By Rebecca Smith ’99
The Holy Cross Varsity Club announced its 51 st annual awards at a dinner held in May in Hogan Campus Center. The Club inducted five new members into the Hall of Fame and presented its annual student-athlete awards. Hall of Fame inductees were: Jerome L. Fuller Jr. ’92 (baseball, football); James J. Marcellino ’65 (football, lacrosse); Gordon R. Massa ’57 (baseball, basketball, football); Matthew F. Muniz ’87 (ice hockey); and Amy O’Brien ’99 (basketball).
Jerome L. Fuller ’92 was a two-sport star for the Crusaders in football and baseball. In 1991, he was selected as a First-Team All-American, All-East and All-New England in football. That same year, he set school single-season records for most yards gained (1,465) and most 100-yard games (nine). In baseball, Fuller was a catcher and an outfielder, earning First-Team All-Patriot League honors in 1991 and 1992 and First-Team All-New England honors in 1992. During his final year, he batted.369 and stole a school-record 20 bases, while throwing out 23 of 25 runners on the base paths.
James J. Marcellino ’65 was a two-way player for the Crusader football team, starting for two years as a halfback on offense and, for three years, as a cornerback and safety on defense. He was the leading rusher on the 1963 team with 406 yards—and team leader in all-purpose yards during the 1963 (939 yards) and 1964 (901 yards) seasons. In addition, Marcellino was a receiving threat out of the backfield, catching a team-best 21 passes for 277 yards in 1963, while leading the team in kickoff and punt return yards in both 1963 (256 yards) and 1964 (281 yards). Marcellino also lettered in lacrosse at the College.
Gordon R. Massa ’57 excelled in baseball, football and basketball at Holy Cross. In 1955, as catcher and first baseman, he led the baseball team with three homers and 15 runs batted in; the team went 13-4 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament. Two years later, Massa drove in 19 runs in only 19 games, to rank second on the team. On the gridiron, he started at both center and linebacker; the team went 14-14-1 overall during his career. Massa also joined the basketball team as a walk-on during his last year. He went on to play professional baseball with the Chicago Cubs.
Matthew F. Muniz ’87 was captain of the Crusader ice hockey team during his third and fourth years. Setting a school single-season record with 53 assists in 1984-1985, he was named an All-New England and Second-Team Titan All-American that year. Muniz totaled 54 points on 26 goals and 28 assists his last year, while recording five career hat tricks. Over the course of his collegiate career, Muniz totaled 207 points on 87 goals and 120 assists. He currently ranks second all-time at Holy Cross in assists, third in points, and sixth in goals. After graduation, Muniz played in the Atlantic Coast Hockey League.
Amy O'Brien ’99 was a four-year letter-winner for the Holy Cross women's basketball team, leading the squad to Patriot League titles in 1996, 1998 and 1999. A First-Team All-Patriot League selection in each of her final three seasons, O'Brien was named the Patriot League Player of the Year and Scholar-Athlete of the Year in both 1998 and 1999. Only the second player in school history to score over 2,000 career points, she finished her career as a Crusader with 2,075 points, 963 rebounds, 179 assists and 209 steals. O'Brien holds the top two spots on the Holy Cross single-season scoring list with 782 points in her third year and 643 points in her last year.
Mary Beth Ryan ’05 ( Holden, Mass.), an outfielder on the softball team, was selected as the 2005 Crusader of the Year. A two-year team captain, Ryan earned First-Team All-Patriot League honors during her second, third and fourth years. Named to the Dean’s List every semester, she was selected as the valedictorian for the Holy Cross Class of 2005. Chosen for the 2005 ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District Team, Ryan has served on the NCAA Reaccredidation Committee and the Student Advisory Council. Her extracurricular activities included volunteering on Holy Cross Cares Day and participating in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Conor Devine ’05 ( Orchard Park, N.Y.) was the recipient of the John A. Meegan Athletic Achievement Award. A four-year member of the men’s rowing team, Devine rowed in boats that won a gold New England Championship medal in 2002 and a silver medal in 2003. He was also a member of boats that won a silver medal at the Patriot League Championship in 2002 and a gold medal in 2003. Apart from rowing, Devine served as assistant editor of The Purple, a Eucharistic Minister and a participant in the Chaplains’ Office Magis Program.
Elizabeth Corridan ’05 (Holliston, Mass.), a member of the women’s track and field team, was awarded the John P. Cooney Memorial Award, which is presented to a fourth-year letter-winner who has performed beyond all expectations with courage, loyalty and dedication. During the course of her career with the Crusaders, Corridan improved her mile time by over one minute and her half-mile time by almost 20 seconds. A three-time selection to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll, she was named to the Dean’s List six times. Her extracurricular activities included serving as a Eucharistic Minister and volunteering with the Appalachia Service Project and Holy Cross Cares Day.
Women’s basketball tri-captain Maggie Fontana ’05 (Barrington, Ill.) was awarded the Samantha Vellaccio Award, which is presented annually to the varsity women's basketball player who best exemplifies the mission of Holy Cross, both on and off the court. Playing guard, Fontana finished her career with 1,556 points, 767 rebounds, 420 assists and 251 steals, ranking in the school's all-time top 10 in each category. She was a three-time All-Patriot League selection and the 2002 Patriot League Rookie of the Year. Off the court, Fontana served as co-chair of Purple Pride Day, a member of the Fairy Godmother Committee and a participant in Holy Cross Cares Day.
Football wide receiver Tim McDonnell ’05 ( Harrison, N.Y.) was selected as the inaugural recipient of the Daniel Allen Sportsmanship Award. Established in 2005, the Allen Award is presented to the Holy Cross varsity athlete who best exemplifies the qualities of sportsmanship that Coach Allen exhibited throughout his life. McDonnell, who played for Allen during his first three seasons with the Crusaders, also received the team’s 2004 Unsung Hero Award, as the player who supported the team spiritually, emotionally and physically.
The Richard J. Maloney Award, presented annually to the men's basketball team's most valuable player, was shared by Crusader co-captains, John Hurley ’05 ( South Boston) and Greg Kinsey ’05 ( Hatboro, Pa.). As a forward, Hurley led the team with an average of 6.0 rebounds per game in 2004-05. He averaged 7.9 points, 1.1 assists and 1.0 steal per game, shooting 47.5 percent from the floor. Guard Kinsey averaged 5.3 points, 2.8 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.0 steal per game on the year; he hit 35.2 percent of his shots from three-point range.
For the second straight season, second baseman Tucker Frawley ’06 ( New Haven, Conn.) received the Hop Riopel Award as the baseball team's most valuable player. Frawley led the team with a.409 batting average on the season; he totaled 16 runs batted in and 17 runs scored.
The Ray Dobens Award, presented to the most improved baseball player, went to outfielder Jamie Aldrich ’07 ( Stratford, Conn.). After hitting just.188 and starting only nine games in 2004, Aldrich developed into one of the Crusaders' top players during the 2005 season, starting 35 of Holy Cross’ 36 games and batting.264 with 12 runs batted in and 12 runs scored.
Four football players were given Davitt Awards as top backs and linemen on both sides of the ball. The awards were instituted by Jim Davitt ’13 in memory of his brother, Rev. William Davitt (19)07, who played football and ran track while at Holy Cross; he was the last United States’ officer to lose his life in World War I. This year’s winners were center David Cannon ’06 (Export, Pa.), linebacker David Fitzpatrick ’05 ( Long Beach, N.Y.), defensive tackle Nick Nelthorpe ’05 ( Riverside, Calif.) and tailback Steve Silva ’05 ( East Providence, R.I.).
Rebecca Smith ’99 is a freelance writer from Auburn, Mass.