Utica, N.Y. (3/31/2014) – Utica College is set to host the seventh annual Pioneer Hall of Fame & Senior Student-Athlete Recognition ceremony, sponsored by Anaconda Sports and Adirondack Bank, on campus in the Harold T. Clark Athletic Center Gymnasium on Wednesday, May 14 at 5:30 p.m.
The 2014 induction class includes a Pioneer who set the standard for women’s lacrosse at Utica College: Kristy (Patchett) Fischmann ’03 and a three-sport athlete who stood out as the top goalie in the history of the women’s soccer program: Ashley Kaufman ’09. UC will also induct arguably the most talented baseball team in school history, the 1987 Division I Baseball Team, which posted a school-record 25 victories.
Those interested in attending can register online at www.utica.edu/hof or call 315.792.3053.
The Pioneer Hall of Fame was established in 2008 to celebrate the dedicated student-athletes, coaches, administrators, and benefactors whose extraordinary achievements express the values of Utica College in the spirit of competition within a lifelong learning environment.
All told, she was a three-time Empire 8 Women’s Lacrosse All-Conference selection. In 2003 she was a First Team All-Conference pick and she guided the Pioneers to the New York State Women’s Collegiate Athletic Association (NYSWCAA) Lacrosse Championships. As a senior she finished the year ranked third in the Empire 8 in goals per game (2.79).
Fischmann ranks second on the College’s all-time scoring list with 167 career points on 150 goals and 17 assists. She is one of two players in school-history to score more than 150 career goals. Her average of 4.07 points per game also ranks second all-time at UC. She is the College’s all-time leader with an average of 3.66 goals per game. Her 208 career shots ranks second all-time and she ranks fourth on the College’s all-time list with 112 career draw controls. Her 69 points (63 goals, six assists) in 2002 still ranks second all-time at UC.
She helped guide the Pioneers to 17 victories in three seasons under the guidance of Head Coach Azure Davie (2001-2002) and Jessica Critchlow (2003).
As a sophomore in 2002 she was named an Empire 8 All-Conference second teamer and a NYSWCAA third team selection. In her freshman campaign (2001) she was an Empire 8 Player of the Week and ECAC Player of the Week selection on her way to earning Empire 8 All-Conference second team honors.
She was an Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Division III Academic Honor Roll selection after earning a 3.97 overall GPA in the Spring of 2003. She was a Dean’s List student all three years at Utica and earned a prestigious internship with Interpol in Lyon, France after her junior season.
Ashley Kaufman was a two-time Empire 8 Women’s Soccer All-Conference First Team selection. Following her senior campaign she was named the College’s Dick Miller Award winner as the most outstanding female student-athlete.
In four seasons the three-sport athlete posted a school-record 18 shut outs on the pitch and compiled a 31-23-3 overall record for the women’s soccer team. She holds the school-record with 296 saves and she posted an incredible 1.01 career goals against average. She led the Pioneers to two straight Empire 8 Conference Tournament appearances (2006 & 2007), including a conference championship game appearance in 2006. In 2006 she helped the Pioneers earn a second place finish in the ECAC Upstate Championships. She helped Utica to double-digit victories in two straight seasons (2005 & 2006).
She posted exactly 100 saves and tallied two shut outs in net for the Pioneers in 2007. As a junior she was also named to the NYSWCAA All-State Team. She was an Empire 8 Women’s Soccer All-Conference honorable mention in her sophomore campaign.
In four seasons on the women’s hockey team (2004-2008) she played in 91 games and totaled 35 points from the defensive end. In her four years the UC women’s hockey team won 67 games, including three-straight 18 win seasons in her sophomore, junior and senior seasons. She helped guide the Pioneers to four consecutive ECAC Women’s West Conference Tournament appearances, including an appearance in the program’s only ECAC Women’s West Conference Championship game in 2005-06.
In one season with the UC softball team she played in 32 games, batted a team-best .394, drove in 25 runs, scored 24 runs, and stole a team-best eight bases. Her 11 doubles were tops on the team and rank second on the College’s single season list. Midway through the season she posted a 15 game hitting-streak and she registered 13 multi-hit contests. She led the team in both hits (43) and at-bats (109). She helped guide the Pioneers to 15 victories and an appearance in the Empire 8 Conference Softball Tournament. For her efforts she was named an Empire 8 All-Conference Honorable Mention.
The 1987 Utica College baseball team won a school-record 18 consecutive games and its second ECAC Upstate Conference Championship in three years. UC finished the season with a school-record 25-7 overall ledger and advanced to the ECAC Regional Tournament in New Britain, Connecticut.
The Pioneers were a national offensive powerhouse, posting a .351 team batting average while scoring 8.9 runs per game. As a team, Utica was 344-for-979 at the plate and finished the year ranked eighth in the country in batting, behind the likes of Brigham Young, Seton Hall, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. The impressive 8.9 runs per game ranked 13th in the Division I national field. Utica posted 284 runs and 259 RBIs in 32 games while recording a .528 slugging percentage and an on base percentage of .414. The team registered 108 extra base hits on 67 doubles, 17 triples and 24 home runs.
UC placed five players on the ECAC Division I Upstate New York Baseball All-Star Team including current Pioneer Hall of Famer Steve LaVallee, who was the designated hitter and pitcher, senior outfielder Karl Brenon, senior third baseman Tim Williams, junior shortstop Dave Tedesco and freshman pitcher John Martello.
Utica had the conference pitcher-of-the-week for the final four weeks of the season leading into the ECAC Tournament. Pitcher Mike Zmudosky was 5-1 with three saves and a 3.68 ERA while freshman John Martello was 3-1 with a 3.03 ERA.
LaVallee ranked 19th among the nation’s individual batting leaders with a.426 batting average (43-for-101) just behind current Major League Manager and two-time MLB all-star Robin Ventura, who was ranked 15th at Oklahoma State. Teammate Jeff Langley was 21st nationally with a .424 (36-of-85) mark at the dish, while shortstop Dave Tedesco ranked 5th in stolen bases, averaging 1.01 per game on 32-of-38 (31 games).
Jim Spartano – Head Coach
Don Guido – Assistant Coach
Doc Gazzilli – Trainer
Team Roster (Alphabetical)
Mickey Acquaviva (Utica, NY), Brian Bouyea, Karl Brenon (Utica, NY), Chris Cafalone (Oswego, NY), Shawn Fox (Blossvale, NY), Tim Gajewski (Schenectady, NY), Ken Gau (Utica, NY), John Kenealy (Utica, NY), Kevin Kuhlow, Jeff Langley (Holland Patent, NY), Steve LaVallee (Troy, NY), Mark MacNeil (Schenectady, NY), John Martello (Utica, NY), Frank Nanna (Utica, NY), Rod Nellenbach (Ava, NY), Marc O’Brien (Fredonia, NY), Steve Parrish (Plattsburgh, NY), Mike Schebel (Amsterdam, NY), Jeff Sergott (Marcy, NY), Dave Tedesco (Schenectady, NY), Mark Weller (New York Mills, NY), Chris Whalen (New Windsor, NY), Tim Williams (Chadwicks, NY), Rob Wuest (Utica, NY), Ron Zabko (Utica, NY), Lou Zammiello (Utica, NY), Mike Zmudosky (Rome, NY).