Knowles, Ward to be inducted into Connecticut Lacrosse Hall of Fame

Two former Wilton High lacrosse standouts, Tim Knowles (Wilton High Class of ‘95) and Jenn Ward Meres (Wilton High Class of ‘92), will be inducted into the Connecticut Lacrosse Hall of Fame Class of 2016 at its annual dinner this Saturday from 6-10 at Vazzano’s Four Seasons in Stratford.

Tim Knowles

Knowles was a four-year varsity lacrosse player for Wilton High from 1992-1995 under CT Hall of Fame coach Guy Whitten, where he played defense and helped lead Wilton to four straight state championships. In his senior year in 1995, Wilton completed its finest season ever, compiling a 23-0 record while also winning the FCIAC championship and achieving a number-two final national ranking.

Knowles received first-team all-FCIAC and first-team all-state honors in both his junior and senior years and was named an all-American his senior year, when he was also a team captain. That same year, he was selected to play for the U.S. Men’s Under-19 National Team, which went on to win the Gold Medal at the 1996 ILF Under-19 Men’s World Championships in Tokyo, Japan.

After high school, Knowles attended Duke University, where he was a four-year varsity lacrosse player from 1996-1999 for CT Hall of Fame coach Mike Pressler. He helped lead Duke to ACC tournament runner-up finishes in 1997 and 1999 and to three straight NCAA Division I tournament appearances from 1997-1999, including Duke’s first ever semifinal appearance in 1997.

He was selected honorable mention all-America as a junior in 1998 and served as a team captain as a senior in 1999 when he was also selected first-team all-ACC and third-team all-American and played in the North-South Senior All-Star Game.

Following graduation from Duke, Knowles played lacrosse in the United States Club Lacrosse Association for the Duke-TOBAY Lacrosse Club from 2000-2008, earning all club honors. He also spent time with the Bridgeport/Philadelphia Barrage and Boston Cannons of the MLL during this period.

Knowles returned to international competition after being selected to play for the U.S. Men’s National Team, which went on to win the Gold Medal at the 2002 ILF Men’s World Championships in Perth, Australia.

Knowles currently plays locally with the O’Neill’s lacrosse club. He and his wife Jessica live in New Canaan with their three children, Kaitlyn, Alexandra and Griffin.

Jenn Ward Meres

Jenn Ward played field hockey and lacrosse for Wilton High. A four-year varsity lacrosse player, she earned the Wilton Lacrosse Association’s Outstanding Girl Senior Award in 1992.

Her efforts on the field and in the classroom earned her acceptance to Johns Hopkins University, where she became one of the truly explosive players in the history of the women’s lacrosse program. A three-time all-American and all-Centennial Conference player, she enjoyed a career matched by few in the history of the women’s team.

Her individual accomplishments helped the Blue Jays establish themselves as a player on the national level, advancing to the NCAA semifinals for three straight years. As one of the most prolific scorers of the time, she set school records at Hopkins of 209 career goals and 290 career points and also became the first player in school history to record three separate 50-goal seasons.

A two-time team captain, she helped lead the Blue Jays to a pair of Centennial Conference championships and a four-year record of 55-12. The 55 wins amassed during her career remain the most in any four-year period in school history. She was inducted into the Johns Hopkins Athletic Hall of Fame in 2009.

Having grown up in a lacrosse family, Jenn’s two younger brothers also enjoyed storied lacrosse careers. At Wilton High, they each earned all-America, all-state and all-FCIAC honors and both played for FCIAC and state championship teams. John went on to play at the University of Pennsylvania, where he still holds the school record for total career goals. Steve moved on to Bucknell University, where he was honored with the Bison Club Award in his senior year.

For the past several years, Ward has enjoyed coaching her daughter’s youth lacrosse team in Ridgefield, where she lives with her husband, Brian (a Georgetown Lacrosse alum), and their three children.

The other inducts into the Connecticut Lacrosse Hall of Fame Class of 2016 are Graham Harden, Tyler Hardy, Lisa Parsons,
Bob Russell and Carl Taylor

For more information about the Connecticut Lacrosse Hall of Fame Class of 2016, and to purchase tickets, go to www.ctlacrosse.org.