Former Stonehill three sport student-athlete will be honored with reception, halftime ceremony around Saturday’s women’s basketball matchup with Pace
Smith’s Hall of Fame induction was announced at the NE-10’s annual summer meetings in June, however schools have the option of a formal induction during an event on campus during the academic year. Joining her in the NE-10’s Hall of Fame Class for 2011-12 are Dana LeVangie, ’91 (baseball) from American International College, Ben Nassar, ’99 (football) from Bentley University, Jon Sjogren, ’88 (baseball) from Bryant University, Justin Blood, ’01 (baseball) from Franklin Pierce University, Raffaella Paparo, ’96 (softball) from Merrimack College, Andy Wasik, ’01 (lacrosse) from Pace University, Kim Witteman, ’95 (women’s soccer) from Quinnipiac University and Kateema Riettie, ’03 (track and field) from Southern Connecticut State University.
“The Northeast-10 Hall of Fame is reserved for individuals who have brought pride and honor to the Conference, and this year’s class embodies that with none better than Nancy Smith,” said Julie Ruppert, Commissioner of the NE-10. “Her commitment as the first and only three-sport student-athlete at Stonehill will forever make her one of the best student-athletes to compete in the NE-10, having dominated on the basketball court and on the softball and soccer fields. Her efforts both in and out of the classroom truly helped to increase the amount of attention and respect given to women’s sports. For all of her accomplishments, the Northeast-10 is proud to honor her with induction into the Conference’s Hall of Fame.”
Smith, the first female student-athlete inductee of the Stonehill Athletic Hall of Fame in 1989, was a three sport standout for Stonehill, competing in basketball, soccer and softball, during the early years of the Northeast-10 and remains as the only student-athlete to compete in three varsity sports in school history. She was a guard on the women’s basketball team, a goalie on the soccer team and shortstop for the softball team and as a senior captained all three squads. Her No. 11 jersey is one of the first two to be retired by the women’s basketball program.
“Stonehill athletics owes much to Nancy Smith for her tremendous accomplishments as a student-athlete, and this latest honor bestowed by the Northeast-10 is a fitting capstone of recognition for her successful athletic career,” said Brendan Sullivan, Director of Athletics at Stonehill. “In college athletics, regardless of era, it takes great commitment, dedication, and talent to succeed in one sport. For Nancy to have a Hall of Fame career in three sports, shows the exemplary talent she possessed, which was only surpassed by her tremendous commitment and dedication. Along with the rest of Stonehill College, I stand in awe of her achievement, and congratulate her on her induction into the Northeast-10 Hall of Fame.”
Smith was the starting point guard on Stonehill’s first Northeast-8 Championship team in 1983, earning Championship Most Valuable Player honors. She helped the basketball team to 20 or more wins in each of her four years at Stonehill. Smith’s 5.8 assists per game career average is tops in Stonehill history, while her 604 career assists are good for second all-time at the College and rank sixth in NE-10 history. She dished 220 assists during her senior season, a total which is still third best in program history.
Smith is a two-time second team All-American in softball, earning the College’s Edward F. Martin Award, given to the top female scholar-athlete, as a senior. She established a school record with 27 runs scored during her junior season, a total that stands as the fifth-highest single-season total in program history to date. Smith’s 53 career walks rank fourth all-time, while she also ranks fifth in program history with 73 career runs scored.
Smith is the seventh member of the NE-10 Hall of Fame with ties to Stonehill as she joins fellow former student athletes Mary Naughton and Michelle (Doonan) Marinucci from the women’s basketball program, Katie (Lambert) Conover from the women’s lacrosse program and Robert Reitz from the men’s basketball program as well as former women’s basketball coach and current Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation Paula Sullivan and NE-10 founding father Tom Folliard.
In addition to the halftime ceremony, there will be an invitation-only reception in the Martin Institute Auditorium, located adjacent to Merkert Gymnasium, following the game and a women’s basketball Alumni Game at 11 a.m. Stonehill (8-9, 4-9 NE-10) has one game prior to Saturday’s home matchup with Pace, as the Skyhawks visit Adelphi University on Wednesday for an NE-10 clash at 5:30 p.m. There will be an Alumni reception in Adelphi’s Campbell Lounge of the Center for Recreation and Sport from 6:30 to 8:15 p.m.