February 24, 2014

Hall of Fame induction draws large crowd

North Adams, MA- The MCLA Athletics department inducted six individuals into the Hall of Fame in a well attended ceremony over the weekend, held at the Bounti Fare restaurant.  The event drew 144 guests as MCLA welcomed the class of 2014 in to the Hall of Fame.

New members of the Hall of Fame include:

Ron Shewcraft, retired Men's Soccer Coach

Nick Cote '03- Ice Hockey

Kristin (Parzych) Hildabrand '00- Softball

Jen (Maloney) Roosa '96- Women's Soccer

Mike Mason 1977-1979- Men's Soccer

Bob Delaney '76- Baseball and Soccer

The special event was hosted by Dan Bosley '76 and also included the inaugural Athletic Director leadership award, given to Jeff Higgins. 

To view each of the inductees acceptance speech, click on their respective names above.

To view the all members of the hall of fame, click here

Shewcraft led the Men's Soccer program for 29 seasons as head coach, while serving as an assistant during his first year in North Adams.  He led the program to their first and only final four appearance in 1978, his first year at the helm.  Shewcraft amassed a 292-184-46 career record that included 16 postseason appearances.  He led his troops to five MASCAC championships during his career.  Back in 2007, MCLA honored his legacy by naming the state of the art turf field after Shewcraft.

Delaney was a standout player for former coach Joe Zavattaro during his four year career.  Delaney was instrumental in as a middle of the order hitter.  Delaney was a two time All League performer and was tabbed as the baseball MVP in 1975.  He led the team in home runs and RBI's during his senior season.  He finished his career with ten home runs and 67 RBI.  Delaney was also a member of the men's soccer program, earning MVP honors in 1973 and captaining the team in 1974.

Kristin (Paryzch) Hildabrand had a remarkable career in North Adams.  She was a two time All New England selection during her final two seasons, while earning All MASCAC honors all four years.  She is still the program record holder for RBI's and SB's, while ranking in the top four of career hits, home runs, and batting average.  She was also a two year captain for MCLA. 

Jennifer (Maloney) Roosa had a stellar career on the pitch in North Adams.  The three year standout amassed 41 goals in her career and led her team to the regular season championship in 1994.  She held the school record for points in a career up until 2009, and was a two time All New England selection during her first two seasons.  A two time MVP, she also led the MASCAC in scoring as a junior.

Nick Cote had a remarkable three year run for the Ice Hockey program.  The forward totaled 73 goals and 31 assists during his time in North Adams, and led the squad to the ECAC championship game during the 2001-02 season.   He led all of Division III in goals following the 2003 season and was a two time All ECAC first team selection.  Cote was tabbed the MASCAC player of the year during his final two seasons.

Mike Mason was an integral part of three straight NCAA tournament teams while in school.  He was a part of the 1978 team that advance to the National Semi-Finals, while his 1979 squad won the MASCAC championship.  He was an All New England selection for his performance during the '78 campaign.  During his final season in '79, Mason produced solid numbers of seven goals and six assists under head coach Ron Shewcraft. 

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