Jay Elliot was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame in 2010. His Citation reads as follows:
Offensive players have goals and assists. Goalies have saves. Lacrosse defensemen, by and large, have reputation as their greatest statistic and Jay Elliott certainly earned his reputation as a lock-down defender on the successful Washington College men’s lacrosse teams of the early and mid 1970s.
A four-year letterman, Jay served as a team captain as a junior and senior. His defensive prowess was recognized on the national level, earning Division II-III All-America third-team honors as a junior in 1974 and Division II-III All-America second-team honors as a senior in 1975. He was also chosen to play in the 1975 North-South Senior All-Star Game.
Jay’s play helped lead the Shoremen to four consecutive national tournament appearances. In 1972 and 1973, the USILA College Division Tournament was held as a precursor to the NCAA Division II/III Tournament and the Shoremen reached the championship game both years. The NCAA began the Division II/III Tournament in 1974 as the Shoremen reached the quarterfinals. The following season, Jay’s senior year, the Shoremen advanced to the semifinals.
In addition to his outstanding play on the lacrosse field, Jay also participated in cross country in 1973 and 1974 and in track and field in 1974. He served as the school’s interim Sports Information Director from 1974-75.
Jay has enjoyed an outstanding career in the lacrosse world since his graduation from Washington College. He served as the Executive Director of US Lacrosse and the founder and editor of Lacrosse Magazine from 1976-1979, earning the USILA’s Man of the Year Award in 1977 and the Hero’s Lacrosse Man of the Year Award in 1978. He was also the chairman of the USILA Television Committee from 1976-1978.
Jay has been a member of the Western Connecticut Lacrosse Officials Association since 1992 and has been a member of that organization’s Board of Directors and its rules interpreter since 1999. He served on the US Lacrosse Board of Directors from 2005-2007.
With his life-long commitment to lacrosse, Jay has also remained committed to his alma mater, serving on the Washington College Visiting Committee from 1986-1990.
Washington College considers it an honor and privilege to induct Jay H. Elliott into its Athletic Hall of Fame on this 30th day of October, 2010.