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Amy Rafalski Hamilton, '98
Amy Rafalski Hamilton, '98
Induction Year: 2012


Amy Rafalski Hamilton was a two-sport standout at Bridgewater College and finished her career as one of the top female lacrosse players in Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) history.

Rafalski Hamilton was a four-time All-ODAC first-team selection in lacrosse and was the 1998 conference player of the year. She finished her career with 299 points and 264 goals and, at the time of her Hall of Fame induction, still ranked in the top five in both categories in the ODAC record book.

In 1997, Rafalski Hamilton was named to the all-region first team and was a third-team All-American pick by the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA). As a senior in 1998, Rafalski Hamilton was a team captain and a second-team IWLCA All-American selection. Rafalski Hamilton ranked second in the nation in Division III in goals scored per game and points scored per game. She was also a 1998 national nominee for NCAA Woman of the Year.

Rafalski Hamilton was also a strong performer for the field hockey team where she was a four-year starter. As a senior, she earned first-team All-ODAC honors and first-team regional All-American recognition. She was also team captain.

Her success did not stop on the playing field, as she was also a standout in the classroom. She earned field hockey Academic All-American honors in 1997 and graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in education.

Following graduation, Rafalski Hamilton taught and coached at the high school level before returning to Bridgewater where she was the head field hockey coach from 2000-2002 and the head lacrosse coach from 2000-2004.

Rafalski Hamilton currently spends her time as a wife and mother of three children and as a sales consultant for Willow House Sales. She is also an accomplished runner with marathons and half-marathons to her credit. She ran in the 2011 Richmond Marathon, and her time qualified for the 2012 New York City Marathon and the 2013 Boston Marathon.  She has also participated in duathlons, which involve running and biking. Rafalski Hamilton is also an active volunteer in the local schools and her church.

In recognition of her exemplary college career, both on the playing field and in the classroom, Amy Rafalski Hamilton is certainly deserving of induction into the Bridgewater College Athletic Hall of Fame.