October 17, 2013

Becker College Inducts Hall of Fame Class of 2013

LEICESTER, Mass.- On Friday, October 25, Becker College inducted the Hall of Fame Class of 2013. Eight student-athletes from six different sports were inducted into the Becker College Hall of Fame. In addition to the eight athletes, the 1992 NJCAA National Champion women’s basketball team was also be inducted. Andrew M. Mazur ’72 LJC was presented with The Gabe Simon Award for being a benefactor to his alma mater and subsequent generations of Becker College alumni.




William F. Morrow ’88 Baseball


William Morrow left his mark not only as an outstanding hitter, but also a dominating left handed pitcher. During his sophomore season, Morrow pitched the Hawks to five wins, while batting .390. His efforts earned him Second Team All New England accolades.

Morrow finished his offensive career with a .359 batting average, 29 RBI’s and six homeruns. He left the program ranked among the all time leaders with a 4.58 earned run average, tossing six complete games, striking out 50 batters in 62 innings pitched.  Morrow achieved these numbers while playing in 32 games.
  • On April 11, 1988, Morrow pitched a complete game victory against CCRI
  • In 1988, Morrow led the team in batting average (.390), hits (23), homeruns (3), slugging percentage (.610), wins (5), complete games (6), strikeouts (37). Innings pitched (47), and earned run average (3.64.)
  • Continued playing baseball at Worcester State, where set single season records homeruns (6) and RBI’s (35) that stood for a decade. 



Joseph A. DeLuca ’06 Baseball


Joe DeLuca is the first four year baseball player to be inducted into the Becker College Hall of Fame. DeLuca was a captain of the baseball team from 2004-2006. During his four year career, DeLuca pounded out 162 hits, ranking him second all time at Becker College.

DeLuca finished his career with a .362 batting average, which is the second highest average among four year players at Becker College. DeLuca also ranks among the school’s statistical leaders in RBI’s (104), homeruns (13), total bases (172), and slugging percentage (.509). DeLuca played the majority of his career at third base, earning All North Atlantic Conference honors twice.
 
  • First baseball player at Becker College to reach 100 career hits, 100 career games and hit three homeruns in a game.
  • Won the team Most Valuable Player Award three times
  • During his freshman year, DeLuca set a school record with a three homerun performance against Fitchburg State.



Cristin Chabot ’01 Field Hockey


Cristin is field hockey’s all-time leading goal scorer and second among Becker’s all-time point leaders. She helped lead Becker to a successful transition from junior college to an NCAA Division III program, winning three consecutive North Atlantic Conference Championships.

In 2001, Chabot set a Becker College single season record with 62 points scored, 20 goals and 22 assists. Chabot’s efforts earned her First Team All North Atlantic Conference honors, North Atlantic Conference Player of the year, North Atlantic Conference All Tournament, STX/NFHCA All New England Region, Division III Regional All-American, and Most Valuable Player. Chabot was also featured in Sports Illustrated Faces in the Crowd on December 3, 2001.
 
 
  • Becker’s all time leading goal scorer with 69.
  • Two time North Atlantic Conference selection.
  • Earned North Atlantic Conference All Tournament recognition three times
  • Won three consecutive North Atlantic Conference Championships.
  • Scored ten game winning goals



Shana Hazen ’02 Field Hockey


Shana is field hockey’s all-time leading scorer with 177 career points. Hazen also holds the career assists record with 61. She helped lead Becker to a successful transition from junior college to an NCAA Division III program, winning three consecutive North Atlantic Conference Championships.

Hazen was named North Atlantic Conference Player of the Year and First Team All North Atlantic Conference in 1999 and 2000. Hazen also earned North Atlantic Conference Tournament Most Valuable Player recognition in 1999 and 2001.
 
  • Becker’s all time leading scorer with 177 career points.
  • Two time North Atlantic Conference Player of the Year
  • Two time North Atlantic Conference First Team selection
  • Earned North Atlantic Conference All Tournament recognition three times.
  • Won three consecutive North Atlantic Conference Championships



Vin Mitchell ’54 Basketball

It’s been over a half-century since Vincent Mitchell, a strong 6­–4 center-forward from Worcester, Mass., played basketball at Leicester Junior College, but those who saw him play know that he was one of the special players in Leicester Junior College history.

Mitchell was a two-year basketball starter for Coach Paige Rowden from 1952-1954

The 1952-53 team provided Leicester Junior with its first NJCAA regional exposure when it was invited to the Region 15, Northeast, Tournament in Binghamton, N.Y. In a first round game, Mitchell scored 12 points in an upset win (59-56) over Orange County College of N.Y. (12/29/52). Mitchell followed that game with a 15 point performance in a semifinal lost (74-81) to eventual champion Binghamton State of N.Y. (12/30/52).

Vincent Mitchell, who was known for his accurate one-hand push shot from the outside and his rebound ability, scored 373 points in 1953 and 265 for the 1954 team, which he captained.

Vin Mitchell capped his career with a 17-point performance against Wentworth Institute while leading Leicester Junior College to the inaugural 1954 New England junior and small college basketball tournament championship (3/14).

 
  • Mitchell scored in double figures in 36 of 47 career games, with a career scoring average of 13.6 points per game on 638 career points.
  • He became the second player in school history to score over 600 points in just two seasons, topped only by teammate Paul Deignan.
  • President of the freshman class in 1953.
  • The former St. Peter’s High School basketball standout, originally from Worcester, currently resides in Shrewsbury, Mass.



Aimee Jalbert ’01 Softball

Aimee Levesque was a dominating southpaw pitcher at Becker College from 1998-2001, where she compiled a record of 64-27 with a 2.07 ERA. During her four year career she tossed four no-hitters, the most in the program’s history.

During her freshman year, Levesque went 19-5 with a 1.92 ERA, pitching the Hawks to a Region 21 Championship. Levesque also was named First Team All-Region 21 and All-CSAC.  Levesque garnered the North Atlantic Conference Player of the Year and First Team All-NAC in 2000 after going 14-10 with a 2.00 ERA. During her senior year, Levesque helped guide the Hawk to their first NAC Championship, earning NAC Co-Player of the Year, First Team All-NAC and NAC All-Tournament Team.

 
  • Holds career records in wins (64), strikeouts (368), and innings pitched (537).
  • In 2000, Levesque won 21 games; which is currently a single season record.
  • Four-time Becker College Scholar Athlete Award recipient.

No hitters:
March 21, 1999 vs. Centenary
April 2, 2000 vs. Mass. Pharmacy
April 16, 2000 vs. Maine Maritime
April 17, 2000 vs. Wheelock




Kimberly DiLeo Pelczarski ’03 Soccer

Kim DiLeo is the first four year women’s soccer player to be inducted into the Becker College Hall of Fame. During her four year career, DiLeo tallied 44 goals and 31 assists, ranking her fourth all-time with 119 points. 

DiLeo earned First Team North Atlantic Conference honors during the 1999, 2000 & 2001 seasons. Kim played a pivotal role in the Hawks 2000 North Atlantic Conference Championship.
 
  • Scored a school record 13 game winning goals
  • Earned North Atlantic Conference All-Tournament honors during the 2000 and 2002 postseason.
  • Tallied four assists in a game, twice in her career.
  • Named team MVP in 2000, 2001 & 2002.



Debra Sweeney Cannalonga ’92

During her freshman year, Sweeney was a second team All-New England selection, averaging 13.4 points per game.

Debra Sweeney was the starting point guard on the 1992 NJCAA National Championship team. She averaged 6.3 assists and 8.7 points per game, while shooting 38.7 percent from the three point line and converting 59.2 percent of her free throws. Sweeney’s efforts earned her First Team All-New England and All Colonial State Athletic Conference honors.
 
 
  • Sweeney finished her career with 302 assists.
  • Sweeney is the fourth player from the 1992 NJCAA National Championship team to be inducted into the Becker College Hall of Fame
  • Two time All New England selection



The 1992 National Championship Team - Tammy Smith, Debra Sweeney, Sharon Stopyra, Lori Young, Tammy Baker, Sheila Smith, Kim Koski, Dianne Batt, Bonnie Rich, Jen Costello, Kim Monnerat, and Karen Flynn.

Coaching staff: Bill Messier, Herb Whitworth and Donna Gillogly

The 1991-1992 women’s basketball team completed a history making season by winning the inaugural NJCAA Division III national championship, the school’s first national title in any sport. The team was ranked number one in the final NJCAA poll of the season, for the first time in school history, occupying the top spot in Division III poll during the last four weeks of the season.

They validated their top ranking with a resounding 73-49 victory over No. 2 ranked Jefferson Community College in the national semifinals in Troy, N.Y. The win marked 14th time they held an opponent under 50 points that season.

In the National Championship game, the Hawks defeated Ocean County Community College of New Jersey 87-54, setting a record (later tied) for the largest margin of victory (33) ever in NJCAA championship game.

Finished the regular season as the highest-scoring Division III team (83.6 points per game), outscoring the opposition by an astounding 32.5 points with the closest being eight points, 62-54, against Community College of Rhode Island in the first round of the New England Regional Tournament.

 

Regionally

  • Became the first-ever team from New England to win a NJCAA national title in basketball (any level of play, men or women).
  • Defeated Community College of Rhode Island and Northern Essex CC in the regionals, for the programs' second ever Region 21 women's basketball crown.
  • Honored at the Massachusetts State House in Boston, April 13, 1992, as Speaker of the House Charles Flaherty congratulated the Hawks on their national title.
  • The 1991-92 Becker College Women's basketball team joined an elite group of the greats of the game, when it was inducted in the New England Basketball Hall of Fame, during a banquet October 9, 2009, at the Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, Connecticut. The legacy of this team will endure alongside New England's greatest teams.
 

Program Records

  • Finished 25-2, which still stands as the school record for wins, two better that the 1986-87 women’s team, which went 23-3 and won the regional championship.
  • Had a 17-game win streak, which is the longest in school history. The previous best was a 16-game streak put together by the 1987-88 New England Regional finalist.