Jesse Hubbard said that nobody plays lacrosse to become a Hall-of-Famer.
Of course, when you play it the way Hubbard did, the Hall-of-Fame becomes inevitable.
Hubbard, the leading goal scorer in Princeton history and the second-leading goal scorer in Major League Lacrosse, was one of eight members of the U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame Class of 2012, inducted this past Saturday night in Baltimore.
One of the greatest shooters in the history of the sport, Hubbard becomes the 15th Hall-of-Fame from the Princeton lacrosse program and the third in four years, after Kevin Lowe was enshrined in 2009 and Scott Bacigalupo was enshrined in 2010.
A graduate of St. Alban's in Washington, D.C., Hubbard came to Princeton in 1994 and became the Ivy League Rookie of the Year the following spring after scoring 23 goals as a midfielder. He then switched to attack as a sophomore, when he scored a school single-season record 53 goals while leading Princeton to the 1996 NCAA championship, which he won with an overtime goal against Virginia in the final.
By the time his career ended, Hubbard had scored 163 goals, shattering Justin Tortolani's school record of 120, and Princeton had won the 1997 and 1998 NCAA championships as well. Hubbard teamed with Jon Hess (who was Hubbard's presenter) and Chris Massey on attack to score 618 points in four years, including 121 in 11 NCAA tournament games, in which Princeton went 10-1.
The Tigers were 43-2 from 1996-98, and Hubbard led the program to four Ivy League championships in addition to the three NCAA championships.
Hubbard would play eight years in Major League Lacrosse and score 247 career goals. He also was a six-time all-star.
His lacrosse resume also includes one World Championship with the U.S. national team.
"You play lacrosse for the fun, the camaraderie, to score goals," Hubbard said. "Maybe you play to become an All-American, or to play professional lacrosse, but nobody plays lacrosse to become a Hall of Famer. It's beyond comprehension. I'm in such rarified company with these other inductees tonight. This is a pretty special class."
The other members of the Class of 2012 were Kelly Amonte Hiller, Jen Adams, Cindy Timchal, Missy Foote, Tim Nelson, Roy Colsey and Brian Dougherty.
Princeton Men's Lacrosse All-Time U.S. Lacrosse Hall-Of-Famers
Frederick A. Allner Elected 1982
Scott Bacigalupo Elected 2010
Tyler Campbell Elected 1973
Henry E. Fish Elected 1987
Leonard T. Gaines Elected 1984
Donald P. Hahn Elected 1981
Jesse H. Hubbard Elected in 2012
Alvin B. Krongard Elected 1980
Howard J. Krongard Elected 1985
Kevin Lowe Elected 2009
Harland W. Meistrell Elected 1962
Conrad Sutherland Elected 1961
Ralph N. Willis Elected 1982
William G. Tierney Elected 2002
Charles D. Murphy Elected 1998