The Tewaaraton Legend
The Tewaaraton Foundation is pleased to announce the 2023 Tewaaraton Legends honorees are former University of Maryland star Doug Schreiber and former Temple University star Kathleen Geiger.
The Tewaaraton Legends Award annually honors recipients who played college lacrosse prior to 2001, the first year in which the Tewaaraton Award was presented.
“The Spirit and Legends Awards are vital parts of our program, as honoring the history and heritage of lacrosse is central to the mission of the Tewaaraton Foundation,” said Andy Phillips, President of the Tewaaraton Foundation.
Kathleen Geiger was a two-time USWLA and Brine All-American (1985-86) at Temple University, earning NCAA All-Tournament Team honors in 1983 and 1984, leading the Owls to four straight NCAA Semifinals and winning the national championship in 1984. Also a four-year starter on the Owls’ field hockey team, she finished her collegiate lacrosse career with 192 goals and was inducted into the Temple Athletics Hall of Fame in 1999.
After graduation, Geiger played for Team USA from 1984-97, winning three World Cup championships. A two-time team captain for the U.S. Team, she also served as the team’s manager in 2001 and 2005 and was the USWLA’s Beth Allen Award recipient in 1999.
A veteran club lacrosse player after college and 2001 inductee into the USA Lacrosse Hall of Fame, she has also been an active coach in the Philadelphia area, working with Penn Wood and Springfield high schools, leading Springfield to the 2019 Pennsylvania state championship.
“Kathleen was not only my teammate and roommate but also a dear lifelong friend,” said Jackie Neary, head field hockey and women’s lacrosse coach at Cabrini. “It’s hard to express in words just how amazing of a person she is and player she was. Kathleen possessed a fierce competitiveness that made her an asset to any team. Our Temple defense improved exponentially because of her efforts during practice, and opponents were always wary of playing against her. Looking at her USA career is simply awe-inspiring. I still have several of her players as alumni and currently on my team at Cabrini, and I feel blessed to have them thanks to the impact Kathleen had on them as a coach. Above all, Kathleen is a kind and generous person who has touched the lives of so many.”
Doug Schreiber is a celebrated lacrosse player, coach, and official. He started his lacrosse career at Nassau Community College, where he was a two-time first-team Junior College All-American and two-time Nassau Most Valuable Player. Demonstrating his athletic versatility, he also played for Nassau’s football team.
Schreiber continued his success at the University of Maryland, where he was a two-time first-team All-American, the captain of the 1973 NCAA championship team, and the 1973 ACC Most Valuable Player. Additional honors for Schreiber in 1973 included the Hero’s Collegiate Player of the Year, the Lt. Donald C. McLaughlin Award, and the Lt. Ray Enners Award, all of which recognized him as one of the best players in the nation.
Schreiber’s talent extended to Team USA, where he was a member of the 1974 World Championship team and was inducted into the USA Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1990. He was also a Club All-Star Player for the Chesapeake Lacrosse Club and McGarvey’s Lacrosse Club.
After his playing days, he transitioned to coaching and officiating. He has more than 30 years of coaching experience at various levels, currently serving as offensive coordinator for St. Anthony’s High School and coach for the Long Island Express. Schreiber has coached more than 100 Division I All-Americans, including recent Tewaaraton winner Dylan Molloy, nominee Brennan O’Neill and finalists Will Manny and his son, Tom Schreiber. Additionally, he has been a 12-year member of the Nassau County Referee Association, where he shares his expertise and knowledge of the game.
“My dad, Doug Schreiber, has positively influenced the game of lacrosse from all angles for his entire life,” said Tom Schreiber, a two-time Premier Lacrosse League Gait Brothers Midfielder of the Year and two-time Tewaaraton Finalist. “As a player, he reached the pinnacle of lacrosse individually and won championships at every level. As a coach, he helped and inspired an entire generation of players to reach their potential. His impact on the game has been profound and I am so pleased to see him get this well-deserved honor and recognition.”
Tewaaraton Legend recipients are chosen on the basis that their collegiate performance would have earned them a Tewaaraton Trophy, had the award existed when they played. The recipients will receive their awards at the Tewaaraton Award Ceremony on June 1, 2023, in Washington, D.C.
2022 Kelly Amonte Hiller, University of Maryland
2022 Dave Pietramala, Johns Hopkins University
2019 Karen Borbee, University of Delaware
2019 Tom Sears, University of North Carolina
2018 Amanda Moore O’Leary, Temple University
2018 Larry Quinn, Johns Hopkins University
2017 Cherie Greer Brown, University of Virginia
2017 Peter Cramblet, United States Military Academy
2016 Candace Finn Rocha, Penn State University
2016 Frank Urso, University of Maryland
2015 Brad Kotz, Syracuse University
2014 Jimmy Lewis, United States Naval Academy
2013 Joe Cowan, Johns Hopkins University
2012 Eamon McEneaney, Cornell University
2011 Jim Brown, Syracuse University