Rip enters the Pennsylvania Lacrosse Hall of Fame as a "truly great player." Rip began his lacrosse career at The Hill School in Pottstown, under the tutelage of head coach Harry Price. At Hill, Rip starred as a three-sport athlete and captained his football, wrestling and lacrosse teams his senior year. As a lacrosse player, Rip started on the varsity as a midfielder at "the Hill" in 1973, 1974 and 1975. In his senior year, he earned All-State and All-American honors at midfield.
He was recruited as a midfielder to play lacrosse at University of North Carolina, where he switched to playing defense at legendary Coach Willie Scrogg's urging after he demonstrated his defensive prowess and dexterity with with a long pole. While he would have excelled as a midfielder, he distinguished himself at Carolina as defenseman, earning Honorable Mention All American honors in 1978.
In his senior year in 1979, he captained the Tar Heels. For his outstanding play that year, he recieved many post season awards. His teammates chose him as their Turnbull Award winner, given to the team's most valuable player. He was selected to play in the annual North/South Senior All Star Game. He was also recognized as a 1st Team All-American and was regarded as one of the top collegiate defensemen in the nation.
Following his career at North Carolina, Rip coached club lacrosse in Manchester, England and also coached the club team at Oxford, helping to spread the game internationally. When he returned to the States, he played club lacrosse for four years: 1983 and 1984 with the Richmond Lacrosse Club, and 1985 and 1986 with the Palm beach Lacrosse Club. In 1985 he was selected to the Florida Club All Star Team and was named as the best club player in Florida.
Rip is still regarded as one of the finest defenseman from Pennsylvania ever to play the men's game.
Postscript: Our friend Rip "Ripper" Davy passed away suddenly in January 2008. Please click here to read our tribute to this fine person.