Richard W. Meister ’75
Year Inducted: 2009
Richard Meister ’75 was a hard-nosed defender on several impressive lacrosse teams during his time at Brown, including the 1973 undefeated Ivy League champion squad that advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals. Though not a flashy scorer, Meister was responsible for shutting down opposing offenses, and is considered one of the finest defensive players in program history.
Competing in an era when freshmen were not eligible to play on varsity teams, Meister spent his rookie season playing on the freshman team, quickly establishing himself as a rising star in the program. In 1973, his sophomore year, Meister was part of a tough defense that helped lead the team to a terrific season. The Bears tore through the Ivy League, going 10-2 overall, and capturing an uncontested league championship at 6-0 against Ivy league opponents. The Bears defense was terrific as only three regular season opponents were able to score in double figures. Following a dominating 15-6 win at Dartmouth that clinched the Ivy title, Meister and Brown marched on to the NCAA quarterfinals, where they were beaten by Maryland.
With Meister again manning the defense as a junior, the Bears kicked off the 1974 season with a 5-0 start, allowing just 21 goals in those games. Though Brown finished at 6-4 overall, the team went 4-2 in Ivy play and fell just short of upsetting UMass in a 10-9 game late in the season.
Meister then enjoyed another outstanding season in 1975 to cap off his career. Brown captured the New England Championship, and advanced to play Maryland in the NCAA Tournament. Though Maryland, the eventual NCAA Champion, won the game, the Bears played a tough contest, losing by only three goals. In recognition of his individual play, Meister was named First Team All-Ivy following his senior season, and was selected to play in the North-South All-Star game. He was also a team captain as a senior, the first of four brothers to fill that role at Brown, as there was at least one Meister on the team from 1972-81. Rich played for several teams following graduation including the Brine Lacrosse Club, the New Jersey Lacrosse Club and several Vail Shootout teams.
His brothers are Stephen ‘76, John’79 and Charlie ’81 and a sister, Phyllis.