Carli Lloyd stands alone for her many accomplishments on the soccer field. (Jeffrey Auger Photo)
PISCATAWAY, N.J. – U.S. women’s national team and Sky Blue FC captain Carli Lloyd will be inducted into the 2018 class of the Rutgers Athletics Hall of Fame in October.
The 2018 Hall of Fame class will be inducted at the Annual Rutgers Athletics Hall of Fame Dinner Friday, Oct. 19, which will be held at the East Brunswick Hilton. Further details regarding the Hall of Fame Dinner will be announced shortly. Online registration will open in August.
“I am honored to be included in the Rutgers Athletics’ 2018 Hall of Fame class,” Lloyd said. “My Rutgers experience challenged me both academically and athletically, and I am proud to say that I graduated from this amazing school. I am looking forward to celebrating this incredible honor with my fellow inductees and other members of the Rutgers family.”
Lloyd and the newest inductees will be recognized when Rutgers hosts Northwestern University in a football game at High Point Solutions Stadium Saturday, Oct. 20.
“Every day, we talk about being engaged in the relentless pursuit of excellence, and this Hall of Fame class represents this sentiment perfectly,” Rutgers director of athletics Pat Hobbs said. “Their collective accomplishments have not only impacted Rutgers, but their respective sports on an expansive scale. Bringing our greats back to ‘The Banks’ is always a very special experience, and we look forward to sharing it with the families of our inductees and the Rutgers community.”
Lloyd grew up in Delran, N.J., before playing her college soccer at Rutgers. She made her debut for the U.S. national team in 2005 and has eclipsed 250 caps and 100 international goals.
She has risen tallest on the grandest of stages, scoring the game-winning goal in the gold-edal match of the 2008 and 2012 Olympics. Lloyd also forged one of the most phenomenal performances Women’s World Cup history when she registered a hat-trick in the opening 16 minutes of the U.S.’s 5-2 win over Japan in the 2015 final. She finished the competition with six goals and earned the Golden Ball as the best player of the tournament.
Lloyd capped off that year by being voted the FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year, winning similar honors in 2016 FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year. She was also voted the runner-up to the award in 2017.