Matt Striebel ’97 was inducted into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame in a ceremony held in Maryland on Oct. 19.
In attendance was longtime boys lacrosse coach Chris Burchfield, who coached Striebel during his time in Lakeville.
“When [Striebel] enrolled, I knew we had the privilege of working with a true scholar/athlete,” said Burchfield. “He never took his talents for granted while at Hotchkiss, and he remained impressively dedicated to his work, his teammates, and his school.
In his citation from the committee, Striebel was lauded for his play in college, as a professional, and also as a member of US national teams.
“Striebel will be inducted as a truly great player. He was a two-time All-American at Princeton University, splitting time during his career between attack and midfield. Striebel helped the Tigers capture two NCAA championships during his career, winning the title in 1998 and 2001. He was also a part of four Ivy League championships, and earned all-Ivy honors three times (1999, 2000, 2001).
“Striebel played on three U.S. National Teams, helping to claim world championships in 2002 and 2010, and a runner-up finish in 2006. He also enjoyed a 13-year professional career in Major League Lacrosse, earning all-star honors nine times and All-Pro status in 2007 & 2008. He was a part of three MLL championships, and selected as the Championship Game MVP in 2007. He finished his MLL career with 225 goals, 120 assists, and 355 points, ranking among the top 10 all-time in each category.
“A product of Gill, Mass., Striebel was inducted into the US Lacrosse Western Massachusetts Chapter Hall of Fame in 2014,” according to a release from the Hall of Fame.