Bethlehem & UA’s Katie Rowan Has #21 Retired by Syracuse WLax
Sunday was a special day for the Bethlehem Eagles and one of their talented alumni. The Syracuse University Athletic Department held a ceremony retiring the jersey of Bethlehem High School graduate and University at Albany women’s lacrosse head coach Katie (Rowan) Thomson. Thompson wore #21 during her four-year career with the Syracuse Orange.
"I was absolutely speechless to find out. I was really surprised and taken aback and overwhelmed. When it finally sunk in it was really exciting because I see it as a true celebration of our women’s lacrosse program. It’s all about the team, my teammates, and the players before and after me. I thank the University and appreciate the athletic department for recognizing females in this way. It’s really an incredible step." It is a well deserved honor for one of the greatest women's lacrosse players in Syracuse University history.
Sunday was dubbed ‘Lacrosse Legends Day’. Thomson was one of three featured honorees from the Syracuse men’s and women’s lacrosse programs. Gary Gait, arguably the greatest men’s lacrosse players in history, saw his #22 jersey from his playing career with the Orange honored, but not taken out of circulation. Roy Simmons Jr. became just the sixth individual enshrined in Syracuse’s Ring of Honor, which recognizes individuals for their incredible contributions to Syracuse University that transcend their sport.
I had the pleasure of working with Katie and her husband, Associate Head Coach of the men's lacrosse program, Merrick Thomson at UAlbany for years. It would be tough to find two nicer people. They are both outstanding, hard-working coaches that care deeply about their student-athletes. Congratulations to Katie. She was as good on the field, as she is as a coach and as a person. Click HERE for a cool video posted by the UAlbany women's lacrosse team for their awesome coach. Thanks to our guys John Reilly and Taylor O'Connor at UAlbany for sending the Twitter post and the pictures.