Hall Of Fame Citation
Beth Matthews, a standout for both the field hockey and women’s lacrosse teams, was one of the best female student-athletes at Washington College during an era where women’s sports at the school grew significantly.
Beth transferred to Washington College from Marymount College and quickly established herself on the hockey field. A midfielder, she scored two goals and assisted on two others as a sophomore in 1986 and then led the team in scoring with 12 goals and nine assists in 1987, earning Team MVP, All-Conference and Regional All-American honorable mention recognition. In 1988, she repeated as team MVP and as an All-Conference selection while receiving Regional All-American first team honors following a four-goal, four-assist season. After she had exhausted her field hockey eligibility, she served as an assistant coach during the 1989 season.
Beth was equally skilled at lacrosse, leading the team in scoring with 31 goals and nine assists in 1987, her first season as a Shorewoman, to earn All-Conference honors. She added 24 goals and three assists the following year, before an injury limited her 1989 season. She finished her lacrosse career in 1990 by scoring 12 goals and earning Regional All-American and All-Conference honors. Following the season, she became the first Shorewoman to be selected to play in the North/South Senior All-Star Game, whose participants, at the time, were chosen from all three divisions. She earned Team MVP honors in lacrosse three times.
Beth was presented with Washington College’s Elizabeth “Bo” Blanchard Memorial Sportsmanship Award in 1988 and the Eldridge Eliason Award in 1990. During her playing career, she was selected, on an open-tryout basis, for numerous select teams in both field hockey and lacrosse and played with and against some of the other top players in the country, regardless of division.
Washington College considers it an honor and privilege to induct Elizabeth W. Matthews into its Athletic Hall of Fame on this tenth day of October, 2009.