July 2, 2010

EIGHT TO BE HONORED AT UNH ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME CEREMONY

DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire athletic department released the eight names that will be honored at the UNH Athletic Hall of Fame ceremony in 2010. The announcement was made today by UNH Director of Athletics Marty Scarano.
   
The inductees will be honored on Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010 at the Hall of Fame ceremony, which will be held in Lundholm Gymnasium. The event is set to begin at 6 p.m.

This year’s class includes: Lauren Apollo ’86 (women’s ice hockey), Robert Black ’77 (men’s soccer), Marcie Boyer ’03 (field hockey), Kim Boyle Foley ’97 (women’s soccer), Lou D’Allesandro ’61 (football, baseball & lacrosse), Ed Fish ’58 (football), Randy Hall ’90 (cross country, track & field) and Kristen Zeimetz Runyan ’02 (women’s swimming & diving).

Lauren Apollo ‘86 is one of the highest scoring defensemen in the storied history of the UNH women’s ice hockey program. She recorded 40 goals and 65 assists for a total of 105 points in 80 games. With those numbers, Apollo is the points per game leader among all Wildcat defensemen at 1.31 ppg and is one of six defensemen in the Century Club. She also currently ranks second in goals and tied for fourth on the list of UNH blueliners.

As a senior in the 1985 season, Apollo tied for the team lead in goals (18) and netted a team-high three power-play goals in 21 games. She also ranked third in both points (37) and assists (19) en route to becoming a member of the inaugural ECAC All-Star Team. Apollo also eclipsed 30 points as a junior with 32 in 19 games and averaged more than one point per game as a sophomore with 21 points in 20 games.

In her four years donning the Blue and White sweater, UNH finished as EAIAW champions in 1982 and 1983 and was the ECAC runner-up in both ’84 and ’85. The Wildcats compiled an overall record of 71-9-1 for a .883 winning percentage.

Robert Black ’77 ranks sixth all-time in points at UNH with 47. He is tied for eighth all-time in career goals with 18 and is 10th in career assists with 11. Black posted a career-high 26 points as a sophomore during the 1973 campaign, a mark that ranks seventh all-time, second at the time, among single-season marks; he tallied a career-high 11 goals in 1973, a total that ranks seventh all-time, second at the time, among single-season totals.

Black was an All-American in 1976; he was an All-New England selection in 1976 and earned All-Yankee Conference honors in 1973 and ’76. Black was also the team’s leading scoring in his senior season with 12 points.

Marcie Boyer ’03 was a highly decorated and accomplished student-athlete as a four-year letterwinner on the field hockey team whose career culminated in the 2003 Jim Urquhart Student-Athlete of the Year Award. As a senior captain, she led the team in goals, assists and points to rank 17th in the nation in points and 18th in goals. Boyer’s accolades in that 2002 season included All-America First Team, America East Player of the Year, ECAC All-Star and Broderick Award nominee (one of four nominated for the top player in the nation). Boyer also led the team in both goals and points as a junior. As a sophomore, she ranked second in goals, assists and points.

In four years (1999-2002), Boyer started 77 of 79 games and compiled 33 goals and 20 assists for 86 points. At that time, those numbers ranked fourth in points, tied for fourth in goals and tied for seventh in assists on UNH’s career leaderboards. The Wildcats made one NCAA tournament appearance (2000), three league tournaments and won two regular-season conference titles. Boyer was also a three-time Northeast Region All-America First Team selection and two-time America East All-Conference First Team honoree.

Kim Boyle Foley ‘97, who started and played in all 75 matches during her career, finished with 86 points and 35 goals, which placed her second in both categories on UNH’s all-time lists at the time of her graduation – just one point and three goals shy of the top spots, respectively. She also finished fourth on the program’s all-time assists list with 16.

Boyle’s 11 goals in 1995, and six assists and 26 points in 1994 were the second most in a season in program history at the time, while her 10 tallies in 1994 were the third most. Boyle still shares the school record for assists in a game when she handed out three helpers in a 7-2 victory against Canisius in 1993.

Boyle was selected to the NSCAA Northeast Region First Team in 1995 and was named to the Second Team in 1996. She was also tabbed for the North Atlantic Conference First Team in both 1995 and 1996. Boyle, who tri-captained the 1996 squad, was given the UNH women’s soccer Honor Award that year. The award is presented to the player whom the coaching staff finds to have made significant contributions to the team and deserves special recognition for her efforts.

Lou D’Allesandro ‘61 was a three-year letterman on the football team including serving as the team’s co-captain during his senior season in 1960-61. He was also a two-year member of the lacrosse team and played one year of baseball for the Wildcats. 

D’Allesandro was awarded the Phi Kappa Theta Award for sportsmanship in 1960 and went on to play professional football for five years in the Atlantic Coast Professional Football League from 1963-68. While D’Allesandro’s contributions on the field were great, he continued his allegiance for the Wildcats in a multitude of ways. Upon graduating in 1961 he became an active member of the UNH 100 Club, our men’s athletics volunteer fundraising organization, and in later years he served as the director and president on several different occasions. A member of the New Hampshire College Hall of Fame, D’Allesandro is currently a member of the New Hampshire State Senate for District 20.

Edward A. Fish ‘58, who passed away on June 15, was among the University's most generous donors to student-athletes and athletic programming. Winner of the 2008 Hubbard Family Award for Service to Philanthropy, Fish was a football player for the Wildcats during his time in Durham. In 1999, Fish established the Edward A. Fish ’58 Endowed Football Scholarship Fund to provide annual scholarship awards to members of the UNH football team. More recently Fish helped establish The “First 500” UNH Football Endowed Athletic Fund, encouraging his fellow alumni and friends to support the program as it captured its 500th victory on Oct. 25, 2008 in a 42-14 win over Towson.

Fish also provided the money needed to install a state-of-the-art artificial playing surface in Cowell Stadium and remaining funds were used to renovate the Paul Sweet Oval, which is used by every UNH varsity sport for training, conditioning and injury rehabilitation. Fish served on the 2008-09 Presidents Panel on Intercollegiate Athletics and in the fall of 2009, he was elected to the UNH Foundation Board of Directors where he served on the Committee on Philanthropy.

Randy Hall ’90 was a four-year letterwinner in both indoor and outdoor track & field, and served as captain his senior season. Hall was a four-time conference champion on the track, in addition to holding one New England title. He also owned seven school records, with three of them still standing today (1,000m, 1,000 yd, mile). Hall also achieved All-American status during his senior year, running a school-record 4:02.73 in the mile to place seventh at the 1990 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships. He is one of just three UNH track & field All-Americans since 1982.

Hall also stood out in cross country, where he was a four-year letterwinner and a two-year captain. During his senior year, Hall was the conference champion and placed eighth at New Englands to earn All-New England honors.

Kristen Zeimetz Runyan ’02 ranks third all-time in program history in the 100- and 200-meter breast strokes. She participated in the United States Olympic Trials in 2000 and was a finalist for the US Open that same season.

While at UNH, Zeimetz was one of the Wildcats most decorated swimmers being named America East Swimmer of the Year in 1999 and a seven-time America East champion. She also took home five ECAC championships in the pool.

She also set a conference and school record in the 200 breast with a time of 2:16.60 during the 1998-99 campaign and posted a school record in the 100 breast with a time of 1:03.55 in 1999. Zeimetz broke a conference record in the 100 breast during the 2001-02 season, clocking in at 1:03.69.

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