#13 Dick Finley
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6'0"   Guard/Forward
HS: Freeport Freeport, NY
Born:  
Season Stats
Season Cl Pos G GS FG FGA % FT FTA % Reb Fls DQ Pts PPG RPG
1961-62 So G 8 0 23     23           49 6.1 0.0
1962-63 Sr G 21 7 46 115 40.0% 17           109 5.2 0.0
Career    
29
+7
69
+115
0.0%
40
0
0.0%
0
0
0
158
5.4
0.0

Dick Finley played basketball for Syracuse University for two seasons. He would gain greater acclaim for his accomplishments in lacrosse.

Finley originally started college at Hofstra, but transferred to Syracuse after his freshman season. He would be a reserve on the basketball team his sophomore season, playing in only eight games because of commitments with lacrosse. Finley would be available all of his senior season for basketball as his eligibility for lacrosse has expired, and would start a third of the games.

Lacrosse was the game Finley excelled at. He played midfield and earned honorable mention All American status his sophomore year, second team All-American status his junior year, and first team All American status his senior year. Finley was considered an innovator in the game of lacrosse [1] and was the first to use the over-the-head shots and wrap checks that are very common today.

After graduating from Syracuse, Finley would coach lacrosse at the Manlius Military Academy from 1963 to 1964, and at his alma mater Freeport High School from 1965-1973. He guided the team to the state championship in 1971.

In 1999, Dick Finley was inducted into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame.

[1] Lacrosse information from bio of Richard C. Finley in the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame

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