Spalding grad Jennifer Murphy to be inducted into Frostburg State Hall of Fame for lacrosse
by Pat O’Malley
Growing up in Severna Park, Jennifer Murphy used to tag along with her older brothers, Pat and Timothy, to watch them play lacrosse. It didn’t take long for her to begin playing the stick sport with the boys because there were no teams for the girls. She would put a helmet on top of her head to hide her female identity.
“Some of the boys caught on and would say, ‘he’s a girl,’” said Murphy of her childhood playing with and against the guys.
The will to play the sport has resulted in Murphy joining her sister, Maggie in going from an outstanding career at Archbishop Spalding High School to the same at Frostburg State University earning Hall of Fame status. Maggie, a 1992 graduate, was inducted in the Frostburg Bobcat Hall of Fame in 2003 and Friday night (Oct. 20) Jennifer, a ’91 grad, will be enshrined along with six others at the school’s Lane University Center.
As a result of her not having a girls team to play on, her mom Nancy Murphy decided to start a program for the girls with the Severna Park Green Hornets and girls lacrosse soon boomed in Anne Arundel County. The sport caught on big time and Anne Arundel County has become a hotbed for college coaches and recruiters.
The reward for the mother and her daughters is Hall of Fame status and knowing that their efforts contributed to the growth of girls lacrosse and its college opportunities.
Jen Murphy follows her sister Friday night while mom will be inducted in the Chesapeake Chapter of the womens’ Hall of Fame for Anne Arundel and Baltimore lacrosse enthusiasts in January of 2018 for her huge contributions.
“My parents (dad is Dr. Robert “Bob” Murphy, retired dentist) were so supportive of my brothers (three) and sisters (two) in sports and that meant a lot to the six of us,” said Jennifer Murphy. “We had a family bond that meant a lot and my mom got really involved and ended up helping a lot of girls by starting the Green Hornets girls’ program.”
Murphy, who is a health and physical education instructor at Magothy Middle school and also officiates high school and college lacrosse, went on from the Green Hornets to stardom at Spalding and then to Frostburg where she had quite a career. A 1991 graduate of the Cumberland area school, she formed quite a duo with her sister Maggie, a ’92 grad.
“It was a lot of fun going to college with Maggie and playing lacrosse with her,” said Jennifer. “We have a lot of great memories.”
Jennifer is being inducted for helping the Bobcats go 33-11 over three seasons. She tallied 107 goals and had 70 assists in her career (1989-1991). One of only 14 Bobcat women (Maggie also one of the 14) to amass 100 career goals, Jennifer was a two-time Brine Coaches South Region All-American and a 2nd Team All-American in her junior season (1990) when she rung up 42 goals and dished out 32 assists for coach Sharon Irwin, a 2000 inductee into the Bobcat Hall of Fame for coaching womens’ lacrosse and basketball.
Scoring 17 times during the ’91 season, Jennifer played a major role in a single season program record 15 wins. The Bobcats went 15-1 that season with Jennifer and Maggie leading the way to an ECAC Mid-East championship. Maggie was team MVP with a school record 56 assists.
“It’s an honor to represent Frostburg womens’ lacrosse,” said Jennifer, who will officially be enshrined with her parents and her three children, Tyler Giblin, Lauren Giblin and Jessica Giblin, a shooting guard on the Severna Park High school girls basketball team getting ready for her senior season, expected to be in attendance.