Scott Growney enters the Hall of Fame as "a truly great player who has contributed noteworthy service to the game of lacrosse." His involvement with lacrosse began as a midfielder at Harriton High School from 1975 to '77, where he picked up the game his sophomore year. By his senior year, he led Harriton to a 13-2 record and was selected as a high school All-American. He also earned All-State and MVP honors and recognition as "Player of the Year" by several Philadelphia area newspapers.
Scott went on to play at Trinity College from 1978 to '81, where his teams received their first ever ECAC tournament bids and contended for tournament titles three years in a row, and where his play as an attackman earned him NEILA All-New England accolades and first team all-conference honors in 1979, '80, and '81 in what is now known as the NESCAC. He was chosen as his team's MVP in 1980 and '81, captained the Trinity squad his senior year, and gained honorable mention recognition as a Division III All-American. From 1982 to 1988, Scott made his mark in the United States Club Lacrosse Association, emerging from the DIII collegiate ranks to lead the USCLA in scoring (playing attack for Potomac Lacrosse Club), and later earning USCLA "All-Club" honors mutiple times at midfield (playing for the Eagle's Eye Lacrosse Club). Scott played professional box lacrosse with the Philadelphia Wings at the team's inception, and remained active as a CALL League player in the 1990s. He currently plays periodically at the masters' and grandmasters' levels and has garnered all-tournament honors in Lake Placid. Scott has coached lacrosse at various levels, serving as an assistant at the Landon School and Villanova University, and at the helm of a number of MAB Paints tournament teams. Since 1997, Scott has coached in the Conestoga youth program and has led several PennStar teams in national competition.
Off the field, Scott has served on the International Lacrosse Committee of US Lacrosse, where he helped coordinate Team USA's exhibition schedules before the World Games in 1998 and 2002. In 2003, he participated on the presentation team that helped Philadelphia win the right to host the NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championships in 2005 and '06; he is currently a member of Face Off Philadelphia, the local organizing committee for the NCAA tournament. He has been a member of the Executive Board of the Philadelphia Lacrosse Association since 1989 and was the organization's secretary from 1990 to 1996. From 1996 to 2001, he served as the PLA's President, building bridges with the many lacrosse constituencies in the region and managing changes to the PLA's board structure following the merger of the US Women's Lacrosse Association with and into US Lacrosse. During his tenure, he lobbied state senators and others successfully to include lacrosse in the Keystone Games, and launched many other PLA awards and initiatives, including the design and construction of the PLA web site, which he continues to support as the site's webmaster. In 1993, Scott founded the annual PLA Golf Classic; that event, which he chairs, has raised over $150,000 to provide grant support for over 100 new youth and high school programs (boys and girls), helping to spread the game at all levels in our region.
Through his activism, Scott has perhaps done more to expand the game of lacrosse in Eastern Pennsylvania than any other individual. For his efforts to energize the PLA and promote the game, he was named as the PA Scholastic Lacrosse Association's "Man of the Year" in 1998. In 2002, Scott was awarded the "Founders' Award" by the PLA for his significant and enduring contributions to the growth and development of Pennsylvania lacrosse. He was inducted as a member of the Harriton "Wall of Fame," along with his brother Steve, in 2004. In January 2005, US Lacrosse honored Scott with its Chapter Service Award.
Please click here to read Scott's induction ceremony speech.