Five Inducted Into Athletics Hall of Fame
Worcester, Mass. (October 28) -- The Assumption College Department of Athletics and Recreation held its annual Athletics Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony recently at the Hagan Campus Center. The class included four former standout student-athletes and a former head coach that captured nine Northeast-10 Conference championships.
The 2013 Hall of Fame class consisted of Demitri Beekman ’93 from men’s basketball, Anne (Mingolelli) Burgholzer ’00 from field hockey, Stephen Connolly ’91 from ice hockey, Susan (Dailey) Malanga ’83 from women’s basketball and former men’s tennis head coach John Ippolito.
Demetri Beekman ’93 was 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. A three-time team captain, he helped lead the Hounds to a pair of NCAA Tournament berths and two 20-win seasons during his career. Over his four years, Assumption posted an overall record of 72-50.
Anne (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.
Stephen 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.
Susan (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.
John 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 and advanced to nine straight NCAA Tournaments. 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. He also coached 24 of the 25 winningest players in Assumption College history, including four-time Northeast-10 Player of the Year and Northeast-10 Conference Hall of Fame member Sean Kenney.
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