UMass Boston to Induct 2016 Hall of Fame Class on Thursday

Colleen Locke | October 12, 2016
Ryan Donovan '10 is being inducted into the Hall of Fame posthumously.

Ryan Donovan '10 is being inducted into the Hall of Fame posthumously.

Five Individuals, Little East Conference-Winning Baseball Team to Join Hall

Some new names will be added to the Athletics Hall of Fame display in the Clark Athletic Center. UMass Boston will induct the Class of 2016 on Thursday, October 13 at 6 p.m. in the Campus Center Ballroom during the 14th Annual UMass Boston Athletics Hall of Fame Induction Celebration.

Both UMass Boston and Boston State College alumni will be honored. The Class of 2016 inductees are:

  • Stephen DeAngelis '71 (Boston State College) – men’s ice hockey
  • Arthur Murphy '78 (Boston State College) – lacrosse
  • Adam Waxman '04 – baseball
  • Kate White-Connors '09 – volleyball
  • Ryan Donovan '10 – men’s ice hockey (posthumous)
  • 2010 UMass Boston Baseball Team 

Stephen DeAngelis '71 ended his career as one of the top-five scoring defensemen in Boston State College program history. He helped lead the Warriors to a pair of Codfish Bowl championships in 1968 and 1969.

A 1978 Colonial League First Team All-Star, lacrosse player Arthur Murphy ‘78 was selected to the All-New England East/West All-Star Game in that same season. The Warrior was also the first midfielder and second player in program history to be named to the prestigious North/South National All-Star game in his senior season.

As a .355 lifetime hitter, Adam Waxman ’04 is among the top-10 in career batting average. He was one of the driving forces in the baseball team’s success in the early 2000s.

Kate White-Connors ‘09 helped build the foundation that has made the Beacons a prominent name in Division III volleyball. The first player to record more than 1,000 kills in a career at UMass Boston, White was the 2006 Little East Conference Rookie of the Year and First Team All-Conference selection.

“I loved my time at UMass Boston,” White-Connors told UMass Boston Today. I remember my first meeting with Head Coach Terry Condon. I Googled her a lot. She had such a history of turning teams into powerhouses, so when I had my first sit-down with her in the summer of 2006, she said she was rebuilding a team and they would win their conference within 5 years. How do you turn that down?”

Condon was true to her word and White-Connors played a big role in the program’s first Little East Conference Tournament championship. In 2009, the team made their first trip to the NCAA Regional Tournament.

In 2009, Ryan Donovan ’10 became the first goaltender to lead the Beacons to a conference championship game since the program’s first LEC title in 1982. The program leader in career games played (90), and career minutes played (5,030), Donovan was a 2007 and 2008 New England Hockey Writers Association All-New England Team selection.

Donovan passed away in 2015. Last season, when the men’s hockey team won their second conference title and a trip to the Frozen Four, the team wore a sticker with Donovan’s initials on their helmets.  Head Coach Peter Belisle says that when he was hired in 2005 to lead a team that hadn’t won in two years, he knew he had to find two things: a good assistant coach and a good goaltender.

“Ryan was the most instrumental player in my early tenure here as a coach to get this program to where it is,” Belisle said. “I believe in things meant to be and I certainly think Ryan was looking over us because we had a magical season. It was pretty amazing how everything came full circle.”

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.

Tickets for Thursday’s induction and dinner are $85. Get tickets here.

Established in 2003, the Hall of Fame recognizes and honors outstanding UMass Boston/Boston State College student-athletes, coaches, administrators, and friends of the athletics program for their accomplishments and contributions to the Department of Athletics. The names and honors of the inductees are permanently displayed in the Clark Athletic Center.

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Posted by duncan nelson | October 13, 2016 - 12:03 p.m.

Great precis of a great event which I again look forward to celebrate with an ode, as I have done with delight 12 of the 14 years since its inception. Go Beacons! Go Green and Gold!