Bob Sandell's stellar lacrosse career began at Baltimore's St. Paul's School, where he was an outstanding midfielder from 1943-1945. During those three years, St. Paul's had an unblemished 44-0 record and won three consecutive MSA championships. In Sandell's senior year at St. Paul's, the Crusaders average margin of victory over MSA opponents was an incredible 16.9 goals. As a key in the Crusader's awesome attack, Sandell earned All-Maryland honors in 1944 and 1945.
Sandell went on to Johns Hopkins University where his complete abilities as a midfielder won him third team All-American honors in 1949 and first team honors in 1950. During his four years at Johns Hopkins (1947-1950), Sandell's efforts helped the Blue Jays to four consecutive National Collegiate Championships, one of which was shared with Navy in 1949. Hopkins piled up a 31-4 record during Sandell's undergraduate years, losing only to powerhouse Mt. Washington Club.
Sandell continued his association with the game after college as an assistant coach at Washington & Lee University in 1951, and as head coach of the University of Virginia from 1955-1958. The lacrosse world should also recognize Bob Sandell as one of the nation's most respected lacrosse officials. He spent 30 years officiating not only lacrosse, but also basketball. Additionally, Sandell served as an Atlantic Coast Conference football official, presiding over more than 250 major college contests and eight bowl games from 1956-1984. Sandell was inducted into his high school Hall of Fame in 2008. He passed away in 2011.