NORFOLK, Va. - Former Old Dominion lacrosse player Ericka Davidheiser Leslie will be inducted into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame this fall as one of the best collegiate lacrosse officials in the sport fro the past two decades.
The former Monarch is already an ODU Hall of Famer and was a two-time All-American in the '90s.
When Leslie received word of her induction, the good news came at the perfect time because instead of officiating as she would typically be doing this time of year, she's been at home like many of us during the coronavirus pandemic.
“Going backwards, March 11th was my last lacrosse game of the season and it ended, abruptly ended, and there’s that time of depression," Leslie said. "My Springs are jam packed and I love having a jam packed Spring, so the call has really just been uplifting.
"I've heard from a lot of people. It brings back great memories of lacrosse in general and people reaching out has been very nice."
While there's no doubt Leslie's had love for the game of lacrosse for most of her life, the sport's absence these past few months has given her an even greater appreciation for it.
"To not have that time filled with something that I love to do I really realize how much, it's the ability to travel, it's to stay in shape, it's to work my mind on a lacrosse field," Leslie said. "To work with crews from around the country with people that I love seeing and I really do miss seeing them."
Leslie will be inducted into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame with seven others on October 17th.