A member of the Penn field hockey and women’s lacrosse teams, Betty Jane Zellers, or BJ as she became known, made an impact on both programs during her time as a Quaker. 


She helped the Penn field hockey team win its first-ever Ivy League title in 1981 and later that year helped the 1982 Quakers win the women’s lacrosse Ivy League championship.  Zellers was also instrumental in Penn winning the 1983 field hockey title.


Zellers made three postseason appearances with the women’s lacrosse team and led the field hockey team to its first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance in 1983 where Penn lost to Temple, 1-0, in the First Round.  The Red and Blue finished that season ranked 12th in the national poll.


As a four-year member of the field hockey team, Zellers helped the squad to a 17-6-1 record in the Ivy League.  During that time she received Honorable Mention for All-American honors and earned First-Team All-Ivy League honors twice (1982 and 1983).  In her sophomore year, Zellers was named the team’s Most Improved Player.  She was also co-captain in 1983 and went on to earn the Ivy League’s Field Hockey Player of the Year award as a senior.  She was also selected by her teammates for the Anne Townsend Most Valuable Player award in 1983.


In women’s lacrosse, Zellers helped the Quakers to an Ivy League record of 13-5 over her three seasons with the team.  She was a member of the Red and Blue’s trip to the Final Four of the 1982 AIAW Championship.  Zellers was also a member of one of the first NCAA Tournament teams in 1983 when the Quakers went to the Second Round of the NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Championship.


She was named Second-Team All-Ivy League as a senior and served as team co-captain.


Zellers compiled a total of seven varsity letters and a host of awards and accolades from each sport, including the prestigious Julie Staver Award for the top senior female two-sport athlete at Penn.