Jan. 27, 2005
Jon Reese '90, the former All-Ivy Yale football player and lacrosse All-American, will be inducted into the Long Island Metropolitan Lacrosse Hall of Fame on Friday, Feb. 4, at the Smithtown Sheraton in Smithtown, N.Y., at 7 p.m.
Reese, who becomes the first Bulldog player in the Long Island Hall of Fame, joins six others being inducted that night.
Reese, the most prolific player in the history of Bulldog lacrosse, was one of the greatest athletes in Yale sports. Between lacrosse and football, Reese, Yale's 1990 William Neely Mallory Award winner (top male athlete), earned four Ivy League championships.
Reese, whose Yale squad will host the annual dinner at the Yale Club of New York for alumni, parents and friends on Feb. 11 at 6 p.m., was the 1990 New England and Ivy League Player of the Year as well as first-team All-America and the Lt. Don C. McLaughlin Jr. Memorial Award winner for the outstanding Division I midfielder. That spring he scored an NCAA record 82 goals while leading the Bulldogs to the NCAA semifinals.
"Jon Reese is the best player in Yale Lacrosse history," said Eli head coach Andy Shay. "This is a tremendous honor for him and his family, for Yale University and for our lacrosse program."
Reese, a three-time first-team All-Ivy pick and the 1987 league Rookie of the Year, is the school's all-time leader in points (200) and goals (162). He was one of seven midfielders named to the NCAA's Silver Anniversary Team in 1995.
While earning four varsity lacrosse letters, the West Babylon, N.Y., native had three football letters and captained the gridiron Bulldogs to a 1989 Ivy title as a linebacker with 122 tackles.
Since graduation, Reese has worked in investment banking for both Lehman Brothers and HSBC Securities, spent a year as interim associate head lacrosse coach at Yale and he currently does some work in real estate.
"It is great to be honored for something you really love to do, so it doesn't get better than that," said Reese, who was getting ready for tonight's Ivy Football Association Dinner at the Waldorf Astoria. "As we get older, it's nice to be remembered for something we used to be. To be the first for anything from Yale is something I could have only imagined."
He and his wife, Barbara, and sons, Jonathan (10) and Christopher (8) and daughter, Katelyn (5), live in West Islip, N.Y. His brother, Jason '87, was a goalie on the Yale lacrosse team, while his father, Walter, played lacrosse at Syracuse and coached both high school lacrosse and football on Long Island.
If you are interested in attending the hall of fame induction, go to www.limetrolax.org/halloffame.cfm.
Report filed by Steve Conn, Yale Assistant AD/Sports Publicity Director