Becket Wolf arrived at Princeton as a borderline attack prospect for the men's lacrosse team. He left four years later with three NCAA championship rings and a resume full of individual honors that has landed him in the New Jersey Lacrosse Hall of Fame.
Wolf, a 1997 Princeton grad, was inducted last weekend into the New Jersey chapter of the U.S. Lacrosse National Hall of Fame. Only individuals who have been enshrined in a local chapter are eligible for the national honor.
"Growing up and going to college in New Jersey, I never envisioned my induction into any Hall of Fame," Wolf said. "When I received the call from Peter Stanton, I was first shocked, then thrilled to join the company of so many great individuals. Joining Coach [Bill] Tierney and [David] Metzbower, who are New Jersey Hall of Famers themselves, was particularly gratifying given their major impact on my lacrosse career."
Wolf entered the New Jersey hall one year after Metzbower, who was Tierney's top assistant at Princeton while Wolf was a player and who is now the head caoch at Malvern Prep. Tierney is in the New Jersey chapter and in the national Hall of Fame.
Wolf was a two-time all-state attackman at Lawrenceville Prep, where he helped win two New Jersey state Prep A championships. He was the team MVP his senior year after having 39 goals and 30 assists, and he was also all-state soccer player and ranked in the Top 20 in the U.S. for junior squash.
He was moved from attack to defense during his freshman year at Princeton, when the Tigers won their second NCAA title, and he became a two-time second-team All-America and first-team All-Ivy League selection. He started on NCAA championship teams his junior and senior year, and the Tigers were 29-1 his final two years, including a perfect 15-0 his senior year, Princeton's only perfect season in the last 76 years.
Wolf was named to the NCAA all-tournament team as both a junior and senior, and he assisted on the tie-breaking goal late in the fourth quarter of the 1996 NCAA semifinals against Syracuse.
After college, Wolf played for four years with the New York Athletic Club lacrosse team, which won the North American club championship in 1999.
He currently lives in Chicago, where he runs Fundamental Credit for Citadel, a multi-strategy hedge fund. He is married with two sons, Turner (4) and Miles (2).