Betsy Dougherty


My favorite sports memory/moment/event is……the 6 seconds it took in sudden victory overtime to win the World Cup final against England in 1989.  And celebrating that special moment with my teammates!

Betsy Williams Dougherty, a member of the 1989 and 1993 U.S. World Cup gold medal teams, continues to serve the sport she loves as Director of Girls Lacrosse & CLC Grit Club Teams for Centercourt Lawrence.    An All-American attacker and captain at Penn State University, Dougherty joined the ranks of the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame class of 2000 as an outstanding player and as an outstanding coach, contributing noteworthy service to the game.

Coach Dougherty played for the U.S. National Team from 1984 – 1993:

  • •    U.S. Touring Team to England, 1984
  • •    U.S. World Cup Team, 1986 (silver medal)
  • •    U.S. Team vs. England Tour, 1988
  • •    U.S. World Cup Team, 1989 (gold medal)
  • •    U.S. Touring Team to Canada, 1990
  • •    U.S. Team vs. England Tour, 1991
  • •    U.S. Touring Team to Australia, 1992
  • •    U.S. World Cup Team, 1993 (gold medal and captain)
  • Dougherty’s coaching career spans all age groups, having coached all levels:
  • •    St. Catherine’s School Head Coach (Richmond, Va., 1985-88)
  • •    Princeton University Assistant Coach (Princeton, NJ, 1989-90)
  • •    Springside School Head Coach (Chestnut Hill, PA, 1991-96)
  • •    New Hope Solebury High School Head Coach (New Hope, PA, 2013-present)

Dougherty’s service to the sport is evident in her years of committee experience:

  • •    Pennsylvania Schoolgirls Lacrosse Committee (1990-2000)
  • •    National Hall of Fame committee (2001-2006)
  • •    Pennsylvania Hall of Fame committee (2001-current)
  • •    Director of Lady Bulldogs Youth Lacrosse program (Doylestown, PA 2015-present)

In addition to her National Hall of Fame induction, Dougherty was also named to the Pennsylvania Hall of Fame in 2000.   At Penn State, she received the inaugural Hall Award as the Most Outstanding Athlete in 1984. Having played for both the South and Philadelphia Association teams at the USWLA National Tournament, Dougherty was awarded the Beth Allen Award for her selfless and spirited play.