The Suffolk University Athletics Department and the University Alumni Association have announced the third Athletics Hall of Fame class. Seven individuals and one team will be honored during a Hall of Fame Induction Dinner on Saturday, May 7, 2011, at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Cambridge. The reception will begin at 6 p.m., followed by a dinner and induction ceremony at 7 p.m.
“This is a special and wonderful opportunity for former student-athletes to come together and share time and memories with teammates whom they may not have seen for 10, 20, 30, or 40 years,” said Suffolk University Director of Athletics Jim Nelson. “As was the case with our previous two Hall of Fame awards ceremonies, this event will honor a host of qualified and deserving individuals and one team whose legacy will live on forever.”
Suffolk will induct six athletes, one administrator, and one team into its third Athletic Hall of Fame class, including:
Patricia Brown, who founded, coached and played for Suffolk’s first women’s basketball team in the early 1950s. In a student and professional association spanning 40 years she earned three Suffolk University degrees and served as the Law School librarian. Brown made a name for herself as a member of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, and was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1988.
Ron Cinelli, a four-year veteran in both baseball and basketball for Suffolk University in the 1960s. Regarded by coaches and teammates as an outstanding athlete and consummate team player, Cinelli exhibited a wide range of offensive and defensive skills, both on the court and in the field.
Evan Crockford, a beacon of light for the Suffolk men’s hockey program throughout his dazzling and productive career from 1997 to 2001. The spirited center is the Rams' fourth all-time scoring leader with 116 points (86 goals and 80 assists). His career goals and assists rank third and fourth, respectively, in the school’s record books.
Noreen McBride (Keenan), one of the University’s finest all-around athletes. She competed during all three collegiate seasons during the mid-1990s, participating in four sports -- basketball, baseball, volleyball and cross country. In her three years as a member of the Lady Rams basketball team she scored 1,075 points.
Patti Ann Stanziani (Cooper), the number one singles player in each of her four years -- 1980-84 -- for the Lady Rams tennis team. In her final three years she compiled an overall record of 41-4, including an impressive 15-0 mark as a senior. She was named team co-captain and Most Valuable Player during each of her last two seasons.
The 1996 Women’s Softball Team, which captured the Great Northeast Athletic Conference championship with a 3-0 victory over the United States Coast Guard Academy. The Lady Rams posted a 15-4 record in their last 19 games of the regular season to qualify for tourney play and complete a storybook campaign.
The following will be honored posthumously:
Lou Connelly, Suffolk University’s first full-time public relations director and sports information director, who held those positions for 36 years before retiring in 2003. His wealth of Suffolk University knowledge was invaluable in promoting the positive image of the University’s student athletes.
Ucal McKenzie, who showed an inordinate amount of speed, quickness and agility on the soccer field. Throughout his Suffolk University playing days, from 1993 to 1997, McKenzie’s presence was inspirational, culminating with his captain’s status and being recognized as the Rams “Most Valuable Player” during his senior season.