When I was playing lacrosse and coaching for the Wembley Lacrosse Club in Perth, Australia, I got the chance to meet Sarah Forbes a couple of times, as she was starring for Wembley’s women’s team, the Waves. I remember her being incredibly nice, and someone who truly loved the game of lacrosse.
I had heard about her dominance and skill before I ever saw her play, but when I did finally catch her in a game, I remember being extremely impressed. And I’m pretty sure she was recovering from an injury back then as well… needless to say, Sarah Forbes is a seriously amazing women’s lacrosse player.
So when we got the news that Forbes was being inducted into the University of Maryland’s Hall of Fame, we were understandably excited! Forbes graduated from UMd in 1997 and studied Marine Biology. Sarah was a 4-year starter and three time All-American. While at UMd, Forbes was on three national championship teams, and one national runner-up team (WOW!), and was named the national offensive player of the year AND female ACC athlete of the year as a Senior.
If there is a Terp athlete that deserves this honor more than Sarah Forbes, we’d love to hear about it!
However, Maryland wasn’t the end for Forbes, and she’s still going strong now in the sport. In 2001, 2005 and 2009, Forbes was named to the Aussie National Team as a player and captain, and in 2005 the Aussies took the title, and Forbes was named MVP alongside making the World Team. Currently, Sarah plays and coaches for Wembley, the Western Australia State Team, and the National Team.
Forbes will be inducted into the Maryland Hall of Fame alongside fellow Australian National Team member, Jen Adams, on October 5th, 2012 at the Riggs Athletic Center. Thanks to Shendelle Oliver for sending over some information, and best of luck to Sarah and the WA women in the Australian National Championships in Perth this coming October.
If YOU might be interested in playing some lacrosse Down Under, we HIGHLY recommend getting in contact with the Wembley Lacrosse Club. Check out their Membership page at the bottom for more information on how you might able to live the dream for a season of Australian Lacrosse.