David was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2007. His citation is below:
Dave Svec came to Washington College from Kenwood High School in the fall of 1962 and became one of the most important players on the storied Shoremen lacrosse teams of the mid-1960s. Dave was a starting defenseman all four years at Washington College and helped lead the Shoremen to a 36-12 record and final national rankings of 13th, 7th, 10th, and 10th.
Dave’s prowess at shutting down the opposition had a substantial impact on his team’s success; during his final three years, only Johns Hopkins, Navy, and Virginia were able to score 10 or more goals on the vaunted Washington College defense.
On teams featuring numerous All-Americans and other future Washington College Hall of Famers, Dave stood out. He was a two-time All-America selection, earning honorable mention recognition in 1965 and third-team honors in 1966. He was also twice named to the All-Maryland team. He served as a team tri-captain and was named his team’s Most Valuable Player as a senior. Dave concluded his collegiate career with a stellar performance in the annual North-South Senior All-Star Game, starting on defense for the victorious South team.
Off the lacrosse field, Dave was heavily involved in campus life. He was a member of the Theta Chi Fraternity, serving as secretary and vice president. He was also active in both the Varsity Club and Student Government Association. As a senior, he earned honorable mention on the Dean’s List.
Following graduation, Dave served three years in the United States Army before being discharged as a first lieutenant. He then spent 30 years as Assistant Vice President for USF&G/St. Paul Companies, directing commercial automobile and general liability operations. A designated chartered property and casualty underwriter, he also established Svec Consulting, Inc., providing underwriting management guidance to companies.
Washington College considers it an honor and privilege to induct David J. Svec into its Athletic Hall of Fame on this sixth day of October, 2007.