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Hofstra Hall of Fame: Two former lacrosse legends among list of inductees

Saturday, 22nd December 2012

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, Girl's/Women's, Posted 12/22/12
From Press Release

The Hofstra University Department of Athletics is pleased to announce the Hall of Fame Class of 2013. The class includes seven individual representing eight sports, as well as two teams. The group will be inducted at the 2013 Athletics Hall of Fame Luncheon on Saturday, April 13, 2013, in the Hofstra University Club at 4 p.m. The inductees will also be recognized during halftime of that night’s men’s lacrosse game against the University of North Carolina.

“It is with great pleasure that we announce the Hofstra Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2013,” said Vice President and Director of Athletics Jeffrey A. Hathaway. “The seven individuals and two teams embody Hofstra Pride and further enhance an already-impressive Hall of Fame membership. The accomplishments of this group is something that all current and future Hofstra student-athletes should strive to emulate, as they truly represent Hofstra’s best of the best.”

Including this class, the Hofstra Athletics Hall of Fame will include 91 individuals and three teams. To reserve your seat at the Hall of Fame Luncheon, contact James Barone in the Athletics Development Office at (516) 463-6144.

The Class of 2013 is as follows:

Kathleen Durnski (Mikowski) – A women’s lacrosse student-athlete for four years (2000-03) and a three-year (1999-01) member of the women’s soccer team, Mikowski was a two-time All-American on the lacrosse field and is Hofstra’s all-time leading scorer with 240 points. She ranks first in career goals with 183, fifth in assists with 57 and second with 148 ground balls. Her 57 goals during the 2003 season rank as the highest single season mark in Pride women’s lacrosse history. One of just four players in program history to earn All-America honors twice, she was also a three-time all-region and All-America East selection as well as the 2000 America East Rookie of the Year. As a midfielder on the soccer team, Mikowski recorded four goals and five assists in her three seasons

Doug Shanahan – A standout football and men’s lacrosse student-athlete, Shanahan was a four-year letterwinner for both programs between 1998 and 2001 and is the first two-sport, two-time All-American in Hofstra Athletics history. A three-time All-American in lacrosse, Shanahan was also named the top player in the sport as a senior when he earned the inaugural Tewaaraton Trophy. He was also the recipient of the 2001 Lt. Raymond J. Enners Award as the Division I Lacrosse Player of the Year and the 2001 Lt. Donald J. McLaughlin Jr. Award as the Division I Midfielder of the Year. Shanahan scored 95 goals and 44 assists during his career, ranking ninth and 12th, respectively, on Hofstra’s all-time lists. He also scooped up a school record 450 ground balls. On the gridiron, Shanahan posted 279 tackles and 13 interceptions from his free safety position. He returned five interceptions and fumble recoveries for touchdowns and earned All-America honors in 2000 and 2001. He was a part of six NCAA Tournaments during his tenure, three in football and three in lacrosse including a quarterfinals appearance in 2001. Following graduation, Shanahan was a member of the United States World Lacrosse Team in 2002 and 2006, earning MVP honors at the 2002 World Championships.

Lena Malinowski – A volleyball student-athlete from 1994 to 1998, Malinowski is the program’s all-time leader in kills with 1,654 and ranks third all-time in digs with 1,545. She also holds Hofstra’s single match record for digs with 41 versus Delaware on November 20, 1994. A member of three consecutive NCAA Tournament teams from 1995 to 1997, Malinowski was an All-America East selection in both 1996 and 1997. Malinowski also ranks second all-time in sets played (513), fifth all-time in kills per set (3.22) and seventh all-time in digs per set (3.01).

Greg Polli – A member of the baseball team from 1983 to 1986, Polli was an All-American in 1985 after batting .496, an average that ranked third in the nation. Polli was also the East Coast Conference Player of the Year that season and was a two-time All-ECC pick during his tenure. He followed his terrific 1985 season with a .478 average in 1986 and his career average of .416 ranks seventh all-time in NCAA Division I. He also recorded 140 RBIs during his career, a total that ranks seventh on the career list for the Pride. The Hicksville, New York, native also holds the single season record for slugging percentage at Hofstra with a .950 mark in 1985.

Norman Richardson – A men’s basketball student-athlete from 1997 to 2001, Richardson was an Honorable Mention All-American in 2001 after guiding Hofstra to the NCAA Tournament and winning the America East Player of the Year Award. Richardson was a member of three postseason teams (two NCAA and one NIT) during his tenure, and ranks ninth all-time at Hofstra with 1,677 career points and third with 192 three-point field goals. He was the recipient of the 2001 Haggerty Award as the top player in the metropolitan New York area and is one of only six players to have been named the Most Valuable Player of the Holiday Festival at Madison Square Garden two times. Following graduation, Richardson played professionally in the NBA with the Chicago Bulls and Indiana Pacers, as well as in Europe.

Lance Schulters – A member of the football team for two years (1996 and 1997), Schulters was a two-time All-America selection and the 1997 I-AA Independent Defensive Player of the Year. He recorded a team-high 109 tackles in 1997 in leading the team to a #14 ranking and a I-AA Playoff berth and posted a team-best 13 tackles in a playoff game against Delaware. Schulters had an immediate impact on the team in 1996 as he posted a squad-best five interceptions and added 76 tackles, which was second on the team. Schulters was picked in the fourth round of the 1998 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers, enjoyed a decade-long professional career and was a two-time Pro Bowl selection.

Alicia Smith – A standout softball student-athlete from 1997 to 2000, Smith is Hofstra’s all-time leader in hits (271), games played (236) and at-bats (727). She was a four-time All-Mid-Atlantic Region and All-America East selection and had her #23 retired by the program in 2009. In addition to her hits record, Smith also drove in 136 runs and recorded 54 doubles, which both rank in the top five in program history. Not only known for her offensive prowess, she ranks in the top six in wins (71), innings pitched (619 2/3) and strikeouts (372). She helped Hofstra to three America East Tournament championships and two NCAA Regional appearances during her tenure. Smith was also a first team Academic All-America selection as a senior in 2000.

The 1959-60 Men’s Basketball Team – Coached by Hall of Famer Butch van Breda Kolff, the 1959-60 men’s basketball team posted a 23-1 record and boasts the best winning percentage in school history at .958. The team’s only loss that season was a two-point loss to Wagner (50-48). The team won the Long Island Invitational Tournament over Lehigh and Adelphi. Team members include: Brant Alyes, Steve Balber, Curt Block, Mike Douglas, Steven Dunn, Stan Einbender, Adam Gadzinski, Richie Goldstein, Ted Jackson, Bob Lauster, John McGowan, Bob Stowers, Richie Swartz, Coach van Breda Kolff and Assistant Coach Paul Lynner.

The 1981-82 Women’s Basketball Team – Led by Coach Harvey Pyser, the 1981-82 women’s basketball team posted a 27-9 record and was the Metropolitan Conference Champions. The team won the Eastern AIAW Division II Championship Tournament to qualify for the AIAW National Championship, where it defeated Colorado College in the third place game. Team members include: Eileen Emmert, Sheryl Hall, Karen Hickson, Donna Hiroski, Liz Irwin, Amanda Johnson, Dia LaBella, Christine Lathuras, Diane Leonard, Dawn McGrath, Christine Morrow, Louisa Percudani, Myrna Pohl, Yvonne Risberg, Coach Pyser, Assistant Coach JoAnn Perricone, Assistant Coach Mary Jo Lorello and Manager Donna Jones.



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