Worcester, Mass. (June 4) -- The Assumption College Department of Athletics has announced the Assumption Alumni-Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2013, as selected by the Hall of Fame Committee. This year’s class includes Susan (Dailey) Malanga ’84 (women’s basketball), Stephen Connolly ’91 (ice hockey), Demetri Beekman ’93 (men’s basketball), Anne (Mingolelli) Burgholzer ’00 (field hockey) and John Ippolito (men’s tennis head coach).
This year’s induction ceremony will take place on Friday, October 18th in the Hagan Campus Center Hall. The reception begins at 6 p.m., followed by the induction beginning at 7 p.m. Online ticket registration is available for the first time, with tickets $40 per adult and $12 for children 12 and under. For online ticket purchase, please click here.
(Dailey) Malanga ’84 was a four-year standout for the women’s basketball program. A former Rev. Armand Desautels, A.A. Memorial Award winner as the 1984 Assumption College Premier Student-Athlete of the Year, she was a team captain as a senior. She finished her career with 965 points, 801 rebounds, 185 blocks, 117 assists and 113 steals. She also shot 40.6 percent from the field for her career and hit 556 career free throws.
Connolly ’91 was a four-year standout for the Assumption ice hockey team. The 1989 Team MVP and 1990 team captain, he finished his career with 147 points on 57 goals and 90 assists, which ranks him eighth all-time in career points. As a junior, Connolly posted a 50-point season that included 31 assists and a pair of six-point games. He posted three five-assist games while ranking sixth all-time in assists with 90 and 12th all-time in goals with 57.
Beekman ’93 is one of the top men’s basketball players in Assumption College history after his record-setting four-year career for the Greyhounds. The all-time NCAA Division II assists leader, Beekman registered 1,044 assists in 119 career games. In addition, he is second all-time at all levels of NCAA basketball in assists, trailing only Bobby Hurley from Duke University. The 1991 Northeast-10 Tournament Most Valuable Player, Beekman was a Northeast-10 All-Conference First Team selection in 1992-1993. In addition, he was a Northeast-10 Second Team All-Conference honoree in 1990-1991 and 1991-1992 and was the 1989-1990 Northeast-10 Rookie of the Year.
(Mingolelli) Burgholzer ’00 was a four-year member of the field hockey program and is the all-time leading scorer with 92 points in 81 career games. A team captain as a senior, she posted 34 career goals and 24 career assists and was a 1999 Northeast-10 Second Team All-Conference selection. She is fourth in career games played at 81, second in goals with 34, third in assists with 24 and her 35-point season in 1999 is tied for the third-highest in Assumption field hockey history.
Ippolito led one of the most dominant eras of any sport in Northeast-10 Conference history as his men’s tennis teams captured nine straight Northeast-10 Championships during his 10 years as the Assumption College head coach. A five-time Northeast-10 Coach of the Year, Ippolito’s teams posted an overall record of 187-41 for a winning percentage of .820. His teams were even more impressive in Northeast-10 play, posting a record of 101-13 for a winning percentage of .886. At one point, the Hounds posted 117 straight victories under Ippolito.
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