May 6, 2006
WORCESTER, Mass. - The Holy Cross Varsity Club announced its yearly awards at its 52nd annual dinner, held on Saturday, May 6, at the Hogan Campus Center. Leading the way was senior Tyler McGregor (Ajax, Ontario) of the men's ice hockey team, who was selected as the 2005-2006 Crusader of the Year. In addition to presenting its annual student-athlete awards, the club also inducted five new members into the Hall of Fame. Hall of Fame inductees were: Tom Alberghini (Class of 1943, football), Susan Daley (Class of 1992, track & field), Kevin Greaney (Class of 1982, basketball), Genoa Grosch (Class of 1999, softball) and Nick Manzello (honorary, sports writer).
Senior forward Tyler McGregor (Ajax, Ontario.), a member of the men's ice hockey team, has been selected as the 2005-2006 Crusader of the Year. A team captain, McGregor earned third team All-America honors this year, after leading Holy Cross to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament with a 4-3 overtime victory over Minnesota. The Atlantic Hockey Player of the Year and the Atlantic Hockey Sportsmanship Award winner, McGregor led the Crusaders in goals (26) and points (54) this season, while he was tied for second on the team in assists (28). His 0.68 goals per game ranked him sixth in the country, while his 1.42 points per game were seventh nationally. McGregor also scored 13 power play goals this year, to tie the school single season record and rank fifth in the nation. He concluded his Holy Cross career with 70 goals and 67 assists for 137 points in 143 games. McGregor is tied for 15th all-time at Holy Cross in points and is second in games played.
Senior Tony Quesada (South Freeport, Maine) is the recipient of the John A. Meegan Athletic Achievement Award. A four-year member of the men's ice hockey team, Quesada was named second team All-Atlantic Hockey this season after posting a 22-6-2 record with 840 saves, a 2.30 goals against average and a .925 save percentage. A semifinalist for the Walter Brown Award as the top American-born player in New England, he set school single season records for victories and save percentage this year. In addition, Quesada broke the Holy Cross career records for victories (61), goals against average (2.50), save percentage (.915), games played (105) and minutes played (6033:54).
Senior Kolt Bloxson (Fitchburg, Mass.), a member of the women's ice hockey team, received the John P. Cooney Memorial Award, which is presented to a senior letterwinner who has performed beyond all expectations with courage, loyalty and dedication. Bloxson ranked third on the team in scoring this season with 21 points on 11 goals and 10 assists. Over the course of her four-year career as a Crusader, she totaled 113 points on 56 goals and 57 assists. Off the ice, Bloxson worked with the City of Worcester and the Student Government Association to earn Holy Cross a No Place for Hate designation through the Anti-Defamation League. She also took part in a summer immersion program in Kenya through the Chaplains' Office.
Senior wide receiver Sean Gruber (Richwood, Ky.), a member of the football team, and senior designated hitter Keith Simard (Woodville, Mass.), a member of the baseball team, have been selected as the recipients of the Daniel Allen Sportsmanship Award. The Allen Award was established in 2005, and is presented to the Holy Cross varsity athlete who best exemplifies the qualities of sportsmanship that coach Allen exhibited throughout his life. After not playing in any games during his freshman year and fighting through back injuries, Gruber finished his career as Holy Cross' all-time leader with 22 touchdown receptions, while totaling 122 catches for 1,871 yards. An outstanding team player, Gruber also helped the 2005 Crusaders to the school's first winning season since 2000. Simard came to Holy Cross as a pitcher, but saw limited action during his first three seasons due to an elbow injury, and was eventually forced to have surgery. In 2006, he switched positions to designated hitter to help the team, and totaled 13 hits with a home run in 16 starts.
The Richard J. Maloney Award, presented annually to the men's basketball team's most valuable player, was awarded to senior guard Kevin Hamilton (Queens Village, N.Y.). Hamilton served as team captain this year, and averaged 17.6 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 3.3 steals per game. He was named the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year, in addition to being a first team All-Patriot League selection for the second straight season. Hamilton led the Patriot League in scoring, rebounds and steals, and was the only player in the nation to lead his conference in all three of those categories. Over the course of his Holy Cross career, he set school records for steals (292), three-pointers made (222) and three-pointers attempted (640), while placing ninth all-time at Holy Cross in assists (308), 10th in field goals attempted (1,196) and 11th in points scored (1,492).
Senior guard Jessica Conte (New Canaan, Conn.) has been awarded the Samantha Vellaccio Award, which is presented annually to the varsity women's basketball player who best exemplifies the mission of Holy Cross both on and off the court. A tri-captain of this year's team, Conte averaged 8.1 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.1 steals and 1.6 assists per game, while leading the Crusaders to an overall record of 16-14 and a second place finish in the Patriot League. Over the course of her career, she totaled 737 points and 319 rebounds, while her 120 games played tied for the third-most in school history. Off the court, Conte played a large role in Holy Cross' involvement with the Mercy Centre, a private day school located in Worcester that services students aged 6-22 with special needs.
Senior second baseman Tucker Frawley (New Haven, Conn.) has received the Hop Riopel Award as the baseball team's most valuable player, joining Ronnie Perry (Class of 1980) as the only players in Holy Cross history to earn the honor three times. Frawley led the team with a .380 batting average, 37 runs batted in and 10 doubles, while starting all 43 of the team's games. He also broke Perry's all-time school record for career hits with 190, and set a Holy Cross single season record with 171 at-bats in 2006. The Ray Dobens Award, presented to the most improved baseball player, has gone to junior outfielder Norm Roth (Oragne, Conn.). After entering the season with a .215 career batting average in only 24 games played, Roth developed into one of the Crusaders' top players this season. He played in 39 games this year with 38 starts, batting .319 with 32 runs scored, 16 runs batted in and nine doubles.
Four football players were presented with the Davitt Awards, as the top backs and linemen on both sides of the ball. The Davitt Awards were instituted by Jim Davitt of Holyoke, Mass. (Class of 1913), in memory of his brother, Rev. William Davitt (Class of 1907), who played football and ran track while at Holy Cross, and was the last United States officer to lose his life in World War I. This year's winners were senior center David Cannon (Export, Pa.), junior cornerback Casey Gough (Hinsdale, Ill.), junior linebacker Chris Nielsen (Center Line, Mich.) and senior tailback Steve Silva (East Providence, R.I.).
HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
Tom Alberghini was a star offensive lineman on the Holy Cross football team from 1939-1942, helping lead the Crusaders to an overall record of 20-15-4 (.564) during his four-year career. He opened up many holes for the likes of John Grigas, John Bezemes and Ed Murphy, all of whom are inducted in the Hall of Fame. During Alberghini's senior season, the Crusaders ended the year with a 55-12 victory over previously unbeaten and top-ranked Boston College at Fenway Park. He was named All-East at the conclusion of his senior year, and played in the East-West Shrine Game. Alberghini went on to play professionally with the Pittsburgh Steelers in the National Football League.
Susan Daley was a standout on the Crusader women's track & field team, running in both the hurdle events and on relay teams. During her senior year, she was the Patriot League indoor champion in the 55-meter hurdles (8.45 seconds), while winning Patriot League outdoor titles in the 100-meter hurdles (14.62 seconds) and the 400-meter hurdles (1:03.05). Daley also won the New England outdoor title in the 100-meter hurdles as a senior, after being the New England indoor and outdoor champion in the hurdles as a sophomore. She still holds the all-time Holy Cross records in the 55-meter hurdles (8.17 seconds), the 100-meter hurdles (14.51 seconds) and the 400-meter hurdles (1:03.05), and was also a member of the 4x100-meter relay team which set a then-school record at the 1989 Penn Relays. Daley also received the John A. Meegan Athletic Achievement Award from the Varsity Club in 1992.
Kevin Greaney was a three-year starter on the Holy Cross men's basketball team, serving as co-captain during his senior year in 1981-1982. He helped lead the team to an overall record of 72-43 (.626) over the course of his career, with the Crusaders advancing to the NCAA Tournament once and the National Invitation Tournament twice. During his senior year, Greaney led the team in scoring with an average of 14.4 points per game, and was named first team All-ECAC. He finished his career with 1,150 points, including a high of 28 against Boston College during his senior year, and still ranks as Holy Cross' 26th all-time leading scorer. Between his junior and senior seasons, Greaney was a member of the NIT All-Star team which toured Columbia and the Dominican Republic. He also received the Richard J. Maloney Award from the Varsity Club in 1982, as the basketball team's MVP.
Genoa Grosch was the top pitcher on the Crusader softball team for four years, earning first team All-Patriot League honors during each of her four seasons. She was named the Patriot League Pitcher of the Year in 1996, 1998 and 1999, and also earned Patriot League Tournament MVP honors in 1998, after leading Holy Cross to the conference regular season and tournament titles. Grosch holds Holy Cross single season marks for strikeouts (192 in 1999), wins (20 in 1999), earned run average (1.11 in 1998), starts (26 in 1999), complete games (24 in 1998) and shutouts (10 in 1999), in addition to holding the school career records for strikeouts (579), wins (56), earned run average (1.27), starts (87), complete games (81) and shutouts (27). Her single season marks of 10 shutouts and 192 strikeouts are also Patriot League records, along with her 1.27 career earned run average. Grosch received the John A. Meegan Athletic Achievement Award from the Varsity Club in 1998.
Nick Manzello has covered Holy Cross since 1962 as a sports writer and columnist for the Worcester Telegram & Gazette. He has received more than 70 media awards, including the 1978 United Press International award for outstanding feature story. Manzello also serves as the host for local radio and television shows in Worcester, and has written a pair of books, entitled Sports Twisters and Legacy of the Gladiators. He is also on the advisory board for the Norwich Navigators, and serves as the chairman of the Massachusetts State Boxing Commission.
2006 HOLY CROSS VARSITY CLUB HALL OF FAME DINNER AWARD WINNERS
Crusader of the Year: Tyler McGregor.
John A. Meegan Athletic Achievement Award: Tony Quesada.
John P. Cooney Memorial Award: Kolt Bloxson.
Daniel Allen Sportsmanship Award: Sean Gruber, Keith Simard.
Richard J. Maloney Award: Kevin Hamilton.
Samantha Vellaccio Award: Jessica Conte.
Hop Riopel Award: Tucker Frawley.
Ray Dobens Award: Norm Roth.
Davitt Awards: David Cannon, Casey Gough, Chris Nielsen, Steve Silva.
Hall of Fame Inductees: Tom Alberghini (Class of 1943, football), Susan Daley (Class of 1992, track & field), Kevin Greaney (Class of 1982, basketball), Genoa Grosch (Class of 1999, softball), Nick Manzello (honorary, sports writer).