Jed Raymond, a member of the Class of 2000, was key to the men’s lacrosse program’s rise to national prominence. The defender was a three-time first-team All-American selection and was twice named the National Defensive Player of the Year. After the 1999 season, he earned National Player of the Year honors from College Lacrosse U.S.A.
During his four seasons, the team rose from ECAC Champions in 1997 to NCAA Champions in 2000. The Panthers became the first Division III team from New England to win an NCAA Tournament game in 1998, before advancing to the title game in 1999. In addition to his national honors, Raymond was named the NESCAC, New England, and ECAC Player of the Year as a senior. He also received Scholar All-American honors.
Raymond was such a tenacious defender that teams based their entire offensive game plans around him. According to a Lacrosse Magazine article after the 2000 NCAA Championship game, “Jed Raymond was a dominant presence on the field, and his well-timed aggressiveness trickled down to the rest of his defense to defeat the high-powered offense of the Salisbury Gulls.”
Following graduation, he played briefly for the Boston Canons and Bridgeport Barrage in Major League Lacrosse (MLL).