“Beaconville” Celebrates Class of 2016 Hall of Fame Inductees

Colleen Locke | October 14, 2016
Inductees Arthur Murphy, Kate White-Connors, and Stephen DeAngelis with VC Charlie Titus and Chancellor J. Keith Motley

Inductees Arthur Murphy, Kate White-Connors, and Stephen DeAngelis with VC Charlie Titus and Chancellor J. Keith Motley
Image by: Dave Walberg

14th Annual Athletics Hall of Fame Induction Celebration Held October 13

Beacons Athletics inducted five of its most distinguished alumni – and the entire championship 2010 baseball team – into the UMass Boston Athletics Hall of Fame at a celebration Thursday night. The Class of 2016 feature standout stars from UMass Boston and Boston State College in ice hockey, lacrosse, baseball, and volleyball.

“Beacons Athletics is on the move but it has a legacy with all of you,” Chancellor J. Keith Motley told the Hall of Fame class. “Every time our student athletes pass your name in the Clark Athletic Center, they will see that they belong to a long tradition. You have defined our athletic excellence, but you also define our academic excellence, and our excellence in life.”

The honorees are:

Stephen DeAngelis '71
Men’s Ice Hockey

One of the top-five scoring defensemen in Boston State College program history

“I want to thank everybody here. It’s been a very special night for me. I’m flattered and humbled, and I want to thank you,” he said when accepting the honor.

Arthur Murphy ‘78
Lacrosse

1978 Colonial League First Team All-Star

“At Boston State, we had a great tradition of winning. Everyone knew who we were when we hit the field,” Murphy said of his time at Boston State.

Adam Waxman ‘04
Baseball

A .355 lifetime hitter, among the top-10 in career batting average

Waxman, home with his wife and new second daughter, wasn’t able to attend the induction ceremony, but said baseball was instrumental in his life. Head Coach Brendan Eygabroat read these words on Waxman’s behalf: “Without baseball I never would have pursued a higher education. My teammates are still some of my best friends to this day.”

Kate White-Connors ‘09
Volleyball

First player to record more than 1,000 kills in a career at UMass Boston

 “One thing I learned from a growing program was that losing does not mean failure. We learn from our experiences and we get back out there,” White-Connors said on being a part of a program that won its first ever Little East Conference her senior year.

Ryan Donovan ‘10
Men’s Ice Hockey

Program leader in career games played (90) and career minutes played (5,030)

Donovan was inducted posthumously. Head Coach Peter Belisle read these remarks from Donovan’s mother, Deb Donovan: “Passion was not just a word to Ryan but life defining. Ryan’s message would be simple today – pursue your dreams with a passion and make a mark on others. There can be nothing more important in life.”

2010 UMass Boston Baseball Team

2010 UMass Boston Baseball Team

The 2010 Men’s Baseball Team put together an unprecedented run to their first-ever Little East Conference Tournament and NCAA Regional Tournament championships, setting 16 program records. The Beacons notched a school-record 32 wins that season and ended the year ranked No. 12 in the country.

The team posed with the original “Beaconville” banner the players’ moms had carried from city to city during the season.

 “Thank you all for seeing in the potential in us and believing in what we were capable of doing,” team member Michael Andriano said.

Earlier in the evening, UMass Boston staff member Kahrim Wade was surprised with the Shining Beacon Award for his consistent attendance and support at athletics events, and Dimension Therapeutics Chief Business Officer Mary Thistle ‘83 received the Distinguished Alumnus Award for her contributions to the life sciences industry. 

“I got an unbelievable opportunity to be taught by professors who really cared and who found a way for us all to get through a very challenging time. I will tell you UMass Boston transformed my life,” Thistle said.

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Posted by Jim Collins | October 22, 2016 - 8:21 a.m.

It was an inspiring night. The Hall of Fame program has an impact on recruiting student athletes. It’s not just a recognition of past tradition, it’s part of the foundation of UMass Boston’s future growth. The continued success of UMass Boston is in our collective best interests. Be involved if you can.