Burlington, Vt. – The Northeast-10 conference announced its Hall of Fame Class of 2010 Monday night at its annual end of the year awards banquet in Burlington, Vt. Six new members join the Northeast-10 Hall of Fame including five student-athletes and one administrator.
The former student-athletes include Bill Holden
'90 (Basketball) from Bentley University,
Ian Smart '02 (Football) from C.W. Post,
Kristen Patterson '02 (Basketball, Soccer
& Softball), from American International College,
Katie (Lambert) Conover '03 (Lacrosse)
from Stonehill College and Elad Inbar '04
(Basketball) from the University of Massachusetts Lowell. The
Northeast-10 also elected former President from Franklin Pierce
University, Dr. George Hagerty.
During the course of the upcoming 2010-2011 academic year, each new member of the Hall of Fame will be recognized and honored by their respective campuses.
Holden was a four year member of the Bentley men's basketball team from 1986-1990. He was a three-time All-Northeast-10 First Team selection as well as a two-time NABC Division II All-America honorable mention honoree. During the 1988-89 season, Holden helped lead Bentley to the Northeast-8 Championship as the Falcons advanced to the NCAA Division II tournament.
During his senior season Holden led the team in scoring averaging 21.5 points per game and became Bentley's All-Time leading scorer on Jan. 17 at Saint Michael's and then scored his 2,000th career point a month later on Feb. 21 versus Stonehill. He set school records for career games, points, field goals attempted, three-pointers made, three-pointers attempted, free throws made, free throws attempted, steals, 10-point games, 20-point games and 30-point games. Holden was named Bentley Outstanding Male Senior Athlete (1990) and the New England College Athletic Conference Division II Male Athlete of the Year. He was inducted in to the Bentley Athletic Hall of Fame in 2000.
Smart put together one of the best careers of any Division II running back in history, rushing for a NE-10 record 6,647 yards during his four-year career with the Pioneers. He left the school with NCAA career records for touchdowns (95), points (570) and yards per carry (7.58). He was a two-time first team All-America selection, and is one of four players in history to tally two, 2,000-yard plus rushing seasons. Smart eclipsed the 100-yard rushing plateau in 33 contests, and scored 26 touchdowns on rushes of 50 yards or greater.
After his playing days at C.W. Post, Smart spent time in the New York Jets training camp and got his first NFL game experience in 2004 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He played for the B.C. Lions of the Canadian Football League and scored the only touchdown of the game in the team's 2006 Grey Cup victory.
Patterson starred as a member of the basketball, soccer and softball team at American International. She was a three-year captain for the basketball team and led AIC to the NCAA Tournament three straight season, culminating with a school-record 28-4 mark and the program's first-ever appearance in the NCAA Division II Elite Eight in 2002. Patterson was a two-time All-Northeast-10 selection and holds the school records for career assists (557) and made free throws (511) and is ranked fourth on the all-time career scoring list (1,539 points). Over her four-year career she led the team to an 88-34 record and topped the team in steals and assists in each of her four seasons while averaging 17.3 points per game as a senior.
Patterson also excelled in soccer and softball. In soccer, she remains the leading scorer in program history with 49 goals and 31 assists for 129 points and led the Yellow Jackets to a NCAA Tournament berth in 1998. She was also named the NE-10 Freshman of the Year in 1998 and the NE-10 Player of the Year in 2000. In softball, Patterson played during the 2002 and 2003 seasons and was a member of AIC's last NCAA tournament team in 2003.
Lambert enjoyed a hall of fame career at Stonehill capped by a national championship in her senior season. During her career, Lambert earned numerous accolades, including a spot on the IWLCA All-America first team four straight years, making her the first student-athlete in Stonehill history to be named All-America four times in any sport. Lambert was named Northeast-10 Player of the Year three consecutive years (2001, 2002 & 2003) following her selection as the 2000 Northeast-10 Rookie of the Year.
The Skyhawks were 60-16 during her four years and an impressive 34-1 in Northeast-10 action, which included four straight Northeast-10 Regular Season and tournament titles. Lambert was the first Stonehill student-athlete ever featured in the 'Faces in the Crowd' of Sports Illustrated. When she finished her career she was the NCAA's all-time leader in goals (220), assists (106) and points (326), and remains in the top ten in goals (10th) and points (9th).
Lambert was inducted into the Stonehill Athletic Hall of Fame in just her first year of eligibility in the fall of 2008, becoming the second lacrosse player to enter the Hall of Fame.
Inbar was a member of the UMass Lowell men's basketball team from 2000-2004. The former NCAA Division II Player of the Year, led the River Hawks to a 100-27 record during his four years with the team. During that span, the team won two Northeast-10 regular season and tournament championships in 2003 and 2004. Furthermore, UMass Lowell went to four NCAA tournaments and captured the 2003 and 2004 NCAA Northeast Regional championships advancing to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight.
Inbar finished his four-year career as UMass Lowell's all-time leading scorer with 2,099 points and holds the program record for free throws made (455) and games played (127). He was a two-time All-American and a three-time All-Northeast-10 First Team selection. Inbar was named NE-10 Player of the Year his senior season as well as being named the NCAA Division II National Player of the Year. Inbar was the first Northeast-10 basketball player to ever earn the nation's top honor. He was recently inducted into the UMass Lowell Hall of Fame last month.
Dr. Hagerty served as President at Franklin Pierce University for 14 years from 1995-2009. He led a three-year study into bringing Franklin Pierce into the Northeast-10 Conference in the late 90's. Under Hagerty's leadership, Franklin Pierce established graduate studies, new undergraduate majors, new Division II sports and the Grimshaw-Gudewicz Activity Center. President Hagerty was also responsible for leading the college to full recognition as a university in 2007.
Hagerty served as the head of the Northeast-10 Presidents Council from 2007-2008 and was instrumental in helping the conference in its latest expansion to 16 schools. He also served as the head of the NCAA Division II Presidents' Council from 2005-2006 and was head of the committee which helped institute the initiative "I Chose Division II' which promotes a fun game environment for student-athletes, parents, family, friends, the student population, local communities and the alumni base.
With 16 member institutions the Northeast-10 shares the distinction of being the largest Division II conference in the country along with the PSAC and WVIAC. Its 23 championship sports provide athletic opportunities for over 5,500 student-athletes, the largest such program of any Division II conference.