William B. Carey '76
Year Inducted: 2000
One of the best defensemen in Brown's lacrosse history, Bill Cary was a three-year starter for the Bears. During his time on the field, he led Brown's defensive efforts as the Bears compiled a combined record of 23-13, with an Ivy League record of 12-6.
As a sophomore, Carey jumped immediately onto the scene as a starting defenseman. The strong defender, also known for his excellent speed, helped give the Bears a 6-4 records, 4-2 in the Ivies, food for a third place finish. Carey really began to flourish in his junior year. He scored a goal from his defensive position and was a force in the defensive end, as the team finished 7-5 overall and 3-3 in Ivy League play. He was starting to get the respect he so richly deserved; by the end of the year, Bill Carey was becoming widely known as one of the best defenders in the nation.
In his senior year, Bill didn't disappoint those who had given him lofty expectations. Going up against the opponent's top attackmen in every game, Carey led the Bears to a 10-4 record. Their 5-1 record in the Ivy League gave Brown a second place finish, narrowly losing to eventual national champion Cornell for the Ivy crown. The Bears went on to the NCAA Tournament in 1976 before losing to national runner-up Maryland. In fact, of the four losses suffered by Carey's 1976 squad, three of them were to top-three ranked teams. The Bears finished the season with a #8 national ranking.
The 1976 season saw Carey selected as a First Team All-Ivy pick and Third Team All-America. Bill was also selected to the 1970's All-Decade lacrosse team at Brown.