Julie Staver was Pennsylvania’s outstanding athlete when women’s athletics was accorded varsity team status in the early 1970s.
The recipient of the Father’s Award as Pennsylvania’s outstanding senior woman athlete in 1974, she was an All-American in field hockey (1973) and lacrosse (1973, 1974). Staver captained the 1980 U.S. Olympic field hockey team, and was a co-captain of the 1984 bronze-medal winning Olympic team. She played on numerous U.S. national field hockey and lacrosse teams throughout the 1970’s and 1980’s, including field hockey World Cup teams in 1979 and 1982, and was inducted into the U.S. Field Hockey Association Hall of Fame in 1989.
Staver returned to Pennsylvania after graduation to study for a degree in veterinary medicine, which she received in 1982. The field hockey and lacrosse programs now annually present the Julie Staver Award to the outstanding athlete who competes in both sports.