Sewickley Academy to induct 2 new hall of famers
Sewickley Academy will honor two of the most outstanding female athletes in school history this weekend when Gloria Lozano and Sarah Grenert-Funk are inducted into the school's Sports Hall of Fame.
Members of the Class of 2000, Lozano and Grenert-Funk were standouts in soccer, lacrosse and basketball. They were key members of the 1999 girls soccer team that captured the WPIAL championship as well as the 1999 and 2000 girls lacrosse squads that won MSLA titles.
“They were stars in so many different sports,” said Win Palmer, athletic director at Sewickley Academy. “Our standout female athletes today owe gratitude to them.
“They are great role models.”
During their high school careers, the duo carried on the long tradition of success in female athletics at Sewickley Academy, according to Palmer.
“They are the prototypical modern athletes,” Palmer said. “They both did a phenomenal job while they were here and went on to be outstanding college athletes.”
Lozano was chosen as the Best All-Around Athlete at Sewickley Academy during her senior year.
Both Lozano and Grenert-Funk experienced athletic success on the lacrosse field at the collegiate level.
Lozano played at Georgetown University and earned Division I All-American honors from 2002-04 for her efforts as a midfielder. She earned Big East accolades as well, including first team all-conference from 2002-04 and Midfielder of the Year in 2003. She also holds the Georgetown University record for draw controls.
Lozano also achieved collegiate success as an assistant coach at the University of Pennsylvania from 2004-09. Penn won three Ivy League championships and reached the Division I Final Four three times during her time as an assistant coach.
Grenert-Funk was a key member of the Middlebury College lacrosse team that won NCAA Division III championships in 2002 and 2004. She was a first team All-American selection and a team captain in 2004, a season that also earned her the team's Unsung Hero Award.
As a junior in 2003, Grenert-Funk, a goalie, was the NCAA Division III leader in goals-against average.
Lozano and Grenert-Funk will be recognized during an assembly at 11:30 a.m. Friday that will kick off Sewickley Academy's Reunion Weekend. The assembly is open to the public.
In addition to the Sports Hall of Fame induction, Lozano and Grenert-Funk will conduct a series of lacrosse skills clinics on Saturday, from 9:30 a.m. to noon. For more information or to register for the clinic, visit www.sewickley.org/hoflacrosse.
Kevin Ritchart is a freelance writer.