The Holy Cross Varsity Club announced its annual awards
at the 47th Hall of Fame dinner and induction ceremony held
Saturday, May 4, at the Hogan Campus Center. The new members
of the Varsity Club Hall of Fame are: William J. Bellerose '77,
Shrewsbury, Mass. ice hockey; Dean V. Casagrande '83,
Chicago, Ill. soccer, baseball, hockey; Julie M.
LeClair Dale '86, Cohasset, Mass. cross country,
track and field; Lauren M. Maney '96, Lee, Mass. basketball; Richard
A. Murphy '66, Montreal, Canada basketball; Kevin
R. Swords '82, Glen Rock, N.J. rugby, honorary.
William J. Bellerose '77 is one of the greatest
hockey players in Holy Cross history. He ranks in the top
10 in all but one of Holy Cross' all-time scoring categories,
including career goals (ninth with 71), career points (eighth
with 152) and points per game (eighth with 1.81). Bellerose
was chosen as the Co-ECAC Rookie of the Year for the 1973-74
season. As a fourth-year student, he played on the ECAC All-Star
Team. Bellerose was also selected as an Honorable Mention
All-American during his last year when he led the Crusaders
to a 15-12 record. Bellerose played on teams that accumulated
an overall mark of 51-45. After concluding his playing days,
he has served as both assistant and head hockey coach for
the College. In addition, he worked as the Holy Cross purchasing
director. Bellerose currently serves as the associate director
of athletics and as business manager at Holy Cross.
Dean V. Casagrande '83 was a three-sport star
at Holy Cross in the early 80s. The leading scorer for the
men's soccer team in all of his four years of play,
Casagrande was chosen as the team's most valuable player
in two of his four seasons; he currently ranks third on the
Holy Cross all-time scoring list. On the baseball field,
Casagrande was the team's starting second baseman for
two seasons. As a third-year student, he batted .310 with
a .925 field percentage. In his last year, he hit .275 and
posted a career-best .945 fielding percentage. On the ice,
Casagrande served as the backup goalie and part-time starter
for the team, which notched an overall record of 71-51-4.
Casagrande was a two-year recipient of the C. Keefe Hurley
Scholarship, he was named Crusader of the Year in 1983.
Julie M. LeClair Dale '86, a two time All-American,
was a member of one of the top cross country/track and field
teams in Holy Cross history. She was a key performer for
Crusader teams that went on to win the MAAC and ECAC titles,
as well as the 1984 National Catholic College Championship.
Dale was the MAAC individual champion on the 1984 cross country
title team. In track and field, she was a three-time All-New
England selection in indoor track (1982, 1984, 1985) and
a two-time All-New England honoree in outdoor track (1983
and 1984). An All-ECAC selection in 1983, 1984 and 1985,
LeClair still holds the school record for the two-mile run.
One of the most decorated female athletes in Holy Cross
history, Lauren M. Maney '96 is the sixth women's
basketball player to be selected for induction into the Holy
Cross Athletic Hall of Fame. A two-time co-captain, Maney
led her team to back-to-back Patriot League Championships
and NCAA appearances. Maney's team was the first Holy
Cross squad to make consecutive appearances in the NCAA tournament
since the 1947-48 men's team. She was a UPI Honorable
Mention All-American, a GTE District I Academic All-American,
the Patriot League Player of the Year in 1995, and again
in 1996, and a two-time All-Patriot League First Team selection.
With 1,721 career points, she ranks fourth in Holy Cross' women's
basketball scoring history. Maney was selected as the Crusader
of the Year in 1996.
Richard A. Murphy '66 is the lone men's
basketball honoree this year. He was a three-year starter
at forward for the Crusaders, captaining the 1965-66 team
which defeated nationally ranked St. John's and Manhattan.
He scored a career-high 28 points against nationally ranked
Providence College his last year and then posted 26 more
points against Boston College later in the season. Murphy
reached double-digits in the scoring column 21 times in 23
games during the year. In points per game, he is the 18th
leading scorer in Holy Cross history, averaging 14.7 points
per contest. Murphy tallied 999 points in his career. While
at Holy Cross, he also served as the treasurer of the Purple
Key Honor Society and as a representative in class council.
Kevin R. Swords '82 was a standout rugby player
and captain of the Holy Cross rugby team. (Since rugby is
not a varsity sport in the eastern United States, Holy Cross
must compete at the club level. Rugby is a varsity sport
in the Pac-10 conference and at a few Ivy League schools.)
The Holy Cross rugby team had a winning season in each of
Swords' years with the team, and he is considered to
be one of the greatest rugby players in U.S. history serving
as a long-time member of the United States National Rugby
Team. The team captain in 1991, he is the most capped player
in U.S. Rugby history. Caps are awarded when a player competes
with a national rugby team against another country's
national rugby team. Swords was also a member of the United
States World Cup Rugby teams in 1987 and 1991.
Emily K. Hogan '02 selected as Crusader of the Year
Emily K. Hogan '02, Northboro, Mass., was selected
as the 2002 Crusader of the Year. Hogan becomes only the
sixth woman in Holy Cross history to win the Crusader of
the Year Award and is the second female track and field
athlete to earn this distinction (Lynn Liberatore '95).
A team co-captain, she was the top finisher in all seven
of the Crusaders' cross country meets this fall, earning
All-Patriot League honors and helping Holy Cross to a third-place
finish overall; during the indoor season, she placed sixth
in the 5,000-meter run. The Patriot League Outdoor Track
and Field Scholar Athlete of the Year in 2001, Hogan is
the defending 10,000-meter champion. Boasting a 3.79 grade
point average in biology, she has already been accepted
to medical school.
Kim V. Rinaldi '02 wins Intercollegiate Award Kim
V. Rinaldi '02, West Boylston, Mass., was the
recipient of the Intercollegiate Award, given to the player
who attained outstanding achievement. Rinaldi is a two-time
Patriot League Champion in both the 1- and 3-meter dive.
Selected as the Patriot League Diver of the Meet for both
of the past two seasons, she qualified for the NCAA regionals
this year in both dives. Rinaldi's exploits at the
championships marked only the third and fourth time in
Holy Cross history that a Crusader has won two events at
the Patriot League swimming and diving championships. She
is the school record holder in both the 1- and 3-meter
Rebecca A. Smith '02 wins Cooney Award A senior
member of the women's crew team, Rebecca A. Smith '02,
Torrington, Conn., was awarded the John P. Cooney Memorial
Award, presented to the fourth-year student who performed
athletically beyond all expectations with courage, loyalty
and dedication. Smith is a member of the women's varsity
8-boat which won Gold Medals at the 2001 Textile River Regatta
and the New Hampshire Championship, placed 3rd (out of 41)
at the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta and 8th (out of 54)
at the Head of the Charles. The boat is also currently undefeated
heading into the New England Championships. Ranked 11th nationally,
Smith is in contention for a spot on the Women's National
Jeanette M. Paukert '02 wins Samantha Vellaccio
Award Women's basketball captain Jeanette M.
Paukert '02, Chicago, Ill., was awarded the Samantha
Vellaccio Award (Sam's Prize) which is given annually
to the varsity women's basketball player who best
exemplifies the mission of Holy Cross on and off the court.
Paukert averaged 10.2 points and 5.2 assists per game during
conference action. She became the 17th player in women's
basketball history to record over 1,000 points in her career.
Paukert has notched 1,144 career points.
Ryan J. Serravalle '02 wins Maloney Award As
the men's basketball team's most valuable player,
senior captain Ryan J. Serravalle '02, Thorold,
Canada, was presented with the Richard J. Maloney Award.
Serravalle ranked in the top five on the team in scoring,
rebounding, free throw shooting, three-point shooting, assists
and steals. He averaged 12.2 points per game this season
and led the Crusaders to their second consecutive Patriot
League Tournament title and NCAA berth.
Peter D. Summa '02 and Daniel J. Lucey '03
earn baseball honors The Hop Riopel Ring, awarded to
the baseball team's most valuable player, went to
fourth-year Peter D. Summa '02, Florham Park,
N.J., for the second consecutive season. For the second
year in a row, the second baseman led the Crusaders in
batting average (.333), RBI (19), runs (24), hits (41),
slugging percentage (.504), home runs (4), walks (14) and
total bases (62). The Ray Dobens Award, presented to the
most improved baseball player went to pitcher Daniel
J. (D. J.) Lucey '03, Shrewsbury, Mass.
After setting a Holy Cross record for the most relief appearances
(19) in the 2001 season, Lucey started seven of 12 games
this past season. He finished the season with a 3.98 ERA
and a 4-4 record. Lucey led the Crusaders in appearances
(12), innings pitched (54.1) and strikeouts (35).
Davitt Awards presented Football coach Dan Allen
presented the 2002 Davitt Award winners, given each year
to the top offensive and defensive back and lineman. This
year's winners were DB Michael C. Blake '02,
Phoenix, Ariz.; DB Vernell Shaw III '02, Stockton,
Calif.; QB Brian T. Hall '03, Dallas, Texas;
DL (Taufaasau) Sammy Siaki '02, Mesa, Ariz.;
DL James L. Jenkins '02, Savannah, Ga.; and OL Jefferson
E. Exil '02, Boynton Beach, Fla..