Holy Cross Varsity Club Announces Yearly Award Winners
Video: Student-Athlete Award
WORCESTER, Mass. – The Holy Cross Varsity Club announced its yearly awards at its 58th annual dinner, held on Saturday, May 4, at the Hogan Campus Center. Leading the way was senior Brandon Nunn (Fairport, N.Y.) of the men’s ice hockey team, who was selected as the 2012-2013 Crusader of the Year. In addition to presenting its annual student-athlete awards, the club also inducted six new members into the Hall of Fame. Hall of Fame inductees were: Bob Credle (Class of 1965, cross country, track and field), Kevin Hamilton (Class of 2006, basketball), Annie Lavigne (Class of 2001, field hockey), Tyler McGregor (Class of 2006, ice hockey), Jack Whalen (Class of 1962, football, lacrosse) and the 2002 Women’s Varsity Eight (rowing).
Senior forward Brandon Nunn (Fairport, N.Y.), a member of the men’s ice hockey team, has been selected as the 2012-2013 Crusader of the Year. Nunn was named a Senior Class Award first team All-American this year, for his accomplishments both on and off the ice. During the 2012-2013 campaign, he scored a team-best 16 goals and 11 assists for 27 points, as Holy Cross posted its second straight 20-win season. Nunn finished his collegiate career with 39 goals and 30 assists for 69 points in 109 games played, while leading the Crusaders to an overall record of 69-64-18 during his four years. Off the ice, he has been a three-time selection to the Atlantic Hockey All-Academic team and is a member of the Alpha Sigma Nu honor society. Nunn also founded Power Play Points for Pink, which has raised over $22,000 to fund breast cancer research and treatment, and has been active in the Crusaders for Kids program.
Senior Brittany Gorski (Tewksbury, Mass.) from the women’s track and field team is the recipient of the John A. Meegan Athletic Achievement Award. Gorski won the 2013 New England indoor championship in the 800-meter run in a school indoor record time of 2:10.65, and the 2013 Patriot League outdoor championship in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:12.57. She also won first team All-Patriot League honors as a member of the 2010 Patriot League outdoor champion and school record setting 4x400-meter relay team, and is a three-time second team All-Patriot League selection in the 800-meter run (2013 indoor), 400-meter hurdles (2012 outdoor) and 4x800-meter relay (2012 indoor). A team captain and a member of the Holy Cross Leadership Academy, Gorski is a two-time recipient of the team’s Coaches’ Award and was selected to the 2012 Patriot League Academic Honor Roll. Away from the track, she was the co-chair of Sweet Dreamzzz and volunteered with the Holy Cross Goes Unified program and Big Brothers / Big Sisters.
Senior outfielder Josh Olson (Woodbury, Minn.), a member of the baseball 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. Olson has hit .229 over the course of his Holy Cross career with 24 runs scored, 12 doubles, two home runs and 24 runs batted in. He has been very active off the field as well, serving as the team’s coordinator for its involvement with Big Brothers / Big Sisters. In addition, Olson has been involved with the Holy Cross Goes Unified program and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, while serving on the Hanify-Howland Memorial Lecture committee. He was also selected to the Patriot League All-Academic team in 2011, has been named to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll three times and is a member of the Alpha Sigma Nu honor society.
Senior righthanded pitcher George Perrotta (Eastchester, N.Y.), a member of the baseball team, has been selected as the recipient 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 making the varsity roster during either his freshman or sophomore year, Perrotta remained committed and finally earned a spot on the pitching staff as a junior. He earned a victory in his only start of the 2012 season, allowing just two runs on four hits in five innings. This year, he has earned a more prominent role for the Crusaders, appearing in 12 games with two starts, and allowing 13 runs on 27 hits with eight strikeouts in 17-2/3 innings of work.
HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
Credle was a middle distance and cross country runner for Holy Cross from 1961-1965. While serving as a team co-captain during his senior year, he won the New England outdoor championship in the 440-yard run with a time of 48.5 seconds. Credle was also the New England outdoor champion in the 880-yard run as a junior with a time of 1:52.8 seconds. A key part of Crusader teams which captured the New England title in both his junior and senior years, he also placed third in the 600-yard run at the NCAA indoor championship in 1964 with a time of 1:10.8. With that mark, Credle broke the school record in the 600-yard run, which would stand for eight years.
Hamilton was a standout guard on the Holy Cross men’s basketball team from 2002-2006. He led the Crusaders to two Patriot League regular season titles (2003 and 2005) and one Patriot League Tournament title (2003) during his four years. Hamilton’s teams also appeared in the NCAA Tournament (2003) and the National Invitation Tournament (2005), while posting an overall record of 84-39 during his four years on the team. He set the all-time Patriot League and Holy Cross records with 292 career steals, broke the school career records for three-pointers made (222) and three-pointers attempted (640), and scored 1,492 career points. During his career, Hamilton was named the Patriot League Player of the Year (2005), the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year (2006) and was an honorable mention All-America selection by the Associated Press (2005). Following his graduation from Holy Cross, he played professional basketball in Puerto Rico, Poland, France and Germany.
Lavigne was a four-year starter and defensive stalwart on the Crusader field hockey team from 1997-2000. She led Holy Cross to three Patriot League Tournament titles and two Patriot League regular season championships, with the team posting an overall record of 49-33 during her four years. Lavigne served as team captain during her senior season, when she was also named the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year and the Patriot League Tournament most valuable player. A three-time All-Patriot League and two-time All-New England selection, she ranked third all-time at Holy Cross in career interceptions (520) and seventh in career points scored (57) at the time of her graduation. Lavigne also received the 2001 Honorable John P. Cooney Memorial Award from the Varsity Club.
McGregor 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 scoring the game-winning goal in overtime to defeat Minnesota 4-3 in the 2006 NCAA West Regional. As a team captain during his senior season, McGregor was named the Atlantic Hockey Player of the Year and received third team All-America honors. A two-time first team All-Atlantic Hockey selection, he led the team in goals scored during both his junior (21) and senior (26) years. McGregor totaled 137 points over the course of his collegiate career on 70 goals and 67 assists, and was selected as the 2005-2006 Crusader of the Year. Following his graduation, he played professionally in the American Hockey League and the Central Hockey League.
Whalen was a standout member of the Holy Cross football and men’s lacrosse teams in the early 1950s and late 1960s. A three-year starter as a two-way tackle on the gridiron, Whalen helped the Crusaders to an overall record of 19-11 from 1959-1961. A team captain during his senior season, he played a key role in Holy Cross’ 38-26 victory over Boston College in the final game of his collegiate career. Whalen also served as a captain of the lacrosse team as a senior, when he was named honorable mention All-New England. Following his graduation he spent many years in the United States Marine Corps, retiring with the rank of colonel.
The 2002 Varsity Eight had one of the most successful seasons in the history of women’s rowing at Holy Cross. After winning the Textile River Regatta and the New Hampshire Championship Regatta in the fall portion of its schedule, the boat posted an undefeated regular season in the spring. The Crusaders then went on to capture first place at the Patriot Regatta and third place at the New England Championship, before earning a first place finish out of 24 schools at the ECAC National Invitational Regatta. The boat was comprised of Lizzie McCawley, Rebecca Smith, Marie Golden, Maura Droney, Cathy Eberl, Dana Betts, Angela Archambault, Melissa Irving, Bridget Biggins and Madeline Chiampou.
2013 HOLY CROSS VARSITY CLUB HALL OF FAME DINNER AWARD WINNERS
Crusader of the Year: Brandon Nunn.
John A. Meegan Athletic Achievement Award: Brittany Gorski.
John P. Cooney Memorial Award: Josh Olson.
Daniel Allen Sportsmanship Award: George Perrotta.
Hall of Fame Inductees: Bob Credle (Class of 1965, cross country, track and field), Kevin Hamilton (Class of 2006, basketball), Annie Lavigne (Class of 2001, field hockey), Tyler McGregor (Class of 2006, ice hockey), Jack Whalen (Class of 1962, football, lacrosse) and the 2002 Women’s Varsity Eight (rowing).