Alison Hersey Risch was a standout player on the U.S. teams from 1961 to 1970, serving as the team captain from 1964 onward. An accomplished field hockey player during her time at Mount Holyoke College, Risch was not introduced to lacrosse until she began graduate studies at Tufts University. It was during this time that she began playing with the Boston Women's Lacrosse Association.
Risch quickly became a top-notch player on the U.S. squad and played on U.S. touring teams that visited Australia, Great Britain and Ireland.
An internationally-rated umpire, she had been officiating for 41 years at the time of her induction and was still active at the Division III level.
In addition to the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame, Risch was part of the inaugural induction class for the U.S. Field Hockey Hall of Fame.