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Eleanor K. Gaffney

Hall of Fame


Inducted 2010


Boston Women's Lacrosse

Inducted as a truly great player, Keady Gaffney was a member of the Boston Women’s Lacrosse Association from 1953-1962 and a member of the All-Boston first team from 1954-1962. She was named to the U.S. National Lacrosse Team from 1955 to 1961 and to the U.S. Reserve Team in 1954 and 1962. She traveled to the British Isles as a member of the 1957 U.S. Touring Team, participating in matches against England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. 

During this time she was also selected as a member of the US Field Hockey First and Reserve teams and toured in Europe and England. Gaffney was the founder and co-director of the Cape Cod Field Hockey and Lacrosse Camp from 1975 to 1985. She served as a U.S. National Lacrosse Umpire, taught and coached lacrosse for many years, and was instrumental in developing lacrosse in the town of Sandwich, Mass. For 26 years, she was an elected member of the Sandwich School Committee. 

Gaffney graduated from Boston University's Sargent College of Physical Education in 1953 and was inducted into the B.U. Athletics Hall of Fame in 1981, the New England Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2002, and the Women’s Hall of Fame – Northeast New Agenda in 2003. She was married to Owen J. Gaffney in 1962 and passed her love for sports to their four children and seven grandchildren. Eleanor Gaffney passed away in February 2022.