Husson Announces 2018 Sports Hall of Fame Class

Husson Announces 2018 Sports Hall of Fame Class

BANGOR, Maine - Husson University is pleased to announce the University's 33rd Sports Hall of Fame class. The Class of 2018 is comprised of ten individuals and one team and covers more than three decades of Husson's athletic history.

"The Hall of Fame Committee is pleased to announce this year's class," said Husson University Director of Athletics Frank Pergolizzi. "Congratulations to all of the inductees."

Seven sports are represented in the class, which includes Jon Benson '10 (Football), Kelly Bocchino Peaslee '09 (Field Hockey), Coach Amanda Bourgoin (Softball), Keith Brown '71 (Baseball and Men's Basketball), Emily Burrill '97 '99 (Softball), Dorothy "Dottie" Cameron O'Donnell '12 (Softball), Liza Doughty Muth '00 '03 (Women's Basketball), Ethan Guerette '12 (Baseball), Marion Kish '10 (Women's Volleyball), Scott Nance '92 (Men's Basketball), and the 1975 Women's Basketball Team.

"This class is a very strong class of athletes that have performed very well," Hall of Fame Committee chairman Bruce MacGregor said. "It is with great pleasure we welcome them in and look forward to the banquet."

Hall of Fame Weekend starts Friday, Dec. 7, at Spectacular Events Center and Catering in Bangor. The festivities begin with the dinner from 5-6:30 p.m. ET followed by the induction ceremony at 6:30 p.m.

On Saturday, the class will be recognized at halftime of the Husson men's basketball game against Saint Joseph's (Maine). Tipoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.

Tickets to the banquet are $40. To attend, please RSVP no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 3, by clicking here or reaching Janice Clark via email ([email protected]) or phone (207-941-7026).

The Husson Sports Hall of Fame was established in 1985 to honor outstanding athletes, athletic administrators and coaches for their athletic performances, leadership, and contributions to their teams while at Husson. The Hall of Fame currently includes 200 former athletes, coaches and administrators as well as five teams.

 2018 HUSSON SPORTS HALL OF FAME CLASS

Jon Benson '10

Jon Benson is regarded as one of the best offensive linemen the Husson football program has ever produced. He was a four-year letterwinner from 2005-09, playing for head coaches Gabby Price and Niles Nelson.

Benson played on the defensive line his first-year as a member of the football program. He finished his rookie campaign with 15 total tackles (11 solos, four assists), one and half tackles for loss, a sack and a forced fumble in six games on the Eagle D-line, before being switched to the offensive line for his final three seasons.

The 2009 ECFC first team right tackle helped lead the Eagles to a program best 7-3 in 2008, advancing to the ECAC Northeast Bowl Game, the program's first-ever postseason appearance.

Following the historic 2008 season, Benson was named to the New England Football Writers (NEFW) DII/III All-New England squad, joining Matt Benson as the only offensive lineman in program history up to this point to earn NEFW All-New England honors.

In his final season, Benson captained an offensive line that only allowed the opponent to sack the Husson quarterback five times, the second lowest sacks allowed in program history at the time of his induction, while becoming the only offensive line in program history to serve as team captain for two-years.

He was also key member of a Husson offensive line that blocked for Hall of Fame running backs Julius "Juice" Williams '11 and Justin Lindie '11.

Benson finished his career with 20 total tackles (13 solos, seven assists), a sack, a force fumble and one and half tackles for loss in 28 career games played.

Kelly Bocchino Peaslee '09

The first field hockey goalie and the second letterwinner in program history to be inducted into the Husson Sports Hall of Fame, Kelly Bocchino Peaslee posted a 2.22 goals-against average with 11.1 shutouts and a 31-31 record in 63 games played. She registered a .776 save percentage with 462 stops in 4,187:42 minutes between the posts, while starting every game she played in except for one from 2004-07.

As a senior, she helped lead the Eagles to a program record 12-5 overall mark - at the time - and a 7-1 mark in NAC play in route to the program's first-ever NAC Regular Season Title and NAC Championship final appearance. During her senior campaign, Bocchino set the program's single-season record for wins by a keeper with 12. She held the record for ten years before Anna Maria Provencal broke it during the 2017 season.

Bocchino was selected to a pair of All-Conference teams in 2006 as an honorable mention honoree and to the 2nd Team in 2007.

She is one of the two goalkeepers in program history to wear the "C" when she was selected as a captain her senior season.

At the time of her induction, Bocchino ranks as the Eagles' career leader in goalie games played, goalie games started, goalie minutes played, saves, wins, and shutouts.

Amanda Bourgoin

Amanda Bourgoin is credited with building the Husson University softball program into a regional power, while amassing 188 wins with five conference championships in her seven years at the helm of the program from 2007-2013.

Bourgoin inherited a program in 2007 that had one winning season in the previous nine seasons and, just two years later, helped the Eagles post the program's first-ever 30-win season in route to the program's first NAC Regular Season Title.

From there the program won seven straight NAC Regular Season and Conference Championships and made seven consecutive trips to the NCAA Championship Tournament from 2009-2015 with Bourgoin coaching the first five and being credited with building the last two.

She endured just one losing season and went 117-16 (.880) versus conference foes, including reeling off 36 consecutive conference victories from 2008-2011.

Husson reached the 20-victory plateau in six of Bourgoin's seven years and posted 30 or more wins three times, including coaching the 2012 team to a program record 33 wins at the time of her induction.

The program's first-ever national tournament win came during Bourgoin's final season, a 1-0, eight-hit combined shutout victory by Kayla Merrill '16 and Amanda Ryan '14 over Bridgewater State University.

Bourgoin is the North Atlantic Conference's and Husson University's all-time winningest (188-108-1, .635) coach - at the time of her induction - and was named NAC Coach of the Year in 2008 and 2009.

Keith Brown '71

A two-sport athlete from 1967-1971, Keith Brown, played four years as member of the Husson baseball program (1967-70) and one with the men's basketball team in 1971, but is better known for his accomplishments on the diamond than on the hardwood.

Brown posted a 20-9 record with 191 strikeouts, 13 complete games and four shutouts, while only issuing 59 walks in 205 innings. He posted a career earned run average of 1.01 and a 0.90 WHIP, while strike out 8.39 batters per nine innings, allowed 5.53 hits and 2.59 walks per nine innings and held his opponents to a .170 average in over four seasons for Hall of Fame head coach Del Merrill.

Not only was Brown one of the elite starting pitchers in program history with 22 starts, he also exceeded out of bullpen as well with 13 career relief appearances, including one memorable outing on May 21st, 1969. The outing came during game two of a doubleheader at Aroostook State College (ASC) - known today as the University of Maine at Presque Isle - when Coach Merrill bought him into the game in relief of fellow Hall of Famer Ron Soucie '71, who already threw a perfect game versus ASC in game one and by this point had now retired the last 33 Owls he faced, Brown would pick up right where Soucie left off and retire the final nine batters of game to combined with Soucie to throw the program's last perfect game.

As a senior, he posted one of the best pitching seasons in team history, when he went 6-1 with a 0.57 ERA, seven complete games, two shutouts and 70 strikeouts in 63.1 innings as the main workhouse for Coach Merrill.

Brown was also one of the best hitting pitchers in program history, hitting .333 (23-for-69) with three doubles, 11 runs, and 16 RBI, while walking 14 times and only striking out once. He also had a .377 slugging percentage, a .442 on-base percentage and a .819 on-base plus slugging percentage.

During his career, Husson posted a four-year record of 57-21 (.731) and captured two Northeast Collegiate Conference titles in 1969 and 1970.

He and his fellow Hall of Fame teammates Soucie, John Sinclair '70, James D'Agostino '72, Richard Morano '69 and James Arnau '72 all helped lead the Braves to the program's first-ever NAIA District Championship final in 1968, losing to Quinnipiac University, 5-0, after defeating the University of New Haven, 4-2, for the program's first-ever postseason victory.

In Basketball - Brown played in one game for Hall of Fame head coach Bruce MacGregor.

Emily Burrill '97 '99

A transfer from Saint Joseph's College of Maine, Emily Burrill was a three-year starter for the Husson softball team from 1995-97 and one of most fared hitters in program history.

The two-time All-Conference selection batted .462 (129-for-279) with 81 runs, 27 doubles, 17 triples, eight home runs and 99 RBI in 98 career games played.

At the end of her playing career, Burrill was the Braves' all-time career leader in batting average, slugging percentage (.767), on-base percentage (.523), on-base plus slugging percentage (1.290), triples, homeruns, extra-base hits (52), and total bases (214) and ranked second in hits and doubles, third in RBI, tied for third in sacrifice flies (7), fifth in fielding percentage (.962), tied for sixth in games played, tied for seventh in at bats and runs, eighth in walks (41) and putouts (264).

At the time of her induction - The senior captain remains as the Eagles' all-time leader in batting average, slugging percentage, on-base percentage, on-base plus slugging percentage (OPS) and is tied for the most triples in program history.

As a junior, set the single-season record for most homeruns with five and held the record for ten years.

She posted her finest season in a HU uniform as a senior, hitting .500 (53-for-106) to become the first player in 13 seasons and just the third player in program history to hit .500, while setting the program's single-season records for slugging percentage (.906), OPS (1.451), hits (53), doubles (14), triples (10), total bases (96) and extra-base hits (27), and became just the fifth player in team history to drive in 40 runs. At the time of her induction, Burrill still holds the program's single-season records for slugging percentage, OPS, triples, and extra-base hits.

Dorothy "Dottie" Cameron O'Donnell '12

The 2010 NAC Player of the Year, Dorothy "Dottie" Cameron O'Donnell led the Husson softball program to four straight NAC Regular Season titles and three consecutive NAC Championships and berths into the NCAA Championship tournament during her four-year fearless career from 2008-2011.

Cameron hit .355 (195-for-550) with 128 runs, 32 doubles, 14 triples, 11 home runs, 107 RBI and 54 stolen bases in 167 career games played under Hall of Fame head coach Amanda Bourgoin.

The two-time All-Conference outfielder also posted a career .524 slugging percentage, a .397 on-base percentage, a .921 on-base plus slugging percentage and a .857 stealing percentage with 288 total bases and 57 extra-base hits. 

The fearless outfielder enters the Hall of Fame as the program's all-time career leader in at-bats (550) and hits (195), and ranks second in games played and total bases, third in runs and RBI, fourth in triples, tied for fourth in homeruns, fifth in stolen base attempts and extra-base hits, sixth in stolen bases, tied for sixth in doubles, 14th in slugging percentage, tied for 16th in batting average, and tied for 20th in on-base plus slugging percentage.

Cameron also holds the program's longest hitting streak of 18 games and the longest reach base streak of 31 games.

She was also selected to the Conference All-Tournament team in 2009 and 2011, while being tabbed as the Conference Tournament MVP in 2011 by Coach Bourgoin.

Liza Doughty Muth '00 '03

Liza Doughty Muth was a standout point guard and is considered to be perhaps one of the best all-around basketball players to play for Hall of Fame head coach Kissy Walker '03G because of her ability to score, play airtight defense, pass well and shoot from the outside.

Doughty, a four-year letterwinner from 1998-2001, finished her career with 1,082 points, 408 rebounds, 222 steals, 449 assists and seven blocks in 107 games played, while shooting 36.5 percent (360-985) from the floor, 34.8 percent (29-76) from behind the arc and 75.3 percent (250-332) from the free throw line. She averaged 10.1 points, 3.8 rebounds, 4.2 assists, and 2.1 steals per game in her career.

The 2001 Kodak All-American Honorable Mention selection will enter the Hall of Fame as the program's all-time career leader in assists and ranks second in assists average, eighth in steals, ninth in 3-point field goals made, 3-point field goals attempted, and free throws made, tied for ninth in games played, tenth in 3-point field goal percentage and steals average, 15th in field goals attempted and free throws attempted, 16th in points and free throw percentage, tied for 21st in field goals made, and 24th in rebounds.

The three-time All-Conference selections holds the 3rd (144 in 2000) and 4th (132 in 1998) most assists in a single-season. 

She was also a true leader for the women's basketball program over her four-year career as evidenced by her serving as team captain as a freshman, as a sophomore, as a junior and as a senior. Doughty is the only player in program history to serve as team captain all four years.

During her career, Husson posted a four-year record of 66-42 (.611) and captured one Maine Athletic Conference (MAC) title in 1999, while leading the Braves to four straight MAC Championship Games.

Ethan Guerette '12

Ethan Guerette is considered one of the best hitting middle infielders in the history of the Husson baseball program, playing shortstop for Coach Jason Harvey from 2008-2012.

A four-time first team All-Conference selection, Guerette was named the Conference Player of the Year in 2010 and 2011, becoming the first Eagle in program history to be named conference player of the year in back-to-back seasons and just the ninth different Eagle to achieve this honor.

As a senior, Guerette became the fourth player in program history to reach the 200-hit plateau with a homerun against Lyndon State College on April 9th.

Guerette helped Husson posted a program record 33-14 overall mark, including an 13-3 mark in NAC play, capturing the program's first NAC title and berth into the NCAA Tournament which resulted in the program's first two NCAA Tournament victories in just his second season on campus. The 33 wins also marked the first time in program history that the Eagles reached the 30-win plateau, which included the second longest winning streak of 13 straight victories.

The senior captain enters the Hall of Fame with a .347 (221-for-637) batting average with 166 runs, 48 doubles, 12 triples, six home runs, 100 RBI, and 70 stolen bases in 172 contests over four seasons. At the time of his induction - He owns the Eagles' career games played, doubles and assists (431) records and ranks among the program's all-time leaders in runs scored (t-2nd), hits (3rd), triples (t-5th), RBI (t-9th), stolen bases (2nd), stolen base attempts (t-2nd, 79), walks (3rd, 82), extra-base hits (2nd, 66), sacrifice flies (3rd, 13), total bases (3rd, 311), and chances (3rd, 731).

He also finished his career with a .922 fielding percentage, a. 488 slugging percentage, a .422 on-base percentage, a .910 on-base plus slugging percentage and a. 886 stealing percentage.

The two-time conference all-tournament selection is the program's all-time NCAA era career leader in games played, games started (171), at bats (637), runs, hits (221), doubles, total bases, sacrifice files, stolen bases, stolen base attempts, extra-base hits, and assists, while holding the single-season records for doubles (17, 2009), sacrifice flies (6, 2011), stolen bases (26, 2009), stolen base percentage (1.000, 2009).

During his career, Husson posted a four-year record of 101-75 (.754) and captured the 2009 NAC Championship, the 2011 NEAC East Division Championship, the 2011 NEAC Championship and the program's only NCAA Era Regular Season title, the 2011 NEAC East Division crown.

Marion Kish '10

Marion Kish is regarded as one of the best setters to wear a HU women's volleyball uniform and was a four-year letterwinner from 2006-2009, serving as team captain all four-years for Coach Pat DeBeck.

The four-time All-Conference selection recorded 301 kills in 691 attempts with a .281 attack percentage, 1,949 assists, 353 aces, 741 digs, 32 total blocks (12 solos, 20 assists), and 676.0 points in 95 career matches (316 sets). She enters the Hall of Fame as the Eagles' all-time career leader in assists, assists per set (6.17), aces, and aces per set (1.12) and ranks seventh in attack percentage and digs, tenth in sets played, 11th in points and 12th in matches played.

Kish led Husson to its third 20-win season in program history in 2007 before helping the Green and Gold capture the program's only NAC Regular Season Title in 2008 with a perfect mark of 6-0. She also helped the Eagles advance to three straight conference championship finals from 2007-09.

As a senior, Kish set the program's single-game record for the most assists in a four-set match with 40 vs. Castleton.

Kish was also selected to the NAC All-Tournament team in 2007, 2008, and 2009 and was the first Eagle in program history to earn a weekly award from the ECAC.

Scott Nance '92

Scott Nance becomes the 91st individual associated with the Husson men's basketball program to be inducted into the Husson Sports Hall of Fame. He is viewed as one of the best passing and defensive point guards in program history, playing for Hall of Fame head coach Bruce MacGregor from 1989-1992.

He tallied 833 points with 302 rebounds, 543 assists, 209 steals and seven blocks, while shooting 45.6% (347-759) from the field, 28.2% (11-39) from behind the arc and 51.6% (128-248) from the charity line over 145 games played.

At the end of his playing career, Nance was the Braves' all-time career leader in games played and assists, and ranked second in steals, sixth in assists average, seventh in steals average, tied for 7th in 3-point field goals made (11), ninth in blocks, 15th in 3-point field goals attempted (39), 21st in free throws attempted (248), 30th in field goals attempted (759), 34th in field goals made (347), tied for 34th in points, 45th in free throws (128), 46th in rebounds.

To this day, Nance remains the Eagles' all-time career leader and single-season holder in games played.

During his stay, he helped lead Husson to a 110-35 (.759), including a school-record 35 triumphs during his freshman campaign of 1988-89 and two Western Maine Athletic Conference and NAIA District 5 Championships in 1989 and 1990, and three NAIA National Tournament berths in 1989, 1990 and the program's only at-large bid in 1992.

The two-time captain steered the 1992 squad to the program's only national tournament victory, an 82-68 win over Philadelphia Pharmacy to advance to the Sweet 16 of the 1992 NAIA Division II National Championship Tournament.

Nance now becomes the sixth member of the 1989 Men's Basketball Team - who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2014 as a team - joining head coach Bruce MacGregor, assistant coach Warren Caruso '89 '03 '18, Mark Taylor '90, Buster Frederick '90, Shawn Bolden '89 and Bobby Campbell '92 as individual members of the Husson Sports Hall of Fame.

1975 Women's Basketball Team

The 1974-75 Husson women's basketball team, led by Hall of Fame head coach Pam Hennessey, made Maine Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (MAIAW) history by becoming the first non-branch of the Maine University system to win the MAIAW Division A State Championship, in-route to a program record - at the time - 15-2 overall mark.

The Braves began their quest to the state title by defeating the Saint Joseph's College of Maine Monks by the score of 97-16. The 81-point win, still stands as the largest margin of victory in the series with the Monks. From there, the team made the long road trip up 95 to face the University of Maine at Presque Isle. The Owls would prove to be the first team to challenge the squad. Having the home court advantage, UMPI pulled a small lead and hung on for the 42-39 victory.

From this point on the Braves reeled off six consecutive victories over Colby College (55-40), Westbrook College (60-31), Bowdoin College (74-22) - the 52-point win, still stands as the largest margin of victory in the series with the Polar Bears - University of Maine at Machias (80-55), Bates College (60-33), and Nasson College (72-19), before facing their all-time rival the University of Maine at Orono. The Black Bears were the second team and the last team to put the bite on the Braves as UMO came away with the 67-56 victory inside Memorial Gym.

The turning point in the season came at the hands of the number one ranked team in the state, the University of Maine at Portland-Gorham (UMPOGO). The Huskies fell to the up and rising Husson Braves, 51-40, inside Newman Gym, that started the season ending eight game winning streak and the end of any other team's chances for the State Title.

Following the win over UMPOGO, the Braves won the Husson Women's Invitational Basketball Tournament with victories over Nasson (91-34) and UMaine-Machias (78-38), which lead into the victory of the year over the defending State Champions, University of Maine at Farmington, the only team to defeat Husson in 1973-74. This was the game that the Husson College Braves had no intentions of losing, the 66-50 decision over the Beavers proved that the 1974-75 Women's Basketball Team was one of the best teams in the State.

After a week's rest the squad traveled to Colby to close out the regular season with a 50-39 win over the Mules. All that laid ahead was the State Championship.

The Braves defeated Colby College, 63-45, in the first round, the University of Maine at Presque Isle, 58-38, in the semifinals before knocking off a strong University of Maine at Portland-Gorham squad, 50-47, in the championship game.

During the tournament, the Braves not only destroyed the long-standing tradition of a branch of the Maine University system in winning the state title, but set every team and individual record for the tournament as well.

The team featured three Husson Sports Hall of Fame members in Sue Skinner '76, who nearly averaged a double-double with 9.2 points per game and 12.0 rebounds per game, co-captain Karen Leach Wardwell '75 and Linda Deveau '77 and will now be joined by co-captain Karen Caputo, who led the team in scoring by averaging 14.0 points per game, Verna Eldridge, Nancy Springer Needham, Linda Mathews Spring, Barbara Leonard, Colleen Meenan, Ginny Trainor, Marie Deraspe Landers, assistant coach Linda West and manager Carmela Ariemma.

When the season conluded, the 1974-75 team had established new program records for points (1,100), scoring average (64.7), scoring margin (26.1), wins (15), field goals made, field goals attempted, free throws made, free throws attempted and points scored in a single-game, while recoding the fewest losses since the 1961 season. To this day the 1975 squad still holds the program record for the best single-season scoring margin.