November 1, 2006

All-American Captained M. Lax

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Three-time All American defenseman Tim Daly ’82, was selected for induction into the Cornell Athletic Hall of Fame for his excellence in lacrosse.
Daly was a four-year starter for the Red. He was also a two-time All-Ivy first team pick in 1981 and 1982 and was awarded team MVP in 1982. In 1980, he earned All-American honorable mention. Then, in 1981, he achieved third team honors. In his senior year in 1982, he earned second team honors and became a three-time All-American.
Daly, who expressed surprise and gratitude at being chosen for the Hall of Fame, considered this achievement to be his greatest accomplishment in his time at Cornell.
In 1982, Daly was one of four co-captains on a Red squad that attained an 11-2 record and its third Ivy title in a row. In fact, the team only had one loss in the regular season — to Hofstra. Unfortunately, the team lost in semifinals to UNC, who ended up winning the national championship that year.
“I’d like to play that game again,” Daly said. “It was a real hot day in Chapel Hill and I would love a second chance at them. Too bad you don’t get many second chances in life.”
Despite this disappointing loss that ended such a successful season, Daly considers it his best season. His greatest experience as a Cornell lacrosse player occurred that year. He vividly recalls a came against the University of Pennsylvania in which he helped Cornell to come from behind to defeat UPenn in overtime.
“It was towards the end of the game and the guy bringing the ball was their captain who was my high school teammate,” Daly said. “Long story short, I stripped him of the ball at the midfield line and we got the ball and tied it up. We won the game with a score of 6-5, in O.T.”
Daly, who was a brother of Chi Psi fraternity, says his friendships — especially with his teammates — were the best parts of his time at Cornell.
Daly has been working for a regional bank in Baltimore for the last 25 years. He married four years ago and has a 12-week-old baby boy named Mark.
Though Daly coached lacrosse for nine- and 10-year-olds a few years ago, he doesn’t plan to get back into it until his son grows up.
He’s not playing much lacrosse anymore, but when there is time he likes to play tennis and go hunting. His return to campus will be his first in five years.