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Former Manheim Township coach Lefever to be Inducted into Central PA Lacrosse Hall of Fame

Dec 2, 2016 5:26 PM
John Walk, Sports Writer

The Central Pennsylvania Chapter of US Lacrosse is set to create its own Hall of Fame, with an inaugural induction class featuring former Manheim Township boys lacrosse coach Richard Lefever.

Lefever is among six people set to be inducted in the inaugural class, with the induction event to be held Jan. 29 at the Sheraton Harrisburg/Hershey Hotel from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Here's Lefever's accomplishments from the LNP archives:

Township won 173 games under Lefever (76 losses) and, along with Hempfield, became the gold standard for lacrosse programs in District Three.

The Blue Streaks played in every league championship game since its inception in 2003, through Lefever's time there as coach in 2010, winning four titles.

Since 2004 Township played in every district title game (formerly Central Pennsylvania Scholastic Lacrosse Association), striking gold four straight seasons from 2006-2009.

In four of the last five of Lefever's years as coach, Manheim Township ended their seasons with losses to the eventual state champions while reaching the semifinals three times and championship game twice.

Township made its first Keystone Cup (state championship) appearance in 2006, and returned in 2008 (losing 7-5 to LaSalle). The final two years with Lefever as coach, the Streaks fell in the state semis to LaSalle and Conestoga - both went on to the win state gold.

In Lefever's final season, Manheim Township knocked off District One's Garnet Valley, 11-4, in the first round of the PIAA playoffs, becoming the first team from outside the Philadelphia area to knock off a Philly area team in the state playoffs.

Lefever coached 10 players that earned scholastic All-America honors. Lefever's best player was Tim Stratton, who set the nation's career points record with 589 in 2007.

Nine former Township players played on NCAA teams last season, including four at the Division I level.

And here's more on Lefever from a press release provided by Central PA Chapter of US Lacrosse:

Lefever pioneered the boy’s game in Lancaster County. He founded the Manheim Township K-12 lacrosse program by staging camps and skills clinics and for a decade, and he directed the Manheim Township Lacrosse Association. He coached Manheim Township High School Boys Lacrosse from 2000 to 2010. His tenure included five section championships, four Lancaster-Lebanon League championships, four District 3 championships, and two western PA championships. US Lacrosse recognized 16 of his players as All-Americans or Academic All-Americans. He was a five-time coach of the year. Lefever’s high school coaching experience includes stints as a Keystone Games Coach, Adidas National Tournament Coach, and Brine National Classic Team Coach. Lefever is currently offensive coordinator at NCAA Division III Elizabethtown College, which earned the Landmark Conference Coaching Staff of the Year Award in 2015. The Central Pennsylvania Chapter is grateful for Lefever’s service as a former board member.

The public is invited to attend the Hall of Fame event and can purchase tickets here. The Central PA Chapter of US Lacrosse is one of 68 chapters in 45 states that supports the efforts of local lacrosse lovers to grow the game.

 

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