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Friday, August 20, 2010

Quinnipiac Hall of Fame

Courtesy of Quinnipiac athletics:

Some observations:
That's a lot of people to be inducting at once.

I'm too young to have written stories about so many of these inductees.

Queen Edwards and Linda Wooster have done so much for athletics in this area, not just at Quinnipiac and are very deserving.

Quinnipiac will induct 14 individuals and two teams into its Athletic Hall of Fame on Oct. 9 during Homecoming Weekend. An induction brunch will take place at 11 a.m. at the TD Bank Sports Center. Cost is $45 for adults and $12 for children, age 12 and under.

Register online at or call 203-582-8610 for more information.

Advanced ticket purchase is required.

Rick Buckholz '88 was a four-year member of the men's ice hockey team, from 1983-87. He holds the all-time single-game records for goals and points. He totaled six goals, the most in school history, against Scranton on Feb. 21, 1987, after totaling eight points against Lehigh on Jan. 28, 1986. Buckholz sits in third place all-time in goals in a season (31), and in fifth place all-time with 76 career goals. His 126 career points put him in a tie for 15th all-time.

Mike Buscetto '93 finished as one of the greatest point guards in school history. Buscetto was the all-time assists leader with 624 helpers-a mark that stands today. In addition, he also broke the single-season, three point field goals record and ranks eighth all time in that category. Buscetto ranks in the Top 20 in career points with 1,165, second all-time in steals with 195, and also compiled the top two, and three of the top 10, single-season assist totals.

A four-year member of the field hockey team, Catie Canetti '00/ '02 was named Female Athlete of the Year after earning All-Northeast Conference honors after her junior season in 1999; she earned All-Region honors as well. She was named to the All-NEC team twice and earned All-Region honors in her final two seasons. Canetti graduated as the all-time leader in goals (30) and points (69). She held single-season records with 13 goals in 1999, while also totaling 33 points. She currently ranks second in career goals and points, while her single-season goal and point totals also stand second all-time. Canetti also played two seasons for the women's lacrosse team.

Chris Cerrella '01, who played from 1997-2001, is Quinnipiac's all-time leading scorer. He made an immediate impact as a freshman, scoring 32 goals while assisting on 34 more for 66 points. His first-year totals stand today as program records. A two-time All-MAAC Hockey First Team selection in 2000 and 2001, Cerrella holds the record for goals (99) and points (205) in a career and is the only player in QU Division I history to score four goals in a game. Playing his final three years at the Division I level, Cerrella holds the University's Division I record for career goals (67) and points (149), while his 72 assists ranked second.

In 2001, Colleen Dooley '01 finished her career at Quinnipiac as the program's all-time leader in goals (84), assists (29) and points (113). In addition, she was one of two players to score 20 goals and 30 points twice in a four-year career. A two-time All-NEC selection, Dooley was the leading scorer for most of her career in the early stages of Quinnipiac's Division I history. She became the first women's lacrosse player at Quinnipiac to score in her first seven collegiate games, winning Athlete of the Month honors.

Queen Edwards' Smith '96 successful career culminated in 1995 with 1,207 points, 594 rebounds, 476 assists and 394 steals. She ranks in Quinnipiac's All-Time Top 10 in all categories today. After serving as a reserve as a freshman, starting in just seven of 27 games, Edwards cracked the starting lineup as a sophomore and started 74 of her final 76 games. That season, she scored a career-high 451 points for a 16.7 per-game average, while also collecting a career-best 156 assists. She was a three-yearAll-Northeast-10 Conference selection, while also earning Defensive Player of the Year honors twice.

As a four-year starter for the baseball team, Lou Iannotti '82 led Quinnipiac to the first NCAA Division II Regional Tournament in the school's history. Following a successful freshman campaign that saw Iannotti lead the team in triples (3), he also was tops in the most offensive categories over his final three seasons. In 1982, he was selected to the Division II All-New England All-Star Team as well as the Greater New Haven Diamond Club All-College team. His 15 career triples stand today as the program record.

Second baseman Steve Kulpa '93 was the first to reach the 200-hitmark-his 201 career hits were a record in 1993 and rank fourth today. He also broke the record for doubles (40), while ranking among the top three in career home runs (19) and runs batted in (137). Kulpa was a four-time All-Northeast-10 Conference and All-New England Region honoree, and also earned Northeast-10 Conference Rookie of the Year honors in 1990. He was the only Division II player chosen for the New England College Baseball All-Star Game for four straight years. In 1993, he was honored with the Edwin L. Steck Award and was the Quinnipiac Male Athlete of the Year.

Roland Lavallee '01 enjoyed a storied career at Quinnipiac as a member of the men's cross country team. In 1997 he was named Northeast-10 Conference Runner of the Year when, as a freshman, he won the NE-10 Championship while setting a course record at the Catamount Family Course. That year, he was named the Quinnipiac Freshman of The Year and in 1997-98, was named the Quinnipiac Male Athlete of the Year. Lavallee was a two-timeNortheast-10 First Team Selection and two-time All-Northeast Conference First Team selection. He also won the Division II New England Championship with a course record time in 1997.

Patrick Nguyen '97 holds the distinction of being the first Quinnipiac men's tennis player to reach 100 wins for his career. In a four-year span that saw him compete at No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles each year, Nguyen posted a 101-36 combined record, good for a .731 win percentage. He led Quinnipiac to its first Northeast Conference Championship in six seasons with wins at No. 1 singles and doubles in 1997, earning him NE-10 Player of the Year honors. Nguyen was a two-time All-Northeast-10 Conference selection and a two-year captain for the men's tennis team that won a then-program record 18 matches in 1997.

Sharon Polastry '98 became the first player in NE-10 history to be named Freshman and Player of the Year on her way to earning All-America Honorable Mention and NSCAA/ Umbro All-Northeast honors. In addition, she broke the single-season records for goals, assists and points, and was the first player in Quinnipiac history to tally three assists in a game. In her second season, she was the first sophomore in Northeast-10 Conference and Quinnipiac history to pass 100 career points. She finished her four-year career as both the Quinnipiac and the Northeast-10 Conference all-time leader in goals (77) and points (176), while also ranking among the all-time leaders in career assists (22). She also has the two highest single-season goal and point totals of all time.

Julie Smith '02 played field hockey for Quinnipiac from 1998-2002. She finished her career ranked among the all-time leaders in goals (24), assists (14) and points (62). In 2001, she broke the single-season goals mark with 15 tallies for the year. Her 35 points that season still hold as the all-time single-season best and helped Quinnipiac go to the Northeast Conference Tournament Championship in 2001. That season she also was named NEC Field Hockey Player of theWeek twice as she led the Northeast Conference in goals and points while ranking among the national leaders in both categories.

In Joe Trimarchi's '98 four-year career, he started in 101 of his 105 games. Trimarchi was characterized as a "workhorse" and in more than 3,400 minutes played at a variety of positions, he never fouled out. He finished his career averaging 12.3 points, 2.6 assists and 1.3 steals, as well as 4.1 rebounds per game and was Quinnipiac's career leader in three-point field goals made with 237. In 1995, his 167 field goals broke Quinnipiac's single-season record for three-pointers. He also finished his career ranked 11th in career points (1,293), sixth in steals (136) and 11th in assists (274).

Linda Wooster served in Athletics from 1984 until 2009 and continues as a professor emeritus in the School of Health Sciences. She was coordinator of women's athletics, assistant athletic director, an associate professor of physical education and sports information director. In her last role, as the associate athletic director of athletics and recreation, she oversaw recreation on campus, the University's fitness center, intramurals, physical education, evening recreation and special events. In 2005, she received the University's Excellence Award for Service to Students. She was inducted into the Connecticut Field Hockey Hall of Fame in 2006 and the Connecticut High School Coaches' Association Hall of Fame in 2004. She received the Joseph Fontana Distinguished Service Award from that same organization for her leadership role in establishing organizations and activities at the collegiate and high school levels that create mentoring and networking opportunities for female athletes and coaches. She has also been recognized for her community service efforts with the Connecticut Secretary of the State's Public Service Award and the Connecticut Higher Education Community Service Award. She continues to be a valuable staff member, team player and close friend to many across the campus community. She is currently writing a detailed History of Women's Athletics at Quinnipiac while she continues as Professor Emeritus of Physical Education in the School of Health Sciences.

In 2000, the women's soccer team posted a 13-6-1 record, winning eight of its last 10 games heading into the Northeast Conference Tournament. The Bobcats blanked Long Island and Monmouth to win the NEC Tournament before defeating Loyola (Md.) in overtime to advance to the NCAA Division I women's soccer first round.

Roster: Jayme Alambra, Heather Allen, Dana Blom, Lauren Carmody, Rachel DeCastro, Theresa (Domingo) Martins, Mary Kate Galusha, Melissa Ganias, Elisa Goncalves, Jill Gregoire, Molly Harrington, Lisa Horowitz, Alison Jaquith, Meghan Kennedy, Megan Knapp, Linnea Lampe, Christine LaVallee, Jenna Lawless, Chandra Manuelpillai, Kristin Marcous, Jen Monaco, Renee Morin, Katherine (Nelson) Miller , Katherine (Nelson) Moy and Kristin Rathbone. Dave Clarke, head coach, and Megan Schuck, assistant coach.

In 1993, the women's tennis team won its first Northeast-10 Conference Regular-Season Championship, the first of four. That year, at 12-1 overall, including a perfect 9-0 mark againstNE-10 schools, Quinnipiac also advanced to the NCAA Division II East Regionals for the first time.

Roster: Jill (Avis) Burger, Rachael (Barry)Doherty, Renee Bulman-Allen, Meghan Cahillane, Sarah (Giannuzzi) Ciofrone, Nicole Manglass, Rian McManus, Jen Noonan, Paula (Rembac) Miller, Jodi (Robidoux) Smigelski, Jennifer Scarano, Erin (Wharton)Walsh and Carol Wiltshire. Mike Quitko, head coach, and Keith Woodward, assistant coach.



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