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Men’s lacrosse: Navy’s Jarboe, Taylor to be Inducted into Greater Baltimore Hall of Fame

Wednesday, 16th January 2013

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, Posted 1/16/13
From Press Release

Navy graduate Mickey Jarboe, a two-time Ensign C. Markland Kelly Award winner, and former Mid Pete Taylor, a three-time All-American, are among the 10 men and women who will have their names enshrined into the Greater Baltimore Chapter of the US Lacrosse Hall of Fame on Saturday. In addition to Jarboe and Taylor, this year’s hall of fame inductees include Jennifer Breakey, Kara Carlin, Megan Clark, Tricia Dabrowski, Bob Martino, Lorne Smith, Rick Wey and Suzanne Williams.

The annual Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held at the Hillendale Country Club in Phoenix, Md. from 5:30 – 10:30 pm.

A native of Towson, Md., and one of the most decorated players in Navy lacrosse history, Jarboe is one of only 13 players ever to win the Ensign C. Markland Kelly Award, presented to the nation’s top goalkeeper, multiple times.

Jarboe received the award in 1999 when he guided the Mids to their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1994 and a year later was presented the award a second time. Meanwhile, he is one of seven goalkeepers in program history to earn the award and joins Dennis Wedekind as Navy’s only two-time Kelly Award winners.

A two-time First-Team All-American, Jarboe was the 2000 recipient of the Naval Academy Sword for Men which is presented annually to that midshipman of the graduating class to have personally excelled in athletics during his years of varsity competition. A native of Towson, Md., Jarboe concluded his college career as Navy’s career saves leader with 701 stops and ranks No. 2 in single-season saves, recording 215 in 1999. He is one of only three players in program history to make 200-plus saves in a single season.

Jarboe graduated from the Naval Academy in May of 2000 with a bachelor of science degree in political science. He was commissioned an ensign in the United States Navy where he would spend the next nine-and-a-half years as a helicopter pilot. A Lt. Cmdr. select, Jarboe spent his last duty command in San Diego, Calif. where he was a helicopter instructor before leaving the Navy in March of 2010.

While committed to his responsibilities as a helicopter pilot in the Navy, he also took advantage of a once in a lifetime opportunity of playing professional lacrosse. Jarboe was acquired by the now defunct Los Angeles Riptide in 2007 and alongside former Navy midfielder Graham Gill, was named a Major League Lacrosse All-Star. A year later, he was named the Warrior Goalkeeper of the Year and an MLL All-Star for a second-straight year as he led the Riptide to Championship Weekend for a second-consecutive season.

The Riptide showed particular allegiance to the Naval Academy, as the 2007 team fielded seven former Navy lacrosse players. Joining Jarboe were Gill (‘05), Sean Donnelly (‘92), Mitch Hendler (‘05), Chris Pieczonka (‘05), Matt Russell (‘06) and Jon Birsner (‘06).

Jarboe joined the Navy lacrosse staff as the volunteer assistant in the summer of 2011. His experience played a huge role in mentoring keeper RJ Wickham in his senior year, directing him to All-Patriot League recognition for a second time in his career. Wickham anchored the defensive efforts for the Mids from the goal where he was ranked ninth nationally in saves per game (11.25) and 10th in save percentage (.570). Collectively, Navy’s defense was ranked 14th nationally where it allowed 8.92 goals per game, while the man-down unit gave up just 10 extra-man goals on the year and was ranked eighth.

Pete “The Shot” Taylor was a Gilman School (Baltimore, Md.) product who received All-Maryland recognition as a midfielder before heading off to the Naval Academy in 1960.

Freshmen were not eligible to play at the varsity level at that time, however, Taylor garnered Third-Team All-America honors in 1962, second-team recognition in ’63 and was a first-team selection in ’64. His teams at that time either won or shared the USILA National Championship, including the 1964 squad that put together a flawless 10-0-0 mark that featured an 18-7 victory over Army.

Taylor served as a team captain for the ’64 team and was also selected to play in the North-South Game that same year. The moniker Pete “The Shot’ was derived from a description in the Baltimore Sun noting that he possessed the hardest shot in college lacrosse in 1963.

Upon graduation from the Academy in 1964, Taylor embarked on a distinguished career as a Navy pilot, achieving the rank of Captain. During his 27 years of service, he had 13 deployments, over 6,000 hours of flight time and 1223 carrier landings. Taylor was instrumental in starting the Jacksonville Lacrosse Club in the mid-70’s, although his numerous deployments prevented him from significant playing and coaching opportunities.

Taylor is a member of the Naval Academy Athletic Hall of Fame and currently resides in Virginia Beach, Va.


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