Dick Watts Stevenson Athletics Hall of Fame Class Of 2019 Announced

Dick Watts Stevenson Athletics Hall of Fame Class Of 2019 Announced

OWINGS MILLS, Md. – The Stevenson University athletics department announced Tuesday that nine individuals and one team will comprise the 2019 class of the Dick Watts Stevenson Athletics Hall of Fame.  The class, the sixth since the Hall of Fame was founded in 2014, will be inducted on Friday, October 18, 2019 during Homecoming Weekend.

Men's lacrosse's Nic Bevacqua '09, men's tennis player and coach Jason Cohen '07, women's soccer's Katie Decker '10, women's soccer and lacrosse's Annie Ernst '03, men's lacrosse's Greg Furshman '09, women's tennis's Lauren Humphries '08, women's lacrosse's Tricia Kauffman '09 and baseball's Wade Keenan '09 will all be inducted.

Current Director of Athletics and former men's basketball head coach Brett Adams will be inducted in the contributor category.

In addition, the Hall of Fame will also recognize the 2009 men's lacrosse 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 47 individuals and seven Teams of Tradition. 

Adams came to Villa Julie in 1994 as the first full-time Director of Athletics and men's basketball coach, coinciding with the Mustangs' lead to NCAA Division III athletics, and served in both roles until stepping down from coaching duties.  During his tenure, he has overseen the growth from 11 sports in 1994-95 to the current 27 offered today, in addition to vast club and intramural options for students.  As men's basketball coach, Adams guided the Mustangs to 138 wins, including back-to-back NCAA appearances in 2006 and 2007.  He also has served as head tennis coach.

   

Bevacqua was a member of the Mustangs from 2007-09 and earned Second Team All-America honors as a senior after recording 31 goals and eight assists for 39 points, 24 ground balls and 16 caused turnovers.  A two-time All-Capital Athletic Conference team member, Bevacqua totaled 70 goals and 27 assists in three years, and also compiled 50 ground balls and 31 caused turnovers.  He competed in the 2009 North-South All-Star Game.

   

Cohen was a four-time team MVP of the men's tennis team and totaled 39 singles wins and 36 doubles victories from 2003-07.  A two-time All-NEAC selection, he went on to guide the Mustangs as head coach from 2007-12 and has since gone on to coach at Juniata and Colby and is currently the head coach at Caltech.

   

Decker played for the Mustangs in the 2008 and 2009 seasons and totaled four goals and 15 assists, including a single-season program record 11 assists as a senior in 2009.  She was a CAC First Team selection as a senior.  Decker ranks sixth in career assists despite playing just two seasons.

Ernst was a four-year starting defender for the women's soccer team.  She was a member of the 2000 Mustang women's soccer team that advanced to the Round of 16 of the NCAA tournament.  She contributed seven career assists and started all 17 games of her senior season.  Ernst also played three seasons of women's lacrosse at Villa Julie, appearing in 41 games.

 
 

Furshman played four seasons for the men's lacrosse program and was a two-time honorable mention All-American and a three-time All-CAC choice, earning First Team accolades as a junior and senior. He ranks fifth in program history in faceoff wins (381) and fourth in faceoff percentage (.671) and recorded 96 goals and 33 assists for 129 points.  As a senior in 2009 Furshman was the MVP of the North-South game after finishing with three goals and two assists.

 
   

Humphries played four seasons for the women's tennis team and finished her career with 17 doubles victories and seven singles wins.  She ranked third in career doubles wins in program history at the conclusion of her career.  As a senior she was Villa Julie's NCAA Woman of the Year nominee as well as the winner of the athletic department's Fighting Heart Award.

   

Kauffman was a two-year member of the women's lacrosse program, earning CAC First Team and IWLCA All-Region accolades in each of her two seasons.  She wrapped up her career with 44 caused turnovers, including 31 in 2008, a mark that is third-best in a single season in the program record book.  She also finished her career with 65 ground balls.

 

Keenan earned First Team All-Conference honors in each of his four seasons, earning NEAC First Team honors twice and CAC First Team honors two times.  A three-time ABCA All-Region team member, Keenan ranks second in career strikeouts (235) and stolen bases (53), with both marks surpassed in 2019.  He is also No. 2 in ERA (3.23), third in wins (16), second in career batting average (.367) and fourth in hits (185). He continues to serve as an assistant coach with the baseball program.

 

The 2009 men's lacrosse team finished 17-2 and reached the NCAA semifinals for the first time in program history, starting a run of reaching at least the semifinals four times in a five-year span.  The Mustangs finished the regular season 13-0 and were ranked No. 1 in the country for the first time.  After falling to Salisbury in the Capital Athletic Conference title game, Stevenson avenged that loss in the NCAA quarterfinals before falling to Gettysburg in the semifinals.  The Mustangs had six All-America selections, the most of any team, and junior Steve Kazimer was the Division III Attackman of the Year.  Three seniors competed in the North-South Game, with Greg Furshman named MVP.