Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees 2012
n Nov. 10, Quinnipiac will induct the following 10 individuals and two teams into its Athletic Hall of Fame. An induction ceremony and reception will take place at 4 p.m. at the TD Bank Sports Center on the York Hill Campus. The cost is $25 for adults and $10 for children, age 12 and under, and includes a 7 p.m. men’s ice hockey game vs. Cornell. Register at www.quinnipiac.edu/homecoming or call 203-582-8610 for more information. The Quinnipiac University Athletic Hall of Fame was established in 1971 to honor studentathletes, coaches, athletic administrators and friends who have made outstanding contributions to Quinnipiac University intercollegiate athletics .
Nate Pondexter ’01 Men’s Basketball
Joe Zangari ’00 Baseball
Joe Baglio ’02, MBA ’03 Men’s Lacrosse
One of the most prolific scorers in Quinnipiac’s history, Nate Pondexter was the first Quinnipiac men’s basketball player to earn All-Conference honors in the University’s Division I era. He was a twotime All-Northeast Conference First Team selection for the 1998–99 and 1999–2000 seasons. Pondexter totaled 837 points in 45 career games for the highest per game average (18.6) at the time of his graduation. A solid all-around player, Pondexter also totaled 425 rebounds for a 7.7 average as well as 295 assists for a 5.36 per game average. In 2000, he was a three-time Northeast Conference Player of the Week before being named to the New England Division I Senior All-Star Team.
Joe Zangari was Quinnipiac baseball’s firstever All-Northeast Conference selection, earning First Team honors in 1998. That same season, he also was named to the All-New England Second Team. Quinnipiac’s Division I leader in home runs (39), average (.368), runs scored (144) and runs batted in (143), Zangari also graduated with the most career hits (196) in the Division I era and is one of six players in Quinnipiac history to record 60 hits in a single season. His 16 home runs and 50 RBI in 1999 are the most in a single season in the Division I era and the second most all-time. On April 1, 2000, Zangari became Quinnipiac’s all-time home run leader when he hit his 35th dinger against Mount St. Mary’s.
One of the great offensive players in Quinnipiac men’s lacrosse history, Joe Baglio finished his career as the program’s leader in points (203) and assists (63) while ranking second to his twin brother, Mike, in career goals (140). The program’s first AllConference selection at the Division I level, he was named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Rookie of the Year while also earning First Team honors in 1999. In 2001, he earned All-New England honorable mention after being named the MAAC Player of the Year and the Quinnipiac Male Athlete of the Year. He also holds the singleseason record for points (78) and ground balls (112), while also scoring the second most goals (49) in one season.
Megan Matthews ’02, MBA ’04 Women’s Lacrosse Megan Matthews was the first Quinnipiac women’s lacrosse player to be chosen for the All-Northeast Conference, earning the honor in 2002 and again in 2003. She finished her career as the all-time leader in wins (28), saves (862) and save percentage (.586), while also posting the fourth highest goals-against average (10.33) in Quinnipiac women’s lacrosse history. She holds the program’s freshman records for saves (221), save percentage (.597) and single-season saves (224). In 1999, she had the seventh highest number of saves among all NCAA Division I women’s lacrosse goalies, while in 2001, she ranked 10th nationally in save percentage (.588).
Everson Maciel ’04, MBA ’07 Men’s Soccer The first-ever Quinnipiac men’s soccer player to be selected for the All-Northeast Conference, Everson Maciel earned First Team honors in 2000. That same season, he led the team with 36 points, on the strength of 13 goals and 10 assists. Also that season, he was named to the AllNSCAA/Adidas All-New England Second Team. In 2002, he was named the Northeast Conference Player of the Year, as well as the Quinnipiac Male Athlete of the Year, after leading the NEC in goals (17) and points (38), and finishing third nationally in goals per game (1.04) and sixth in points per game (2.38).
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Mike Baglio ’02, MBA ’03 Men’s Lacrosse Like his twin brother, Mike Baglio also had a stellar career, finishing as the program’s leader in career goals (144), and finishing second to his brother, Joe, in career points (183). He also ranked fifth in assists (43) and 10th in ground balls (130). In 2001, he scored 46 goals and 60 points, the third highest career totals in their respective categories, while also hauling in 80 ground balls. In 2001, the dynamic duo led Quinnipiac to its best regular-season finish in program history. Coming off a 14–2 season that saw the brothers finish first and second on the Bobcats roster in goals, assists and points, both were picked as 2002 InsideLacrosse.com Preseason All-Americans.
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Jessica (Uccello) Asadourian ’00 Women’s Tennis
Becca Main Head Coach, Field Hockey
Jessica Uccello finished her career at Quinnipiac as the all-time leader in wins (159) for the women’s tennis team. As a freshman in 1996, she set program records in wins for both singles (21) and doubles (18) before being named the Northeast-10 Conference Freshman and Player of the Year. In 1998, she became Quinnipiac’s first-ever All-Northeast Conference selection, with a Second Team honor. A three-time Quinnipiac Class Scholar Athlete, she also earned Northeast Conference Women’s Tennis Scholar Athlete of the Year honors in 1999 and 2000.
Becca Main is the first and only field hockey coach in Quinnipiac history. She also started the Quinnipiac women’s lacrosse program. In 1998, she became the first Quinnipiac head coach to record a victory at the Division I level and the first to lead a team to the postseason. In 17 seasons, Main has accumulated 136 wins, including 120 at the Division I level and a 78–36 record in Northeast Conference play. A four-time Coach of the Year, including three selections by the NEC, Main led Quinnipiac to the NCAA Tournament in 2001 and 2003. In 17 seasons, she has coached 68 All-NEC players, 16 All-New England players, two NEC Goalkeepers of the Year, one NEC Defensive Player of the Year, one Rookie of the Year and three NEC Tournament Most Valuable Players. In 2009, Quinnipiac field hockey received the Northeast Conference Sportsmanship Honor.
Kim Misiaszek ’01, MPT ’03 Women’s Basketball Kim Misiaszek was the second player in Quinnipiac women’s basketball history to earn All-Northeast Conference honors, landing on the Second Team for the 2000–01 season. The career leader in blocked shots, she swatted 149 shots in 82 games for a 1.8 per game average. One of two players in Quinnipiac history and the only one at the Division I level to lead the program in rebounding in each of her four years, she currently ranks fifth with 827 rebounds while also ranking sixth all-time with 1,417 points.
2001 Field Hockey Team
Jill DiSanti, Britney Ewan, Eileen Gallagher, Jamie Glendening, Erin Gunn, Heather Hamwey, Lacey Johnson, Meredith Klein, Jackie Langenstein, Jennifer Lucich, Sarah Mathers, Christina Nockunas, Chelsea Osbrey, Kelly Proper, Sarah Riley, Courtney Ryan, Rachel Slaiciunas and Julie Smith.
2001–02 Men’s Ice Hockey Team The 2001–02 Quinnipiac men’s ice hockey team was undoubtedly the most successful of head coach Rand Pecknold’s tenure. Despite being picked to finish fifth in the preseason coaches’ poll, the Bobcats closed out the regular season in second place. Then, in the MAAC Tournament, Quinnipiac registered one-goal wins over Iona and Sacred Heart before taking a 6–4 win over Mercyhurst in the title game. As a result, Quinnipiac earned its first-ever trip to the NCAA Division I Tournament. Roster: Bobby Acropolis, Todd Bennett, Ben Blais, Neil Breen, Bill Cass, Chris Chandler, Bo Christini, Matt Craig, Tyler DuFour, Justin Eddy, Dan Ennis, Matt Erhart, Craig Falite, Matt Froehlich, Rob Hammel, Brian Herbert, Jamie Holden, David King, Mike LaRocca, Chris Maniatis, Ryan Morton, Ryan Olson, Matt Plante, Rob Scheer, Brandon Schmitt, Chris Tarr, Tom Watkins, Chris White and Wade Winkler.
Rand Pecknold Head Coach, Men’s Ice Hockey
In 2001, the field hockey team broke the all-time record for wins in a season when it finished the year at 12–8, while also posting a 10–2 mark in NEC play. The Bobcats advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history. Roster: Rosemary Bowman, Heather Cady, Julie Champagne, Kristin Crosby, Marisa Davila,
The winningest coach in men’s ice hockey history, Rand Pecknold has amassed an impressive 327 career wins in his 628 games (.585) behind the Bobcats’ bench. He is one of four coaches in Quinnipiac history with 300 career wins. In 2011–12, he led Quinnipiac to its 16th consecutive nonlosing season. In 2008, Quinnipiac achieved its highest national ranking in program history when the Bobcats ascended to the No. 4 slot in the USCHO.com and the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Division I polls. In 2005, Pecknold was named the Atlantic Hockey Coach of the Year. In 2002, he guided Quinnipiac to the MAAC Hockey Championship, and to its only NCAA Tournament appearance in program history. For his career, he has coached 23 All-League selections, 12 All-Rookie Team selections, five league Players of the Year, four All-Americans and one Hobey Baker Memorial Award Finalist, in addition to 150 All-Academic student-athletes.
The 2001–02 Quinnipiac men’s ice hockey team celebrates its 6–4 win against Mercyhurst in the MAAC Championship Game, which led to the team’s first NCAA Division I Tournament berth in program history.
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