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Posted: Thursday, May 8, 2014 12:43 pm

Six Manhasset High School alumni were inducted into the school’s lacrosse program’s hall of fame on Thursday during its 26th annual fundraising benefit at the Plandome Country Club.

Karl “Rusty” Hueglin, Chris Mucciolo, Nick Murtha, Tim Reilly, Lauren Taylor, Juliet White and Jim Burns gave brief speeches during the dinner portion of the event as their names were etched among the hall of fame’s other 150 members.

During the benefit, Manhasset seniors John Paul Young and Julia Glynn were also presented with the PAL/Baugher Annual Scholarship award, which is given to a varsity player from the boys and girls teams that exude sportsmanship, leadership, teamwork, team spirit, tenacity, sacrifice and a love of the game.

“It’s been a privilege to be part of Manhasset lacrosse,” Hueglin said. “I’m proud to say I played at Manhasset, proud to be from Manhasset, and now I’m in the hall of fame.”

Hueglin played at Manhasset from 1976-78 and went on to play for North Carolina’s 1982 national championship team. The Tar Heels that year racked up wins against Navy and Cornell and held the No. 1 national ranking during the season.

Hueglin has also coached several travel and PAL teams and was a board member of the Wilton Lacrosse Association from 2002-04.

Mucciolo, who graduated from Manhasset in 2000, captained the Indians football, basketball and lacrosse teams while in high school. He earned All-County honors in football during his junior and senior seasons, was two-time All-Conference in basketball and earned All-County lacrosse honors for two years.

He went on to win the Ivy League’s Rookie of the Year award at Brown and was a two-time All-Ivy and All-New England midfielder for the Bears before going on to a four-year career with the Boston Cannons of Major League Lacrosse.

Murtha, a goaltender, graduated from Manhasset in 1998 after a career in which he twice qualified as an Empire State Team gold medalist, was named the 1998 Nassau County Lacrosse Coaches Association’s “Goalie of the Year” and received All-American honors.

He went on to play at Johns Hopkins, which reached the national semifinals in three of his four years there, before going on to play professionally for seven seasons with the Long Island Lizards.

Reilly graduated in 1987 and received Adelphi Scholar Athlete honors as the All-County player with the highest grade point average during a senior season in which he was the Indians’ captain and leading scorer. He also played in the Long Island Exceptional Senior game.

He went on to play at Harvard and helped the Crimson to a 1990 NCAA Division-II championship. Harvard also won the Ivy League championship in his junior year.

In his senior year there, Reilly was awarded the Harvard Class of ’59 Trophy for Leadership and Enthusiasm, was named to the All-Ivy Second Team and the All-New England Second Team and was selected to play in the North vs. South Senior Lacrosse Classic.

Taylor graduated from Manhasset in 2004 and led Long Island in scoring and assists during a senior campaign in which she was named an All-American and the Indians won the Long Island championship. She received Honorable Mention All-America honors in her junior season, in which she scored the game-winning overtime goal that won Manhasset a state title. 

Taylor went on to a career at Yale and made the U.S. national team as a freshman and sophomore, was a three-time All-American and was named First Team All-Ivy in each of her four years. 

In her junior year, she was the NCAA leader in goals per game, won the Ivy League Player of the Year award and was a Tewaarton Trophy nominee as the most outstanding women’s lacrosse player in the country. She won back-to-back Barbara Bowditch awards as Yale’s most valuable player in her junior and senior seasons and received Yale’s Nellie Elliot award as the top senior athlete of her graduating class.

After graduating from Yale, she joined its women’s lacrosse program as an assistant coach and is currently a presidential scholar of public health and medical ethics at Harvard Divinity School in Boston.

White, a teammate of Taylor’s at Manhasset, was also part of the 2003 state and 2004 Long Island championship teams. 

“We couldn’t have achieved the feats that we accomplished without her unselfish level of play, her sportsmanship and her finesse on the field,” White’s coach, Tom Campolettano, said.

White was a four-year starter for the Indians’ girls basketball and lacrosse teams and was a captain of both teams in her senior year.

She received Newsday All-Long Island honors, All-County honors and was a U.S. Lacrosse Academic All-American in her junior and senior years.

White also was the first recipient of the Diane Whipple Scholarship, won the Harry W. Baugher Manhasset Hall of Fame Scholarship and played lacrosse for three years at Cornell. 

“I feel truly grateful for growing up in a community like Manhasset and to have people who were so supportive from PAL up through high school,” she said.”

Burns, who died last year at 59, was honored posthumously for his help to “transform the town into a lax-crazed one that now produces [Division-I]-caliber players,” the Hall of Fame wrote in his biography for the event’s program.

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