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Greater Rochester Chapter to Induct Four into Hall of Fame

October 5, 2012 - National Lacrosse League (NLL) Rochester Knighthawks

The Greater Rochester Chapter of the U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame will welcome four new members with the induction of Jacques Monte, Patty Queener, Brent Rothfuss and John Hayes as the Class of 2012. The 19th Annual US Lacrosse, Greater Rochester Chapter, Hall of Fame Dinner will take place on Friday, November 2nd at the Burgundy Basin Inn at 1361 Marsh Road in Pittsford.

The cost is $35 per person prior to October 15th, and $45 after the early bird date. The social hour begins at 6:00 p.m. with the welcome and dinner scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Introductions will begin promptly at 8:00 p.m. To make reservations, please go to www.uslacrosserochester.org.

Here are short bios as provided by the foundation on each of the inductees:

John Hayes has experienced success in every aspect of his life and not just on the lacrosse field, although that's what earned him a spot in the Greater Rochester Chapter of the U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame. An entrepreneur, husband, father of 10, and grandfather of 12, Hayes still embodies the passion for the game of lacrosse, playing Grandmasters and Super Grandmaster lacrosse. Hayes began to receive recognition for his lacrosse exploits at Clarkstown High School, as a four-year varsity letterman. He earned back-to-back Team MVP honors (1972-73) and was All-County and team captain in 1973.

Hayes moved on to play his college lacrosse at powerhouse Hobart for four seasons and was named an All-American in 1977. While with the Statesmen, he won two national championships (1976-77) and was a finalist the other two seasons (1974-75). He still holds the distinction of captaining the 1977 National Championship team, which was Hobart's last undefeated team at 15-0. That season, Hayes played in the North-South Game and was the recipient of Hobart's Lt. John Vandeverg Memorial Award as the Most Improved player. Hayes finished his college career 12th in all-time goals at Hobart with 118, and 17th in career points with 152 points.

After graduating from Hobart, he broke into the coaching ranks as an assistant coach at the University of Rochester. While completing his MBA, he coached the Yellow Jackets from 1978-79. In the 1980s, he returned to the field as a player with the Westchester Lacrosse Club. Hayes has also continued to coach, overseeing Irondequoit Youth Lacrosse and McQuaid Lacrosse at the modified and junior varsity levels.

Jacques Monte enters the Hall of Fame after achieving success at the local and national level. For the past two seasons, he has worked the sidelines, along with Tim Soudan, as assistant coach for the Rochester Rattlers. For the past 11 years, Monte has dedicated his life to his alma mater, Fairport High School. Not only has he trained future scholar-athletes in the classroom as a physical education teacher with the Fairport Central School District, but also on the gridiron and lacrosse field as a coach for both Red Raider teams. The former Fairport standout excelled at football, wrestling and lacrosse. He graduated from Hobart College with a B.A. in economics and a master's degree in sports management from Ohio State University. Jacque won three national championships while at Hobart College, and played professional lacrosse for the Detroit Turbos. He lives in Fairport with his wife Elizabeth, daughter Emma, sons Jackson and Mitchell.

Patty Queener remembers her 1995 girls' team at Penn Yan with great pride, as they fought to play the game at the high school level. The mother of four began her lacrosse career as a head coach after her daughter Sarah took an interest in the game. With her husband as her mentor, she resorted to fundraising, even wearing football jerseys that first season, in order to found a modified and a club team that first season. In only her second season, she led her team to the sectional playoffs, and would have had her first win, if eligible, with just seventh and eighth graders. In her fourth season, Queener - who was learning lacrosse on the job - won her first of two state titles. Her 1998 team finished with an impressive 24-0 record, defeating powerhouse Garden City. The matriarch of her lacrosse family is in her 18th season as the head girls' lacrosse coach for the Penn Yan Mustangs. During her tenure, she has also won two Empire State Games gold medals and two silvers in six attempts. Patty also is the mother of Penn Yan Academy and professional lacrosse standouts Brett and Brice Queener, and former girls' stars Sarah and Sylvia Queener. She joins her husband, Harry, as a member of the Greater Rochester Chapter of the U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame.

Rochester native Brent Rothfuss enters the Hall of Fame after excelling in every facet of his lacrosse career. Rothfuss established himself as a premier player while playing at Penfield High School, winning back-to-back sectional titles (1992-93) along with two First Team All-County selections and an All-American nod his senior year. After high school, Rothfuss stayed local and helped the Nazareth College Golden Flyers to consecutive national titles in 1996 and 1997. In the process, he was named a three-time All-American, which included a first team selection from 1996-97. He graduated as the highest-scoring midfielder in Nazareth history with 200 career points, including 126 goals. His finest season was in 1997 when he scored 49 goals and added 35 assists en route to Division III Player of the Year honors. His list of accomplishments also includes back-to-back Division III Midfielder of the Year and team Offensive MVP honors from 1996-97. He continued his lacrosse career with the NLL's Rochester Knighthawks and Can-Am's Rochester Greywolves. Rothfuss also played five seasons in Major League Lacrosse, which included two seasons with the Rochester Rattlers. Over the past three seasons, he has won two sectional titles while coaching girls' lacrosse in Pittsford.

The Greater Rochester Chapter Hall of Fame has inducted individuals based on outstanding lacrosse achievement and/or contribution since 1992. The mission of the Lacrosse Hall of Fame is to honor men and women, past and present, who by their deeds as players, coaches, officials and/or contributors, and by the example of their lives, personify the great contribution of the sport of lacrosse to our way of life.

US Lacrosse is the national governing body for lacrosse in the United States. The National Hall of Fame is housed in the Lacrosse Museum in Baltimore, Md.

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