May 7, 2005

Holy Cross Varsity Club Announces Yearly Awards

May 7, 2005

Worcester, Mass. - The Holy Cross Varsity Club announced its annual awards at its 51st Annual Dinner, held on Saturday, May 7, at the Hogan Campus Center. The Club inducted five new members into the Hall of Fame, along with presenting its annual student-athlete awards. Hall of Fame inductees were: Jerome Fuller (Class of 1992, baseball and football), James Marcellino (Class of 1965, football and lacrosse), Gordon Massa (Class of 1957, baseball, basketball and football), Matthew Muniz (Class of 1987, ice hockey) and Amy O'Brien (Class of 1999, basketball).

Fuller was a two-sport star for the Crusaders in football and baseball. On the gridiron, he was named a first team All-American in 1991, in addition to being selected All-East and All-New England. During the 1991 season, he set school single season records for most yards gained (1,465) and most 100-yard games (nine). On the diamond, Fuller played catcher and in the outfield, earning first team All-Patriot League honors in 1991 and 1992. He batted .369 with a school record 20 stolen bases as a senior in 1992, while throwing out 23 of 25 runners on the basepaths and earning first team All-New England honors.

Marcellino was a two-way player for the Crusader football team, starting for two years as a halfback on offense, and for three seasons as a cornerback and safety on defense. He was the leading rusher on the 1963 team with 406 yards, and led the team in all-purpose yards during the 1963 (939 yards) and 1964 (901 yards) seasons. Marcellino was also a receiving threat out of the backfield, catching a team-best 21 passes for 277 yards in 1963, while leading the team in kickoff and punt return yards in both 1963 (256 yards) and 1964 (281 yards). Marcellino was also a letterwinner on the Crusader lacrosse team.

Massa excelled in several sports for Holy Cross, especially on the baseball diamond, where he played catcher and first base. During his senior year in 1957, he drove in 19 runs in only 19 games, to rank second on the team. Massa also had an excellent season in 1955, leading the team with three homers and 15 runs batted in, as Holy Cross went 13-4 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament. On the gridiron, Massa started at both center and linebacker, with Holy Cross going 14-14-1 overall during his career. He also joined the basketball team as a walk-on during his senior year, and went on to play professional baseball with the Chicago Cubs.

Muniz was a two-year captain of the Crusader hockey team during the 1985-1986 and 1986-1987 seasons. He set a school single season record with 53 assists in 1984-1985, and was named All-New England and second team Titan All-America that year. Muniz also totaled 54 points on 26 goals and 28 assists as a senior, while recording five career hat tricks. Over the course of his collegiate career, Muniz totaled 207 points on 87 goals and 120 assists. He still ranks second all-time at Holy Cross in assists, third in points and sixth in goals. Following the completion of his career as a Crusader, Muniz played in the Atlantic Coast Hockey League.

O'Brien was a four-year letterwinner for the Holy Cross women's basketball team, leading the squad to Patriot League titles in 1996, 1998 and 1999. A first team All-Patriot League selection in each of her final three seasons, O'Brien was named the Patriot League Player of the Year and Scholar-Athlete of the Year in both 1998 and 1999. Only the second player in school history to score over 2,000 career points, she finished her career as a Crusader with 2,075 points, 963 rebounds, 179 assists and 209 steals. O'Brien also holds the top two spots on the Holy Cross single season scoring list, with 782 points as a junior and 643 points as a senior.

STUDENT-ATHLETE AWARDS

Senior outfielder Mary Beth Ryan (Holden, Mass.), a member of the softball team, has been selected as the 2004-2005 Crusader of the Year. A two-year team captain, Ryan earned first team All-Patriot League honors during her sophomore, junior and senior years. She was a 2004 CoSIDA second team Academic All-America selection, has been named to the Dean's List every semester, and has been selected as Valedictorian for the Holy Cross Class of 2005. Ryan has also served on the NCAA Reaccredidation Committee and the Student Advisory Council, in addition to taking part in Holy Cross Cares Day and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Senior Conor Devine (Orchard Park, N.Y.) is the recipient of the John A. Meegan Athletic Achievement Award. A four-year member of the men's rowing team, Devine was a member of two boats which won New England Championship medals - a gold in 2002 and a silver in 2003. He also rowed in boats which won a gold medal at the Patriot League Championship in 2003 and a silver medal in 2002, in addition to taking part in the 2002 Henley Royal Regatta. Away from the rowing team, Devine served as assistant editor of the Purple and as a Eucharistic Minister, in addition to participating in the Chaplain's Office Magis Program.

Senior Elizabeth Corridan (Holliston, Mass.), a member of the women's track and field 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. During the course of her career with the Crusaders, Corridan has improved her mile time by over one minute, and her half mile time by almost 20 seconds. A three-time selection to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll and a six-time honoree on the Dean's List, Corridan has also served as a Eucharistic Minister, and took part in the Appalachia service project and Holy Cross Cares Day.

Senior guard Maggie Fontana (Barrington, Ill.) 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, Fontana finished her career with 1,556 points, 767 rebounds, 420 assists and 251 steals, ranking in the school's all-time top 10 in each category. A three-time All-Patriot League selection and the 2002 Patriot League Rookie of the Year, Fontana also served as co-chair of Purple Pride Day and on the Fairy Godmother Committee, in addition to taking part in Holy Cross Cares Day.

Senior wide receiver Tim McDonnell (Harrison, N.Y.), a member of the football team, has been selected as the inaugural recipient of the Daniel Allen Sportsmanship Award. The Allen Award was established this year, and is presented to the Holy Cross varsity athlete who best exemplifies the qualities of sportsmanship that coach Allen exhibited throughout his life. McDonnell, who played for Allen during his first three seasons with the Crusaders, received the team's 2004 Unsung Hero Award, as the player who has supported the team spiritually, emotionally and physically for the good of the team.

The Richard J. Maloney Award, presented annually to the men's basketball team's most valuable player, will be shared by the Crusaders' co-captains, senior forward John Hurley (South Boston, Mass.) and senior guard Greg Kinsey (Hatboro, Pa.). Hurley led the team with an average of 6.0 rebounds per game this season, in addition to averaging 7.9 points 1.1 assists and 1.0 steals per contest, and shooting 47.5 percent from the floor. Kinsey averaged 5.3 points, 2.8 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.0 steals per game on the year, while hitting 35.2 percent of his shots from three-point range.

Junior second baseman Tucker Frawley (New Haven, Conn.) has received the Hop Riopel Award as the baseball team's most valuable player, marking the second straight season he has received the honor. Frawley led the team with a .409 batting average on the season, in addition to totaling 16 runs batted in and 17 runs scored. The Ray Dobens Award, presented to the most improved baseball player, has gone to sophomore outfielder Jamie Aldrich (Stratford, Conn.). After hitting just .188 and starting only nine games as a freshman in 2004, Aldrich developed into one of the Crusaders' top players this season. He started 35 of Holy Cross' 36 games, batting .264 with 12 runs batted in and 12 runs scored.

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 junior center David Cannon (Export, Pa.), senior linebacker David Fitzpatrick (Long Beach, N.Y.), senior defensive tackle Nick Nelthorpe (Riverside, Calif.) and senior tailback Steve Silva (East Providence, R.I.).

2005 HOLY CROSS VARSITY CLUB HALL OF FAME DINNER AWARD WINNERS

Hall of Fame Inductees: Jerome Fuller (Class of 1992, baseball and football), James Marcellino (Class of 1965, football and lacrosse), Gordon Massa (Class of 1957, baseball, basketball and football), Matthew Muniz (Class of 1987, ice hockey), Amy O'Brien (Class of 1999, basketball).
Crusader of the Year: Mary Beth Ryan.
John A. Meegan Athletic Achievement Award: Conor Devine.
John P. Cooney Memorial Award: Elizabeth Corridan.
Samantha Vellaccio Award: Maggie Fontana.
Daniel Allen Sportsmanship Award: Tim McDonnell.
Richard J. Maloney Award: John Hurley, Greg Kinsey.
Hop Riopel Award: Tucker Frawley.
Ray Dobens Award: Jamie Aldrich.
Davitt Awards: David Cannon, David Fitzpatrick, Nick Nelthorpe, Steve Silva.