CSU LACROSSE HALL OF FAME
Frank Smith was a defenseman for the Rams in the early 1990s and garnered national attention for his physical and intelligent style of play. He was also invited to play in the North/South All-Star Game, remaining the only player in the history of the program to do so. Despite playing slightly before the “golden” age of CSU Lacrosse, Smith still holds his own in the annual alumni game and has all the skills of the prototypical modern defenseman.
JD Doyle graduated from CSU in 1990 as a midfielder and long-stick midfielder. Since his graduation, he has gone on to officiate at every level, including both major indoor and outdoor professional leagues. Doyle has been instrumental in continuing to grow the sport in the state of Colorado and is certainly the most accomplished referee to ever come out of the program. Still at it today, you can see Doyle in action refereeing for MCLA, NCAA, MLL and NLL contests.
Pat Shanley was one of the most prolific scorers in Colorado State University Lacrosse history. Graduating in 1998, Shanley’s numbers place him at 4th all-time with 206 points on 138 goals and 68 assists. The catch is that stats were only kept for his senior season, making this feat all the more incredible. Shanley likely would lead the all-time points list by a long margin if stats were kept prior to his historic season in 1998. With incredible vision and field sense, Shanley single-handedly kept CSU in many games during his decorated career.
Mike Roth followed directly in the footsteps of Shanley, quickly becoming one of the most physical and dominant scorers in MCLA history. His 375 career points are tops all-time for the 2001 graduate and two-time national champion. Roth’s signature game came in 2000 when he scored 9 goals and had 1 assist as the Rams defeated the California Bears in the national semifinals. Roth was a fearless competitor and captain for two years, retiring as one of the most respected players to ever don the Green and Gold at Colorado State.
Mark Plonkey is the youngest of the five inductees, having graduated in 2004. Stepping into a starting role early in his career, Plonkey quickly developed into one of the most feared long-poles to ever play in the MCLA. His stick handling and physical game aside, Plonkey was a natural leader and a bruising intimidator that got better with age. His performance in the 2003 national tournament was one of the greatest by a long pole in the history of the league. Plonkey won national championships in 2001 and 2003 and played in four national championship games.