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Athletes inducted into Division III Hall of Fame

Individual athlete standouts and the 1996 men’s tennis team were inducted into the Division III Hall of Fame in a ceremony held on October 1 at The Madison Hotel in Morristown, N.J. The honorees received their portraits and renderings of themselves in action. The Contribution to FDU Athletics Award and the Dennis McAdam Scholarships were also presented.

This year’s honorees, all from the Florham Campus, were:

• Kelly James Allen, BS’01, softball — three-time All-Conference selection and part of the 1998 team that won the Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) Freedom regular season championship;

• Laura Gambardello, BA’09, women’s lacrosse — third all-time in FDU women’s lacrosse history with 188 goals and part of the 2008 MAC championship team that qualified for the NCAA for the first time in the program’s history;

• Brian Gonsar, BA’04, men’s soccer and men’s tennis — soccer standout who also chalked up 87 career tennis wins and was named All-Conference in both men’s soccer and men’s tennis;

Individual athletes honored were, from left, Steven Seminerio, BA’12, baseball; Laura Gambardello, BA’09, women’s lacrosse; Kelly James Allen, BS’01, softball; Adam Katz, BS’13, men’s basketball; Danielle Michlovsky, BA’10, women’s basketball; Brian Gonsar, BA’04, men’s soccer and men’s tennis; Brett Lapides, BA’02, men’s lacrosse; and Mike Ortiz, BA’01, football.

• Adam Katz, BS’13, men’s basketball — two-time Most Valuable Player and one of the most prolific three-point scorers in the MAC from 2009–12;

• Brett Lapides, BA’02, men’s lacrosse — named Most Valuable Player in 2001 and second all-time in program history with 257 career points;

• Danielle Michlovsky, BA’10, women’s basketball — four-year letter winner for women’s basketball from 2006 to 2010 and is in the top 10 in numerous career rankings such as scoring, free throws and rebounds;

• Mike Ortiz, BA’01, football — team captain and 1999 FDU Defensive Player of the Year, he was a four-year letter winner from 1996 to 1999 as a linebacker; and

• Steven Seminerio, BA’12, baseball — career leader with 234 hits and 196 runs scored and 2012 Most Valuable Player.

Members of the honored men’s tennis team were: Mark Bochner, BS’99; Jonathan Brand, BS’97; Scott Dille, BS’05; Vincent Flukey, BS’97; Sean Johnson, BS’98; Brent Mannix, BS’98; Amine Sebti, ’96; Kamal Sebti, ’96; and Head Coach Don Fritch. They were part of the first men’s tennis team to win the MAC championship, and the 13 wins they clinched were a program record until it was surpassed by the 2006 team.

Left photo: Roger Kindel, left, interim director of athletics (Flor), with Mark Bochner, center, BS’99, member, 1996 men’s tennis team; and Don Fritch, right, head coach, 1996 men’s tennis team.
Center photo: This year’s Dennis McAdam Memorial Scholarship recipients were Samantha Rubin, second from left, and Kevin Brown, third from left. With them are Maureen McAdam, left, wife of the late Dennis McAdam, BS’72 (Flor); and Paige McAdam, daughter-in-law of McAdam.
Right photo: Okang McBride, BA’96 (Flor), and 2014 Hall of Fame Inductee, received the Contribution to FDU Athletics Award.

Roger Kindel, interim director of athletics, and William Klika, chair of Division III Hall of Fame and retired director of athletics, also spoke at the event.

The Contribution to FDU Athletics Award was presented to Okang McBride, BA’96 (Flor), and 2014 Hall of Fame Inductee.

In addition, Dennis McAdam Memorial Scholarships were presented to Samantha Rubin, a hotel and restaurant management junior and a member of both the field hockey and women’s golf teams; and to Kevin Brown, a sophomore business major and a member of the baseball team.

Scholarship awardees must have a grade point ratio of at least 3.00, be involved in activities outside the classroom and be a student leader. The late McAdam, BS’72 (Flor), a member of the Hall of Fame Class of 2002, played varsity lacrosse for the Devils for four years, was team captain, was voted Most Valuable Player as a freshman and was an All-Metropolitan selection for four years.

The honorees were introduced either by their coaches or by former teammates. Among those who presented the awards were Dante Fedeli, head softball coach; Adrienne Carr, associate athletic director and head women’s lacrosse coach; Scott Veith, head men’s tennis coach; Thomas McLoughlin, head men’s soccer coach; Peter Marion, head men’s basketball coach; Andy Paulus, head baseball coach; Dave Carty, former head men’s lacrosse coach and now head coach, Moravian College; Shealyn Taggert, former basketball player and alumna, BS’13 (Flor); and Julio Reyna-Carrigga, former football player and alumnus, BA’99, MAT’08 (Flor).

Among those who spoke at the event were, from left, Andy Paulus, head baseball coach; William Klika, chair of Division III Hall of Fame and retired director of athletics; Scott Veith, head men’s tennis coach; Peter Marion, head men’s basketball coach; Dante Fedeli, head softball coach; Adrienne Carr, associate athletic director and head women’s lacrosse coach; and Thomas McLoughlin, head men’s soccer coach.

For more information about the inductees and to read about the induction ceremony go to “2017 Hall of Fame Class Inducted.”