Hall of Fame Inductee – Reunion 2006
Jessica Platt says that athletics have been part of her life and her identity from an early age. A New York City native who grew up in Rhinebeck, New York, she followed numerous high school sports with a stellar four years in two sports at Drew.
In field hockey Jess is still second in career assists and seventh in career points, ranking third, fourth, and tenth on the single season assist list. She started in every game she played after her first year, scoring 25 goals and 5 assists for a total of 55 points in her senior year. She was named to the Middle Atlantic Conference Fall Academic Honor Roll twice, was the MAC fourth leading scorer in 1991, and was a MAC All-Star in her junior year and a second-team MAC All-Star as a senior. Jess was named to the Jersey “9″ All-Star Field Hockey Team and the 1992 Jersey “9″ Fall Sports Honor Roll. Earning seventh place in New Jersey College field hockey scoring in 1992, when she was team co-captain, she was selected to the Drew Fall Festival All-Tournament Team.
Lacrosse was a new sport for Jess, but that didn’t slow her down. She is currently seventh on the career goals and the career ground balls Top-10 lists, ninth in career points, and tenth in career assists. She was named a GTE District II Academic All-American, and a 1992 and 1993 Regional All-American. In 1992 she was named the New Jersey Intercollegiate Spring Coaches and Sports Media Association’s Women’s College Lacrosse Athlete of the Week, and was part of the IWLCA All-American Third Team as well as achieving Honorable Mention for USWLA All-America. The first MAC player to score 100 points in both field hockey and lacrosse, she was a MAC Lacrosse All-Star in both 1992 and 1993. In 1993 she was a Second Team Brine National All-American as well as being recognized as a Jersey “9″ Player of the Week.
Jess graduated magna cum laude with a psychology major and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and Psi Chi, the national honor society in psychology. With an NCAA post-graduate scholarship in hand, she earned a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck in 2000. She is now a specialist in child abuse with the Center for the Protection of Children at St. Clare’s Hospital in Sussex County, New Jersey. Jessica and her husband, Bill Strack C’94, a high school social studies teacher, live in Warwick, New York with their four-year-old son, Jeremy Platt-Strack.