Jimmy Lewis (lacrosse)

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Jimmy Lewis
— Lacrosse player —
Position Attack
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight 160 pounds (73 kg)
NCAA team Navy
Nationality United States
Shoots Right
Career highlights
U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame, 1981

James C. "Jimmy" Lewis was an All-American lacrosse player at Navy from 1964 to 1966, leading the Midshipmen to national titles in each of his three years, as well as perfect seasons. Navy's national titles during these years were under the Wingate Memorial Trophy format where national champs were voted on.

Navy career[edit]

In 1966, The Baltimore Sun called Lewis the "greatest living lacrosseman".[1] He is ranked fifth all-time in Navy men's lacrosse scoring with 169 career points. Lewis earned first-team All America honors all three years while in college, as well as being named the Jack Turnbull Award winner in 1964, 1965 and 1966. In 1965, Lewis led Navy to a 12 and 0 record while defeating Army 18-7 en route to the Midshipmen's fourth straight undisputed national championship. During this stretch Navy won 22nd games in a row. Lewis led Navy to three straight National Championships at a time when the top team was voted on by the USILA.

This is considered the greatest stretch of lacrosse in Navy lacrosse history, an eight-year period from 1960 through 1968, where Navy won outright or shared in eight straight national titles.

Lewis was elected to the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1981, and is generally considered the top Navy lacrosse player of all time. He won the Navy's Sword For Men award in 1966 and also graduated from TOPGUN, the elite United States Navy Fighter Weapons School.

Lewis was All-American lacrosse player at Uniondale High School on Long Island, where he also played soccer. He still holds the single-game New York high school lacrosse record for points with 21.[2] In the 1964 NCAA Men's Soccer Championship finals against Michigan State, Lewis scored the game's only goal to help the Midshipmen to their only NCAA soccer title.[3]


United States Naval Academy[edit]

Season GP G A Pts PPG
1964 10 27 20 47 4.70
1965 12 27 36 63 5.25
1966 12 24 35 59 4.91
Totals 34 78 91 169 4.97 *
* Lewis played during the pre-NCAA days under USILA jurisdiction. With 4.97 points-per-game during his career, this would rank Lewis among the top 20 all-time. Lewis' stats are sourced from the Navy Lacrosse Media Guide.


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Preceded by
Ray Altman
Jack Turnbull Award
1964, 1965, 1966
Succeeded by
Jack Heim