Heather Dow Named Goalie Of The Century
Jan. 26, 2000
BALTIMORE, Md. – Newport News native Heather Dow has been named as the goalieof the All-20th century lacrosse team by USLacrosse. She and the rest ofthe team were honored in the recent Lacrosse magazine in a celebration ofthe turn of the century.
Dow, a 1977 graduate of Ferguson High School and of the Universityof Virginia in 1982, was named to the US Women’s Lacrosse Team in 1984.Dow was a member of the United States World Cup team that took the silvermedal at the 1986 International Federation of Women’s Lacrosse AssociationsWorld Cup. In the next World Cup in 1989, the USA World Cup team won thegold with Dow as the starting goalie.
In 1990 she was named as the assistant coach of the USA NationalWomen’s Lacrosse Team and the team has won both of the two World Cupscontested since that time, in 1993 and 1997. Dow will be an assistantcoach for the 2001 World Cup as the USA looks to defend its title for thethird consecutive time.
While a goalie at Virginia, Dow was a three-year starter andcompiled a career goals-against average of 6.11, a career save percentageof 65.9%, and 474 career saves. Her career save percentage still stands asthe UVA school record and the state record while her career goals-againstaverage and her 474 career saves both rank second all-time at Virginia. Her74.1% save percentage in 1981 still stands as the all-time state mark andalso ranks fourth nationally. She still holds the record for saves in agame with 27 set in 1981.
Dow is currently an eighth-grade social studies teacher atSutherland Middle School in Charlottesville and is an assistant coach forthe Cavaliers.