacrosse team.
Calder was inducted into the Hobart Athletic Hall of Fame in 2003. The two-time All-American helped lead the Statesmen to NCAA Division II National Championships in 1976 and 1977. Currently residing in Ajax, Ontario, Calder helped Team Canada win the 1978 FIL World Championship and also played on the 1982 Canadian National Team at the World Championships. Calder and Fletcher’s first collaboration was on the book, “Lacrosse – The Ancient Game,” which was published in 2011.
In addition to his work with Calder, Fletcher has also penned historical books on the Don and Humber rivers. He is a founder and officer of various historical societies in Toronto and a frequent lecturer.
Topics covered in “Women Play Lacrosse – A History of the International Field Game” include the game’s early beginnings throughout the British Empire, structure and direction provided by England, early touring on both sides of the Atlantic, survival of the game through WWII, a look at some of the most famous post-war tours, Title IX and the emergence of the USA as the world power, the creation of world championships and expansion of the game to nations such as Australia, Canada, Japan and the Huaudenosaunne.
About the panelists
Pat Genovese served William Smith College for nearly 44 years as an administrator, teacher, coach, and mentor. At some point in her career, she coached nearly every sport the Herons offer, but is best known for her success on the lacrosse field. Over the course of 39 seasons, Genovese compiled an overall record of 385-158-1 (.709), notching 29 winning seasons, 16 NCAA tournament berths, 11 trips to the NCAA Semifinals, and five NCAA Championship game appearances. She coached 94 All-Americans, including seven student-athletes that were named their position’s National Player of the Year. Genovese is a member of several halls of fame, including the US Lacrosse Hall of Fame (Class of 2009) and the Heron Hall of Honor (Class of 1999). She was named the NCAA Division III National Coach of the Year three times while also earning Regional Coach of the Year and State Coach of the Year honors three times each.
Anne Phillips is in her first year at William Smith College. She joined the Herons after seven seasons as the head coach at Yale University. She mentored 19 All-Ivy League selections, including four each in 2014 and 2015. She joined the Bulldogs after six seasons as the head coach at Franklin & Marshall College. With the Diplomats, she was the program’s all-time wins leader, sporting a 93-24 record. Phillips led the Diplomats to back-to-back Centennial Conference championships (2007-08) and three consecutive NCAA tournament appearances (2006-08). In 2007, she guided the team to an undefeated season that culminated in winning the NCAA Division III National Championship which was hosted by William Smith on McCooey Field. Phillips helped select the US Women’s Lacrosse National Team that won the World Cup in 2009 and 2013.
Kathy Taylor is in her second year as the head coach at Le Moyne. In her first season, she guided the Dolphins to an 18-4 record, a runner-up finish in the Northeast-10 Conference and an appearance in the NCAA Division II National Semifinals. The former head coach at SUNY Cortland, Taylor directed the Red Dragons to a record of 115-17 while capturing six consecutive SUNYAC Championships in six seasons. She has also coached at the scholastic level, leading the Fayetteville-Manlius High School girls’ lacrosse program from 1988 to 2006. A 1984 graduate of Cornell, she was the first Big Red women’s lacrosse player to earn first team All-Ivy honors.