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Division I Holds Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Three members of the Knights first-ever national champion NCAA women’s bowling team along with six other exceptional athletes and the 1993 men’s cross-country team were inducted into the Division I Hall of Fame on October 21 at the Clinton Inn Hotel and Event Center in Tenafly, N.J.

This year’s inductees were:

• Louis Alberto, BS’63 (Ruth), MA’76 (Metro), MPA’78 (Ruth), men’s basketball — a standout point guard and Most Valuable Player who led the Knights to an NCAA tournament appearance;

• Jack DeRosa, BS’65 (Ruth), baseball — one of the most accomplished pitchers in Knights history who posted a no-hitter and recorded career highs in innings pitched and strikeouts;

• Lisa (Friscioni) Meadows, BS’06, MS’07 (Metro), bowling — one of FDU’s top bowlers of all time who took home the NCAA championship and NCAA Most Valuable Player in 2006 and made the NCAA All-Tournament Team in 2004 and 2006;

• Rebecca Ketcham, BS’07 (Metro), bowling — key member of the 2006 NCAA national championship team, two-time All-American selection, two-time All-Conference honoree and Northeast Conference (NEC) Bowler of the Year;

Among those inducted to the Hall of Fame were, standing, from left: Marcella “Mickey” DeRosa, wife of the late Jack DeRosa, BS’65 (Ruth), baseball; Alex Passucci, AA’90, BS’92 (Metro), men’s soccer; Sharline White-Hernandez, AA’94, BA’96 (Metro), women’s track and field; Rebecca Ketcham, BS’07 (Metro), bowling; Kristina (Szalay) Arocho, BA’06, MAT’08 (Metro), bowling; Lisa (Friscioni) Meadows, BS’06, MS’07 (Metro), bowling; Orce Kozeski, BS’02, MBA’06 (Metro), men’s soccer; Louis Alberto, BS’63 (Ruth), MA’76 (Metro), MPA’78 (Ruth), men’s basketball; and Ephraim Serrette, BS’82 (Metro), men’s track and field. Seated, from left, are members of the 1993 men’s cross-country team: Avi Ma’Ayan, BS’97, MS’01; Vinko (Vinny) Markovina, BS’94; Shane DeGannes, AA’92, BS’95; Patrick Hennigan, BA’96; Urie Ridgeway, BS’94; and Head Coach Mike Shea.

• Orce Kozeski, BS’02, MBA’06 (Metro), men’s soccer — helped the team to three consecutive NEC championships as its starting center midfielder and played a key role on the 2001 team that reached the NCAA Elite Eight and the 2002 squad that advanced to the NCAA second round;

• Alex Passucci, AA’90, BS’92 (Metro), men’s soccer — team captain of the 1990 and 1991 teams who was also a key contributor to the 1988 and 1989 NCAA tournament teams and helped guide the team to six NEC championships and four NEC regular season championships;

• Ephraim Serrette, BS’82 (Metro), men’s track and field — set the indoor program record in the 60-meter dash (6.12 seconds) and outdoor school 100-meter dash (10.20 seconds), which remain unsurpassed, and won the state, metro and IC4A championships;

• Kristina (Szalay) Arocho, BA’06, MAT’08 (Metro), bowling — key member of 2005–2006 bowling team that won FDU’s first NCAA national championship and ranks second in career pinfall; and

• Sharline White-Hernandez, AA’94, BA’96 (Metro), women’s track and field — four-time NCAA qualifier, winner of eight NEC titles from 1993 to 1996 and named Most Outstanding Performer at both the 1996 Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

Members of the 1993 men’s cross-country team (all from the Metropolitan Campus) were also honored. They include Shane DeGannes, AA’92, BS’95; Lance Gittens, BA’98; Patrick Hennigan, BA’96; Avi Ma’Ayan, BS’97, MS’01; Vinko (Vinny) Markovina, BS’94; Moses Mekbeb, AA’93, BS’06; Urie Ridgeway, BS’94; and Head Coach Mike Shea. The team was behind one of the most dominant and impressive single seasons in program history, placing sixth at the 1993 NEC championships, earning a Top 25 national ranking, finishing fifth at the IC4As and winning the Metropolitan championship.

From left are, David Langford, director of athletics, with Robert “Bob” Hurley, Sr., recipient of the Al LoBalbo Award, and Greg Herenda, head men’s basketball coach, who introduced Hurley; Michael LoPresti, head women’s bowling coach, who introduced the bowling recipients; Jennifer Quirk, associate athletic director of compliance/academics, who introduced Orce Kozeski; Seth Roland, head men’s soccer coach, who spoke about men’s soccer; and Robert Vodde, Metropolitan Campus executive, who welcomed the attendees.

This year’s Al LoBalbo Award was presented to Robert “Bob” Hurley, Sr., a member of the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame and head basketball coach at St. Anthony High School in Jersey City from 1972 until 2017. Under his leadership, the team won a record 28 state championships and posted more than 1,000 wins. For more information about Hurley go to “Hall of Fame Coach Hurley Presented with Al LoBalbo Award.”

For more information about this year’s inductees go to “2017 Knights Hall of Fame Class Inducted on Saturday.”