Holy Cross to Induct 7 New Members to Hall of Fame in 2017
Friday, February 24, 2017
The 2017 inductees include Maureen Flanagan (Class of 1988, tennis), Maggie Fontana (Class of 2005, basketball), Jack O’Connor (Class of 1963, track and field), Kate O’Shaughnessy (Class of 2002, soccer, basketball), Keith Simmons (Class of 2007, basketball), James Sixsmith (Class of 2007, ice hockey) and the Rev. Anthony J. Kuzniewski, S.J. (athletic chaplain, honorary).
The induction ceremony will take place on Saturday, may 6 at the Varsity Club’s annual dinner.
Flanagan was a four-year starter on some of the best women’s tennis teams Holy Cross has ever produced, during the mid to late 1980s. She led the team to an overall record of 44-8 during her four years, with the Crusaders winning the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championship in 1986 and finishing second in 1984, 1985 and 1987. Flanagan finished her four-year career with an overall singles record of 45-6, and an 18-9 mark in doubles.
Fontana was an outstanding player for the Crusaders from 2001-2005. She was named first team All-Patriot League in 2003 and 2005, while being a second team All-Conference selection in 2004. Fontana was also selected as the Patriot League Tournament Most Valuable Player in 2003, and the Patriot League Rookie of the Year in 2002. She totaled 1,575 points, 768 rebounds, 420 assists and 251 steals while playing in 119 career games, and ranked third all-time at Holy Cross in steals, fourth in rebounding, fifth in scoring and seventh in assists at the time of her graduation.
O’Connor was a star member of the track and field squad for the Crusaders during the early 1960s. He specialized in the distances of 440 yards and 880 yards, and was also a key member of several outstanding relay teams. During his senior year, O’Connor ran a leg on teams which set school records in the indoor one-mile relay (3:18.0) and the outdoor one-mile relay (3:12.6).
O’Shaughnessy was a four-year starter on the Holy Cross women’s soccer team from 1998-2001. She is the only player in school history to be named All-Patriot League four times, as she earned second team accolades in 1999 and first team honors in 1998, 2000 and 2001. A selection to the Patriot League 25th Anniversary team, O’Shaughnessy guided the Crusaders to three consecutive 10-win seasons and Patriot League Tournament appearances in 1998, 1999 and 2000.
Sixsmith was a four-year member of the Holy Cross men’s ice hockey team from 2003-2007. He ranked as the school’s all-time Division I leader points (152) and assists (104) at the time of his graduation, in addition to scoring 48 goals. Sixsmith was named first team All-Atlantic Hockey as a senior, and was selected as the Most Valuable Player of the Atlantic Hockey Tournament during his junior season. He led the Crusaders to two Atlantic Hockey Association championships and the first two NCAA Tournament appearances in school history, including a 4-3 victory over Minnesota in the 2006 NCAA West Regional.
Rev. Anthony Kuzniewski
Kuzniewski served as a chaplain for Holy Cross’ athletic teams for over 20 years.Kuzniewski celebrated mass each year prior to the Holy Cross Varsity Club’s annual dinner and led the varsity song at the event’s conclusion. He passed away in 2016 at the age of 71.
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Holy Cross vs Michigan in NCAA Tournament
The game marked Holy Cross' first NCAA Tournament appearance in 21 seasons.
After leading 72-70 with less than 5 minutes to play, the Crusaders fell 92-81.
Holy Cross was led that season by Ronnie Perry, however, he was injured for this game.
Holy Cross vs Duquesne - NIT Championship game
Holy Cross won the NIT Championship game 71-62 over Duquesne.
The Crusaders were led by Togo Palazzi who was named MVP of the tournament.
Palazzi went as the number one pick in the NBA Draft to the Boston Celtics a couple of months later.
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