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Vaughan '90 and (Downing) Nelson '94 Named Finalists for National Lacrosse Hall of Fame

Two former Crimson student-athletes named finalists for induction to the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard alumnae Sarah (Downing) Nelson ’94 and Maggie Vaughan ’90 are among the 12 finalists on the 2012 National Lacrosse Hall of Fame women’s ballot. From this ballot, the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame voting committee will select the 2012 induction class. U.S. Lacrosse will announce the inductees prior to Memorial Day weekend.

Vaughan, a 2005 inductee to the Harvard Athletics Hall of Fame, was named the Ivy League’s Player of the Year in 1990 while helping the Crimson to the program’s first NCAA Championship. A four-time All-Ivy League first team selection and four-time Ivy League champion, Vaughan’s teams went 50-8-1 overall and a perfect 23-0 in Ancient Eight play during her time in Cambridge. She was named a first team All-American following the 1989 and 1990 seasons, and was a member of the U.S. National Team in 1993 and 1997. In 2005, Vaughan was inducted into the USL’s Potomac Chapter Lacrosse Hall of Fame.

Nelson won two Ivy League championships as a member of the Crimson and was a three-time All-Ivy honoree. She was also named to the All-America second team in 1992 and 1994, and was chosen to play in the North/South All-Star Game following her senior campaign. Nelson graduated from Harvard with 97 career goals, ranking her 11th in program history, after helping the Crimson to a 49-12 overall record and 22-2 mark in Ivy League play. She was a three-time member of the U.S. National Team (1997, 2001, 2005) after leaving Cambridge, and in 2002, she was the recipient of the Beth Allen Award from U.S. Lacrosse. Nelson was inducted into the USL’s New England Chapter Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2005.