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Holy Cross Varsity Club announces yearly awards

By Larry Napolitano

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 diving events.

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 Lightweight team.

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..




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