Holy Cross Varsity Club Announces 2014 Class In Athletic Hall Of Fame
WORCESTER, Mass. – The Holy Cross Varsity Club has announced the 2014 selections for induction into the Holy Cross Athletic Hall of Fame. The 2014 inductees into the Hall of Fame are Fran Dyson (Class of 1953, baseball, basketball), Mary Fitzgerald Riley (Class of 1983, field hockey, basketball, softball), Matt Ney (Class of 2003, soccer), Tom Noering (Class of 1963, track and field), Tony Quesada (Class of 2006, ice hockey) and Jim Sweeney (Class of 2001, baseball).
Dyson was a two-sport standout for the Holy Cross baseball and basketball teams from 1950-1953. He was the first baseman on the Crusaders’ 1952 squad which won the NCAA championship, going eight for 24 (.333) with six runs batted in during the College World Series. Over the course of the 1952 season, Dyson hit .300 while leading the team with 175 putouts. He then hit .315 during his senior season in 1953, while once again leading the team to the NCAA Tournament. In basketball, Dyson was considered one of the team’s top backcourt defenders, helping the squad to appearances in the 1952 National Invitation Tournament and the 1953 NCAA Tournament. Over the course of his collegiate career, the Crusaders posted overall marks of 46-11 in baseball and 64-15 in basketball. Dyson would later return to Holy Cross as the head coach of the softball team from 1993-1997, earning Patriot League Coach of the Year honors in 1995.
Fitzgerald played three varsity sports for the Crusaders, earning a school-record total of 12 letters as a member of the field hockey, basketball and softball teams. She was a four-year starter on the field hockey team, and ranked among the team’s leading scorers during her junior and senior seasons. Fitzgerald also started all four years on the softball team, where she was one of the squad’s best hitters. In addition, she was a two-year starter at point guard for the basketball team, while helping the team to an overall record of 71-26 during her career. Fitzgerald served as a team captain in all three sports during her senior year, and received the 1983 John A. Meegan Athletic Achievement Award
Ney was a standout forward on the Crusader men’s soccer team from 1999-2002. He recorded 38 goals and 16 assists for 92 points during his four years, and still ranks as Holy Cross’ all-time leader in career goals scored and career points scored. Twice named the Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year, Ney was also a four-time All-Patriot League selection and a two-time All-New England honoree. He led the team to three Patriot League regular season titles (1999, 2001 and 2002), with the 2002 squad capturing the conference tournament championship and advancing to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history. Over the course of his four years on the team, Ney helped the Crusaders to an overall record of 40-24-7, with a 19-5-2 mark in Patriot League regular season play.
Noering was a star member of the track and field squad for the Crusaders during the early 1960s. He ran distances from 440 yards to 1,000 yards, and was also a key member of several outstanding relay teams. During his senior year, Noering ran the anchor leg on teams which set school records in the indoor one-mile relay (3:18.0) and the outdoor one-mile relay (3:12.6). He also ran the second leg on the indoor two-mile relay team, which broke the school record in 1963 (7:32.6), and was part of the two-mile relay team which won both the AAU and IC4A titles during his sophomore season in 1961. As a senior in 1963, Noering was a key part of the Holy Cross team which won the New England outdoor championship.
Quesada was a standout member of the Holy Cross men’s ice hockey team from 2002-2006. He led the Crusaders to two Atlantic Hockey Association championships and the first two NCAA Tournament appearances in school history, while earning the win in the 4-3 overtime victory over Minnesota in the 2006 NCAA West Regional. Quesada was a two-time All-Atlantic Hockey selection, in addition to being named to the Atlantic Hockey All-Tournament team twice. Over the course of his collegiate career, Quesada went 61-33-8 with 2,700 saves, a 2.50 goals against average and a .915 save percentage. He still ranks as Holy Cross’ all-time leader in career victories, save percentage and goals against average. Quesada also set school single-season records for victories (22), winning percentage (.767) and save percentage (.925) during his senior season in 2005-2006. Following the completion of his career, he received the 2006 John A. Meegan Athletic Achievement Award.
Sweeney was a star member of the Holy Cross baseball team from 1998-2000. As a sophomore in 1999, he led the Patriot League and ranked fourth in the nation with a .448 batting average, in addition to going 5-4 on the mound with a 3.80 earned run average and 78 strikeouts. Sweeney was chosen as the 1999 Patriot League Player of the Year and received third team All-America honors from the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, in addition to being selected first team All-Patriot League as both a pitcher and a designated hitter. He then hit .319 with 27 runs batted in during the 2000 season, to once again earn first team all-conference honors. Sweeney’s career batting average of .375 still ranks as the fifth all-time in Holy Cross history and the third all-time in Patriot League history. Following the 2000 season, he was drafted in the 14th round by the Chicago White Sox.
These new honorees will be formally inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, May 3, at the Varsity Club’s annual dinner, to be held in the Hogan Campus Center.