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Six Eastern Graduates Named to Athletic Hall of Fame

sports - hall fo fame inductees72dpi_1660.jpgFrom left: Amy J. Keane Steed '90 of Tolland (women's soccer); Shannon D. Sligo '00 of South Hadley, MA (men's lacrosse); Kathleen Kimball Tredwell '96 of North Stonington (women's volleyball); Paul Martineau '09 of Willimantic (baseball); Melissa J. Kowolenko Angle '94 of Killingly (women's basketball); and Joseph J. Funaro '95 of Hamden (baseball) were honored on Jan. 8 as the Class of 2011-12 Hall of Fame inductees at the induction ceremony held at the Student Center.

Funaro led Eastern to two NCAA Division III national tournament appearances and was named first-team All-America and ECAC Division III New England Player-of-the-Year as a senior in 1995.  Kimball led the Warriors to two NCAA and two ECAC tournament berths between 1991 and 1995 and a combined record of 126-49. She was a three-time all-region selection, three-time All-New England pick and MVP of the first Little East Conference tournament as a senior in 1995. Keane was a four-year starter between 1986 and 1989 and was a member of the first intercollegiate women's soccer team in 1986.  She started 52 of a possible 55 matches in her career and was a member of the first post-season tournament team in 1988 and first NCAA post-season tournament team the following year.  Kowolenko graduated as the program's all-time leader in career (1,429), season (521) and game (36) points and still ranks third all-time in career points. Between 1989 and 1993, she led the Warriors to three NCAA tournament appearances, including back-to-back Final Four berths.

Martineau helped the Warriors to four straight NCAA tournament berths between 1982 and 1985, including back-to-back regional championships and national tournament berths and the 1982 Division III national championship. The left-handed power hitter was a three-time All-New England pick who earned third-team All-America honors as a senior in 1985. Sligo becomes the first player inducted to the E-Club Hall of Fame from the men's lacrosse program, which began in 1996. A four-year starter on defense from 1997 through 2000, Sligo was the program's first All-America, earning honorable mention honors in 1999 and 2000. As a senior in 2000, he became the first Eastern player to participate in the prestigious USILA Senior North-South All-Star Game.  In addition to the inductees, local radio personality Wayne Norman was presented the Michael A. Atkind Service Award for his contributions to Eastern athletics since the early 1970s. Dr. Bonnie Edmondson '87 served as Mistress of Ceremonies.  The induction ceremony was the 18th since the formation of the Hall of Fame in 1986. A total of 97 individuals representing 12 men's and women's intercollegiate programs have gained induction prior to 2011.

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