Current U.S. Women’s National Team and Sky Blue FC captain Carli Lloyd has officially been selected for induction into the 2018 class of the Rutgers Athletics Hall of Fame. Lloyd and the newest inductees will be publicly recognized when Rutgers Football hosts Northwestern University at High Point Solutions Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 20.
“I am honored to be included in the Rutgers Athletics’ 2018 Hall of Fame class,” said Lloyd. “My Rutgers experience challenged me both academically and athletically, and I am proud to say that I graduated from this amazing school. I am looking forward to celebrating this incredible honor with my fellow inductees and other members of the Rutgers family.”
The 2018 Hall of Fame class will be formally inducted at the Annual Rutgers Athletics Hall of Fame Dinner on Friday, Oct. 19, which will be held at the East Brunswick Hilton. Further details regarding the Hall of Fame Dinner will be announced shortly, and online registration will open in August.
“Every day, we talk about being engaged in the relentless pursuit of excellence, and this Hall of Fame class represents this sentiment perfectly,” said Pat Hobbs, Rutgers Director of Athletics. “Their collective accomplishments have not only impacted Rutgers, but their respective sports on an expansive scale. Bringing our greats back to ‘The Banks’ is always a very special experience, and we look forward to sharing it with the families of our inductees and the Rutgers community.”
Lloyd grew up in Delran, N.J., before playing her college soccer at Rutgers University. She made her debut for the U.S. Women’s National Team in 2005, and she has now eclipsed 250 international caps and 100 international goals. Historically, Lloyd has been known to rise tallest on the grandest of stages, scoring the game-winning goal in the Gold Medal Match of both the 2008 and 2012 Olympics. She was also responsible for one of the most phenomenal performances in FIFA Women’s World Cup history when she registered a hat trick in the opening 16 minutes of the 2015 Final against Japan. She finished the competition with six goals and received the Golden Ball as the best player of the tournament, which was the first FIFA Women’s World Cup championship for the U.S. WNT since 1999. She capped off 2015 by being voted the FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year, again winning FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year accolades in 2016. She was also voted the runner-up to the award in 2017.
Lloyd and Sky Blue FC will next be in action on July 14, when they host the North Carolina Courage in a 7:00 p.m. match at Yurcak Field located in Piscataway, NJ.
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