WILLIMANTIC, Conn. – Stephanie L. (Altman) Anderson ’01, one of only two players in the 23-year history of the Eastern Connecticut State University women’s lacrosse program to score as many as 200 career goals, is the first announced inductee into the E-Club Athletic Hall of Fame in 2018, it has been announced by committee chair Scott Smith.
Altman, a native of Voluntown and 1997 graduate of Norwich Free Academy, is the fourth representative from the women’s lacrosse program to gain induction, following Erin Byrnes (2012), Mo Deegan (2014), and Erika Blozie (2016).
The 25th E-Club Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Reception is scheduled for Saturday, October 20 at the Betty R. Tipton Room in the Student Center. A 4 p.m. reception will precede the 5 p.m. ceremony. A buffet meal will be available following the ceremony. Tickets are priced at $50 and must be reserved in advance by contacting Scott Smith at 860-465-4326 or at firstname.lastname@example.org visit the Hall of Fame website at https://easternct.prestosports.com/Hall_of_Fame/index
Playing under three different head coaches in her career – including her high school coach, the late Danny Martineau as a freshman -- the 5-foot-5 inch Altman started all possible 62 matches in her career between 1998 and 2001, and left the program as its first 200-goal scorer (205) and its all-time leader in points (231) after connecting for at least one goal in 58 matches – including the last 32 of her career -- and at least two goals in 49. She is currently ranked second all-time in goals and third in points and holds two of the top six marks for goals in a season and two of the top 12 totals for points in a season.
As a junior, Altman recorded 66 goals in only 12 matches and was ranked second nationally with an average of 5.50 per match. As a senior, she totaled career-highs in goals (74), assists (11) and points (85), ranking eighth nationally in points per match (5.92). That year, the senior captain became the program’s only major award-winner in its four years in the New England Women’s Lacrosse Alliance (NEWLA), when she was voted NEWLA Offensive Player-of-the-Year and to the All-Alliance team for the second straight year.
Having played both midfield and attack, Altman led the team in goals and points in each of her final two seasons, also topping the club in ground balls and draw controls as a junior and in assists as a senior.
Altman joined the program in its third season on the intercollegiate level in 1998, and her 45 goals (currently second-most ever by a freshman) that year helped the Warriors to a 14-3 record – currently equally the second most in a season in program history – a +15 improvement from a 4-8 from in 1997. With four 40-goal scorers that year, Eastern outscored its opponent by nearly 2-to-1 and reached the NEWLA playoff championship match, with Altman contributing six goals and an assist in two matches leading up to the final. That year, Eastern lost its first game in April but did not lose again that month, capturing a record 13 straight heading into the NEWLA final, with Altman amassing 38 goals and six assists during that winning streak.
Having graduated the year prior to Little East Conference competition, Altman played each of her four seasons in NEWLA. She helped the Warriors to the NEWLA South Division outright regular-season title with an 8-1 record and a share of the South Division regular-season title as a senior with a 5-1 mark. With Altman, Eastern won 41 and lost 21 (66.1 percent) overall, was 20-7 in NEWLA regular-season competition and 25-5 at home.
Altman culminated her four-year career in 2001 by becoming the first player in the program’s six-year history to be recognized either regionally or nationally by being selecting to the prestigious IWLCA/STX North-South Farewell Lacrosse Festival, which features the top Division III players in the country in a national all-star game.
Altman holds a B.A. Degree in Psychology from Eastern, an M.A. in Community Psychology from the University of New Haven and a certificate in addictive counseling from Albertus Magnus College, and has been employed at DCF since 2006. She resides in East Hampton with her husband, David, and son, David III.