OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Director of Athletics Brett Adams announced today the inaugural class for the Stevenson University Hall of Fame which will be inducted at the Hall of Fame banquet on October 25 during Homecoming and Family Weekend 2014.
This year’s class includes Kerri Harman ’01, Dottie Hudson ’00, Kelly Matthews ’98, Dawn McFarland ’04, Trey Shackelford ’96, Tony Tamanini ’01, Heather Valunas ’03 and Dick Watts. Among the eight individuals, the team will also recognize the 1995 men’s lacrosse and the 2000 women’s soccer teams.
"From the humble beginnings as an upstart program to our first selections to the NCAA tournaments and our nationally-ranked—and national champion—teams, we have wonderful people to recognize and honor," said Adams.
The launch of the Athletics Hall of Fame coincides with the 20th anniversary of the start of the University’s NCAA Division III athletics program. Nominees for the inaugural Class of 2014 include those who graduated from Stevenson (formerly Villa Julie College) in 2004 or earlier.
"The Hall of Fame is a great step for Stevenson and our Mustang athletics program," said Paul Cantabene, Associate Athletic Director, Men’s Lacrosse Coach, and Chair of the Hall of Fame Committee. "It is a great honor to have a Hall of Fame to celebrate all of those who sacrificed so much to get us where we are now. We can only hope the next 20 years will be as great."
Harman was a four-year member of the women’s soccer team from 1997-2000 and currently ranks third with 42 goals and 101 points for her career. She is also second with 17 assists, holding the school record for 13 years until it was surpassed in the fall of 2013.
Harman was named the team’s Most Valuable Player in 2000 after leading the Mustangs to the third round of the NCAA Division III Women’s Soccer Championship while totaling 25 points with 12 goals and one assist. She also led the team in scoring as a junior with 13 goals, a mark that stands ninth all-time.
Hudson was a two-sport athlete, participating in field hockey and track and field. She was a three-time NFHCA All-Academic Squad selection and two-year team captain in field hockey from 1997-99, but where she excelled was on the track.
A three-year participant in indoor track from 1997-2000 as there was no team in 1998, Hudson was selected as the team’s most valuable player selection each year. In 2000, she qualified for the 55 meters at the ECAC Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships and was also named the school’s Most Outstanding Female Athlete and NCAA Woman of the Year honoree.
Matthews played three seasons for the men’s basketball team from 1995-98 and currently ranks sixth in school history with 1,139 career points. He also ranks in the top-10 in 13 other categories, including second at 18.7 points per game, third with 171 steals, seventh with 177 assists and ninth with 355 rebounds.
In his first season with the Mustangs during the 1995-96 season, Matthews ranked second in school history and 43rd nationally, averaging 21.4 points per game. Also that year, he ranked 15th in Division III at 3.1 steals per game while ranking second in school history with 134 free throws made, a mark that trails his own school record of 143 set during the 1997-98 season.
Matthews also played one season on the men's lacrosse team as senior in 1998.
McFarland played four seasons for the field hockey team from 2000-03, starting all 76 of the team’s games and finishing her career as the school record holder with 41 goals, 22 assists and 104 points. She is still the only player in school history to surpass 100 career points and is 22 ahead of second place. She was a two-time NFHCA Regional All-American and a three-time NFHCA All-Academic Squad selection.
As a senior in 2003, McFarland set a school record with 15 goals and 35 points, holding the records for 10 years until they were broken in 2013. McFarland also set the school record for goals and points in a single game in 2003 when she had five goals and 10 points in a 9-0 victory over Hood on August 30 in the Black-Eyed Susan Tournament.
Shackelford was a pioneer and two-year member of the school’s national championship lacrosse program. In 1994, he approached the school to start the first men’s lacrosse team in school history. In two seasons, he posted a school-record .620 saves percentage while totaling 438 saves, a mark that ranks second in school history.
As a senior in 1996, Shackelford led the nation with 255 saves, including 32 versus Wesley on March 26, while being voted as the school’s Most Outstanding Male Athlete. Today, the men’s lacrosse team honors him with Trey Shackelford Most Valuable Player award.
In addition to men’s lacrosse, Shackelford also participated in men’s cross country in 1994, captaining the team its first year to aid the college in becoming NCAA eligible.
Tamanini played four seasons for the men’s soccer team from 1997-2000, was captain for the final three and is the program’s most prolific scorer. In 61 career games, he totaled 59 goals and 31 assists for 149 points, all school records. He scored 76 points and 32 goals more than the second person on each list.
As a senior in 2000, Tamanini also set the single-season school records for goals and points with 25 and 59, respectively. That year, he was named team Most Valuable Player for the third-straight season, finished second in the nation in scoring and set the school record with four goals and 11 points versus Lancaster Bible on October 17 while being named the school's Most Outstanding Male Athlete.
Valunas was a four-year member and two-time Most Valuable Player of the women’s lacrosse team from 2000-03. She appeared in 56 career games while totaling 151 goals, 35 assists and 186 points which rank fifth all-time in school history. Her 151 goals, which ranks third, stood as the school record for 11 years until it was surpassed in 2014.
Valunas is the only player in school history to lead the team in goals in each of her four seasons as a Mustang. She scored a career-high 46 as a senior, ranking her fifth in school history. She also led the team in points three times, totaling a career-best 59 in 2003. Defensively, she ranks fourth in school history with 123 ground balls and 57 caused turnovers.
Watts spent 25 years at Stevenson from 1988 to 2013 and was the architect behind the school’s physical education, intramural and intercollegiate athletic programs and served as director of physical education. He was instrumental in educating the administration as to the importance of athletics to the University while assisting with the application and acceptance into the NCAA as a member of Division III.
In addition to his work at Stevenson, Watts helped build the program at UMBC where he served as athletics director and head men’s lacrosse coach. A two-time men’s lacrosse All-American and 1956 graduate of Johns Hopkins, he is a member of the U.S. Lacrosse National, U.S. Lacrosse Greater Baltimore Chapter and UMBC Hall of Fame.
The 1995 men’s lacrosse team was the first in the 20-year history of the program at Stevenson. Under the guidance of head coach Haswell Franklin, the Mustangs went 3-7 during their inaugural season, posting the program’s first win on March 30 with an 18-2 victory over York (Pa.). Led by Trey Shackelford, the team was one of nine intercollegiate teams that year for Stevenson in its inaugural year as a member of the NCAA Division III.
The 2000 women’s soccer team was the first team in school history to advance to the NCAA tournament, advancing to the third round of the NCAA Division III Women’s Soccer Championship. Under the guidance of head coach Matt Biedermann, the Mustangs won four of their final six games to earn an at-large bid. Led by MVP Kerri Harman, the team defeated Christopher Newport and N.C. Wesleyan before falling to Salisbury in the regional finals.
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