OWINGS MILLS, Md. – The Stevenson University athletics department and Director of Athletics Brett Adams announced Tuesday that seven individuals and one team will comprise the 2018 induction class into the Dick Watts Stevenson University Athletics Hall of Fame. The class is the fifth since the Hall of Fame was founded in 2014.
Women's soccer and basketball standout Tonia Cristino '08 '10M, baseball's Anthony DeFrancisco '05, Jaime (Hershner) Elwood '01 of women's lacrosse, women's basketball star Cara Hill '07 '10M, men's soccer's Steve Montalvo '02 and Dan Velez '03 of men's lacrosse comprise this year's class. Jeb Barber '02 will be inducted as a contributor.
In addition, the Hall of Fame will also recognize the 2006 women's soccer 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 2008 or earlier.
The 2018 class of the Dick Watts Stevenson University Athletics Hall of Fame will be formally inducted on Saturday, October 20 at the annual Hall of Fame banquet during Stevenson's Homecoming Weekend.
Cristino was a four-year standout for both the Mustang women's soccer and basketball programs from 2004-08. In soccer, Cristino totaled 45 goals and 23 assists for 113 points and is the program's all-time leader in assists and ranks third in goals and points. She had 16 goals and six assists as a sophomore in 2006 as the Mustangs advanced to the NCAA tournament. In basketball, Cristino averaged 6.6 points and 3.1 assists in 105 career games and ranks second in program history in assists with 325.
DeFrancisco was a member of the Villa Julie baseball team from 2002-05 and batted .356 in 138 career games with 167 hits and 103 runs batted in. He batted .383 as a senior en route to North East Athletic Conference First Team accolades and was the fourth-toughest player in Division III to strike out as a senior. He ranks in the Mustang career top-10 for batting average, hits and runs batted in.
Elwood was a four-year member of the women's lacrosse program from 1998-2001 and totaled 45 goals and 18 assists for 63 points over her career, including 15 goals and eight assists as a junior. A defender, she also picked up 79 ground balls as a junior in 2000. The Mustangs won 27 games over her four seasons, including an 11-3 mark in 1998.
Hill played for the women's basketball program from 2004-07 and wrapped up her career as the program's all-time leader in scoring (1,389 points) and rebounding (903 rebounds) and still ranks second in both categories. As a senior, Hill averaged 14.2 points and 8.2 rebounds per game. She was a three-time All-NEAC selection, including NEAC First Team honors as a senior in 2006-07 as the Mustangs went 19-10.
Montalvo was a member of the men's soccer and men's lacrosse teams during his time at Stevenson. A goalie in soccer, he had 76 saves as a sophomore and as a junior in 2000 recorded a 0.76 goals-against average. He was a three-year captain for the program. A midfielder in lacrosse, Montalvo picked up 24 ground balls as a senior. Montalvo was the recipient of the athletic department's Fighting Heart award in 2002.
Velez was a three-year member of the men's lacrosse program from 2001-03 and totaled 84 goals and 68 assists for 152 points in 38 games. As a junior in 2002 he racked up 36 goals and 24 assists for 60 points in 13 games, with his 4.62 points per game ranking in the top 25 in Division III. His 152 points place Velez 11th in program history in that category while his 68 assists are good for 10th all-time.
Barber served in a variety of roles following graduation in the Villa Julie athletic department. The lead men's basketball assistant coach for six seasons, Barber was an assistant for back-to-back NCAA Tournament runs in 2006 and 2007. He also was an Assistant Athletic Director and had stints as Villa Julie's men's tennis coach as well as the department's Sports Information Director. Barber played basketball and tennis as an undergraduate and went on to be the head men's basketball coach at Gallaudet University from 2008-12.
The 2006 women's soccer team posted a 15-8 overall record and reached the North East Athletic Conference final, falling 1-0 to SUNY Purchase. The Mustangs earned a berth into the NCAA tournament, the program's second, and defeated Notre Dame (Md.) 3-1 in the first round before falling to eventual national finalist TCNJ in the second round. Four players from that team were NEAC All-Conference selections, with Cristino and Nikki Miller earning First Team accolades.
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