NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Norwich University Director of Athletics Tony Mariano announced the inductees for Norwich University’s Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2013 recently.
Nine individuals and the 2002-03 men’s hockey team will be recognized as part of NU Homecoming Weekend 2013 festivities Oct. 4-Oct. 6. The inductees are as follows:
Josh McElroy ’03 – By far and away the most decorated goalkeeper in the 59-year history of the men’s soccer program. McElroy owns every single season and career goalkeeper record but one and was a key cog in the 2001-02 men’s soccer team that won a program-record 21 straight games to start the season before falling in the Round of 16. In his senior season he not only was named the team overall Most Valuable Player, but he also earned GNAC MVP honors as well as first team all-conference recognition. The Cadets finished with a 13-6-1 record before falling to Johnson & Wales 1-0 in the conference tournament finals. McElroy is the all-time winningest goalie in NU history and his 31 career shutouts nearly double the total of the next highest keeper.
David Hamel ’98 – Hamel will go down as one of the finest to ever wear a Cadet wrestling uniform. On top of being a three-time placer at the New England Championships, Hamel had a historic senior season where he led all of Division III in wins. His 46 wins during his 46-8 senior season still holds the record for the most single-season victories in NU wrestling history. Hamel was a team captain during his senior year where he went on to win All-American honors after placing third at nationals. The Cadets finished the 1997-98 season with an overall 12-2 team record in duals and finished second out of 14 teams at the New England Championships with all 10 members placing.
Christine Jutras ’98 – A four-year starter and a two-time tri-captain as a junior and a senior for the NU women’s basketball team. Jutras held records for three-point field goals and free throw percentage on her way to surpassing the prestigious 1,000 career points milestone. She made an immediate impact as a freshman earning team Rookie of the Year honors and went on to win two straight MVP awards as a junior and a senior. In her final year in the Maroon & Gold, she led the Cadets to a 16-10 record and just their second ECAC Tournament bid in program history at the time. She also was named to the All-Tournament teams at Colorado College and Anna Maria while finishing her career with 1,256 points. Jutras also played in the NEWBA All-Senior game, scoring the game-winning basket in a 90-89 win.
Chris Fenerty ’88 – A four-year letter winner and co-captain as a senior on the men’s basketball team. Fenerty excelled as a senior, leading the Cadets to a 16-11 overall record by scoring 18.6 points per game and pulling down 7.3 rebounds per game. He was named the Most Valuable Player of the UMass-Boston Tournament and named the Vermont co-Player of the Week. Fenerty was a two-time weekly ECAC Honor Roll selection and surpassed the 1000-career-point milestone on his way to being nominated as a NABC District 1 All-Star and Honorable Mention All-State.
Jim Garvey ‘73 – The first of two Distinguished Letter winner honorees was a three-sport athlete at NU, competing on the football, hockey and lacrosse teams. A rarity especially for collegiate athletics, Garvey played all three sports for all four years while at Norwich. Lacrosse was arguably Garvey’s best sport as he was a three-year letter winner for the Cadets and served as a team captain during his senior season in 1973. He also earned the Distinguished Senior Athlete Award.
Paul Phaneuf ‘68 – A dual-sport athlete that was a standout football player and member of the track & field squad at Norwich. Phanuef was a three-year letter winner in football and earned the Outstanding Play award at halfback vs. Bates and the US Coast Guard Academy in 1967. He was also a two-year letter winner on the track & field team, finishing second on the team in points earned in 1967.
Phil Cacciola ’63 – The second of two Distinguished Letter winners in this year’s Hall of Fame Class. Cacciola was a three-year letter winner for the football team and served as a co-captain during his senior season where the Cadets opened the season winning three of its first four games, including an 8-0 win over rival Coast Guard.
Paul Tourigny ’53 – A two-year letter winner on the NU football squad. Tourigny was better known by his teammates with the nickname “Moose.” Tourigny served as a team captain in the 1952 season, helping lead the Cadets to a 5-4 season, including a 26-14 victory over Middlebury on Nov. 1.
Frank Hershey – This year’s honorary inductee into the Norwich Hall of Fame served as an assistant coach for the football program from 1965-76. Hershey served on Joe Sabol’s staff for 10 years alongside Barry Mynter and then two more years under Mynter when he took over as head coach in 1975. The Norwich football team compiled a 55-34-1 under Hershey’s tenure on the Cadets’ coaching staff. Hershey, a 1964 Penn State graduate, also was the freshman track coach from 1965-69 and later served as an advisor to the varsity track team. He also was the assistant athletic director in 1975 and 1976. Following Norwich, he had coaching stints at Millersville State (Pa.), Harvard and Dartmouth before passing away in 1998 after battling cancer for a year.
2002-03 Men’s Hockey Team – This year’s team inductee into the Norwich University Hall of Fame will go down as one of the best teams to ever wear the Maroon & Gold on the ice. The 2002-03 men’s hockey team won the program’s second national championship by downing Oswego State 2-1 on Mar. 22, 2003 in front of the largest crowd to ever watch a game at Kreitzberg Arena. The Cadets’ run to the title featured one of the most memorable comebacks in Norwich hockey history in the NCAA Quarterfinals against Trinity when NU rallied from down 4-1 heading into the third period to score four unanswered goals and win 5-4. Sandwiched in between the Trinity and Oswego victories, Norwich beat St. Norbert 6-3 in the national semifinals.
Norwich opened the season winning 15 straight games before losing to Trinity on Jan. 25; the Cadets won 12 of their next 14 games however, including their final seven games en route to their first title since 2000. Norwich outscored its opponents 191-73 and was led by a trio of 40 point scorers in Kurtis McLean ’05, Phil Aucoin ’04 and Matt Schmidt ’04. Paul Mattucci ’05 and Ed Boudreau ’03 each had 30 or more points as well to lead Norwich’s well balanced offense. Aaron Lee ’04, Lou DiMasi ’04, Vadim Beliaev ‘05 all had 25 or more points too. Head coach Mike McShane won his second national title in just his seventh year at the helm of the program.
The 2013 Norwich University Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place on Sunday, Oct. 6 at 11 a.m. in Plumley Armory as a part of NU Homecoming Weekend festivities.