OWINGS MILLS, Md. – The Stevenson University athletics department and Director of Athletics Brett Adams announced today that seven individuals and one team will comprise the 2017 induction class into the Dick Watts Stevenson University Athletics Hall of Fame. The class is the fourth since the Hall of Fame was founded in 2014.
Women's basketball and softball standout Alicia Barnard '06, women's volleyball player Jessica Bensley '06, women's tennis player Holly (Bentz) Zajac '98, men's tennis player Brad Friedel '00, men's golf student-athlete David Livermore '00 and men's lacrosse standout Eric Schmith '99 will be inducted, as well as former softball coach Ken Ballance as a Contributor.
In addition, the Hall of Fame will also recognize the 2006-07 men's golf team as a Team of Tradition.
Including this year's class, the Dick Watts Stevenson Athletics Hall of Fame, founded in 2014 as the University celebrated the 20th anniversary of the start of NCAA Division III athletics in 1994, consists of 38 individuals and six Teams of Tradition. Nominees for this year's class include those who graduated from Stevenson (formerly Villa Julie College) in 2007 or earlier.
The 2017 class of the Dick Watts Stevenson University Athletics Hall of Fame will be formally inducted on Saturday, October 21 at the annual Hall of Fame banquet during Stevenson's Homecoming Weekend.
Barnard played four seasons of softball and basketball for the Mustangs. On the diamond, she batted .364 (86-236) and ranks fifth in career batting average, including batting .469 as a sophomore. On the hardwood, Barnard totaled 797 career points (8.4 ppg) and made 134 career three-pointers and registered 221 career steals. She ranks sixth in program history in scoring and second in career steals.
Bensley totaled 991 kills for the women's volleyball team from 2002-05 and ranks sixth in program history in career kills. She also has a program-best 209 service aces and also totaled 803 digs and 179 blocks. She also played basketball and softball, averaging 4.1 points per game as a sophomore while batting .333 in her one season of softball as a freshman.
Zajac was a two-time team MVP for the women's tennis team, winning the honor in 1994-95 and again in 1997-98 despite having never played tennis before arriving at Villa Julie. She posted a career singles record of 18-20, including a 5-4 mark in singles as a junior, and also recorded 11 doubles victories in her career.
Friedel was the MVP of the men's tennis team as a senior. He posted a 24-24 career record in singles play and a 23-25 mark in doubles action over his four seasons. As a freshman, Friedel was 8-3 in doubles action and 7-3 in singles. Friedel went on to later serve as an assistant coach and as head coach from 2001-04 with the Mustang tennis program.
Livermore was a four-year member of the men's golf team and was a two-time team MVP, winning the award as a junior and senior. As a junior he became the first Mustang to qualify for the ECAC Championship, while as a senior he posted a stroke average of 79.1 and recorded a pair of second place finishes.
Schmith was one of the early standouts for the Mustang men's lacrosse program. He totaled 122 goals and 137 assists for 259 career points, despite playing in just 60 games in his career. Schmith ranks second in career assists, fifth in career goals and fourth in career points. He totaled 92 points (37 goals, 55 assists) as a junior in 1998, tied for the fourth-highest single season point total in program history.
Ballance served as Villa Julie's first softball coach from 1999-2003, starting as a club program in 1999 before joining the varsity ranks in 2000. Due to complications from diabetes, Ballance was forced to step away from the program prior to the 2004 season, however, continued to be a presence as Villa Julie athletic events, serving as clock operator and scorekeeper for many Mustang teams. Ballance passed away in 2008 at the age of 57.
The 2006-07 men's golf team finished second overall at the North East Athletic Conference (NEAC) Championship with a two-day score of 671, trailing only Keystone College. The Mustangs placed three golfers in the top 10, with Cliff Mangle finishing second overall with a two-day score of 161. The team went on to be the first to qualify for the NCAA Division III Men's Golf Championship.
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