Mike French

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Mike French
— Lacrosse player —
Born May 13, 1953
Position Attack/Forward
Former NCAA team Cornell University
Former NLL teams Philadelphia Wings
Coaching career Philadelphia Wings, 1994
Nationality Canada
Pro career 1987–present
Career highlights
U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame
Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame, 2001
NLL Hall of Fame, 2007

Michael "Mike" G. French was a three-time All-American lacrosse player at Cornell University from 1974 to 1976, teaming with fellow lacrosse Hall of Fame members Eamon McEneaney, Dan Mackesey, Bill Marino, Tom Marino, Bob Hendrickson, Chris Kane, and Richie Moran to lead the Cornell Big Red to the NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championship in 1976. French is also currently the co-owner, along with Russ Cline and Chris Fritz, as well as Executive Vice-President of the NLL's Philadelphia Wings.

Cornell Big Red[edit]

French is ranked 9th all-time in NCAA Division I scoring with 296 career points, 3rd in career points-per-game behind fellow Canadian Stan Cockerton, and 5th in career goals. French's top season was 1976 when he scored 65 goals and handed out 40 assists for 105 total points in 16 games, good for 4th all-time in a single season. French and McEneaney led Cornell to one of the great seasons in college lacrosse history in 1976, with an unbeaten record and a 16-13 overtime victory over Frank Urso and the University of Maryland in the NCAA Championship game. This was the first NCAA lacrosse championship to receive national exposure. With the game being decided in overtime and French scoring seven goals, Frank Gifford doing the play-by-play called the finals the most exciting sporting event he had ever seen. During French's career at Cornell, the Big Red went to three straight NCAA tournaments, shutting out Washington and Lee 14-0 in one tournament game, and won 43 games while losing only 4.[1] He was named the USILA player of the year in 1976.

National Lacrosse League[edit]

French played for the Eagle Pro Box Lacrosse League Philadelphia Wings in 1987, leading the league in goals during its inaugural season. He was named the team's general manager in 1988, guiding the Wings to a 33-17 regular season mark and a 7-2 record in the postseason, with three championships over seven seasons. French also coached the Wings for one season in 1994, guiding them to a 6 and 2 record as well as the MILL title. He has been with the Wings since their inception in 1987 and joined the team's ownership group prior to the start of the 1998 season.

Canadian Lacrosse[edit]

Mike began playing box lacrosse in Niagara-on-the-Lake and St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada, and did not play field lacrosse until his freshman season at Cornell. French captained the Canadian National Team to the 1978 World Lacrosse Championships upset over a heavily favored U.S. National Team. The World championships have been dominated by the American team every year except 1978 and 1998. In the 1978 title game, the Canadian team rebounded from a 28-4 loss to the Americans in an early round game to beat them 17-16 in overtime for the World title.[2]

Post Playing Career[edit]

French was inducted into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1991,[3] the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2001,[4] and the NLL Hall of Fame in 2007.[5] French is currently the only member of both the Canadian and US Lacrosse Halls of Fame.

Additionally, French is currently one of three Partners for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP Hospitality & Leisure Advisory practice. French was also a member of the Sphinx Head society while at Cornell.

French is also an investor in Baggataway Tavern, located in West Conshohocken, Pennsylvania.

Statistics[edit]

Cornell University[edit]

     
Season GP G A Pts PPG
1976 16 65 40 105[a] 6.56
1975 17 63 34 97 5.71
1974 14 63 31 94 6.71
Totals 47 191[b] 105 296[c] 6.30[d]
[a] 7th in NCAA single season points
[b] 5th in career goals
[c] 9th in career points
[d] 3rd in career points-per-game

Philadelphia Wings[edit]

     
Season GP G A Pts GB
1987 6 14 9 23 ---

OLA/WLA/MSL Statistics[edit]

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1970 Niagara Warriors OLA Jr B 24 70 40 110 29 11 17 13 30 7
1971 Niagara Warriors OLA Jr B 24 98 67 165[a] 24 16 47 34 81 20
1972 Niagara Warriors OLA Jr B 30 112 87 199[b] 70 4 6 8 14 7
1973 Niagara Warriors OLA Jr B 24 59 72 131 -- 13 29 42 71 --
1974 Niagara Warriors OLA Jr B 10 32 33 65 -- 9 16 19 35 --
1975 Brantford Warriors MSL 10 26 17 43 24 -- -- -- -- --
1976 Owen Sound Crescents MSL 14 43 35 78 4 6 14 18 32 2
1976 Brampton Excelsiors MSL -- -- -- -- -- 7 9 13 22 10
1977 Owen Sound Crescents MSL 8 16 25 41 11 15 21 37 58 12
1977 Brampton Excelsiors MSL -- -- -- -- -- 6 5 11 16 2
PRO/MAJOR/SENIOR TOTALS 32 456 376 832 39 34 49 79 128 26
[a] Top Scorer In O.L.A. Junior B Western Division - 1971, 1972
[b] Second All-Time in Career O.L.A. Junior B Regular Season Points

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lacrosse: Technique and Tradition. By Bob Scott. Published by JHU Press, 2006. pg. 19. ISBN 0-8018-8371-7.
  2. ^ "Lacrosse: a History of the Game by Peter Bailey Lund". eLacrosse.com. 
  3. ^ "Michael G. French HoF Page". US Lacrosse - National Hall of Fame web site. 
  4. ^ "Mike French Induction Page". Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame web site. Retrieved 2007-02-20. 
  5. ^ "NLL Inducts Second Class to Hall of Fame". NLL.com. February 16, 2007. Retrieved 2007-02-18. 

External links[edit]

Awards[edit]

Preceded by
Frank Urso
Lt. Raymond Enners Award
1976
Succeeded by
Eamon McEneaney
Preceded by
Eamon McEneaney
Jack Turnbull Award
1976
Succeeded by
Mike O'Neill