June 28, 2006

Saint Michael's Names Six Legends To Athletics Hall Of Fame

COLCHESTER, Vt. Six renowned Saint Michael's College athletes and coaches will be inducted into the Saint Michael's College Athletics Hall of Fame on Sept. 15 at the Doubletree Hotel in South Burlington.

The Class of 2006 includes: Anne (Noone) Adams, the winningest coach in Saint Michael's field hockey history; former professional baseball player and three-sport standout Jean Dubuc HS '06; legendary running back and two-sport phenom John Heggarty '53; four-time men's basketball all-conference selection Mark Fizulich '97; the all-time leading scorer in the history of the women's soccer program, Michelle (Bougor) Brannigan '98; and local men's basketball star Todd Roberts '01.

The event begins at 6 p.m. on Sept. 15 with a cocktail hour, followed by the dinner and ceremony at 7 p.m. For tickets ($40 apiece) and more information on the Saint Michael's Athletics Hall of Fame ceremony and Homecoming Weekend, contact the Saint Michael's Alumni Office at (802) 654-2527.

This year's class marks the 19th inducted into the Saint Michael's Athletics Hall of Fame, which began in 1987. In 2004, the College celebrated a century of Purple Knights athletics and 100 members of its Hall of Fame at a celebration dinner, rather than inducting any members into its Hall of Fame.

Adams brought the Purple Knights' field hockey team to regional prominence from 1985 to 1997, and still holds the program record with 127 victories. She led Saint Michael's to 10 winning seasons in her 13 years at the helm, including nine consecutive from 1988 to 1996, and coached the squad to a 15-2-2 campaign in 1991, which still stands as the most single-season victories in program history. She was the first Division II coach in New England, and just the fifth in the nation, to break the 100 career victories plateau.

Dubuc, who attended Saint Michael's as a high school student and threw a no-hitter for the Purple Knights' college team against the University of Vermont in 1906, is one of the greatest baseball players the Green Mountain State has produced. A native of Saint Johnsbury, Dubuc attended the University of Notre Dame after graduating from Saint Michael's High School, where he went 23-1 as a pitcher over a two-year span. He went on to have a productive career in Major League Baseball, posting double-figure win totals in five straight seasons, and earning a world championship with the Boston Red Sox in 1918.

Heggarty was the rushing leader for the perfect 1951 Saint Michael's football team, the only team to be inducted into the College's Athletics Hall of Fame. He amassed 435 yards on just 70 carries during that season, the first of two straight seasons that Heggarty led the Purple Knights in rushing yards. A three-time All-State selection and captain as a senior, Heggarty also played baseball at Saint Michael's, and following graduation coached basketball, baseball and football for 15 years at Methuen (Mass.) High School.

Fizulich, the only basketball player in school history to be named All-Conference four straight years, compiled 1,612 points in his illustrious career, good for ninth in program history. The program's record-holder for steals in a season (80 in 1994-95) and second with 237 career steals, Fizulich captured every major rookie award as a freshman while scoring 430 points, still the most by a first-year at the College. He helped lead the Purple Knights to their first Northeast-10 Conference Championship as a senior, and guided Saint Michael's to a 71-41 record during his career.

Brannigan, arguably the greatest player in the College's women's soccer history, is the program's all-time leader with 50 goals and 120 points. She led the Purple Knights in goals in each of her four seasons, including a rookie record 13 as a freshman in 1993, and a program record-tying 15 as a junior in 1996. Brannigan was among the NE-10's top-10 scorers all four seasons, finishing as high as second, and graduated holding nine program records. She is only the fifth women's soccer player to be inducted into the Saint Michael's Athletics Hall of Fame.

Roberts, inducted in his first year of eligibility, is one of the finest men's basketball players in Saint Michael's history. A native of Fair Haven, he is the program's all-time leader with 301 career 3-pointers, third with 1,816 points, sixth with 85 blocks, seventh with 815 rebounds, and ninth with 158 steals. The first 21st-Century graduate to be inducted into the College's Athletics Hall of Fame, Roberts was the driving force behind the Purple Knights' record-setting 27-4 season as a senior, as the squad was ranked as high as third in the nation and advanced to the NCAA "Sweet 16". The Purple Knights went 88-35 during his illustrious career, and won two NE-10 and one ECAC Division II titles. .