UMass Dartmouth Corsair Hall of Fame Class of 2000

 

Amos DaLuz (SMU '84) saved his best four javelin throws of his career for national championships with one of them earning him third place and All-America status at the 1984 NCAA Championships held at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. A four-year letter winner for Coach Bob Dowd's SMU track and field team, DaLuz was SMU's first track athlete to earn All-America honors in the javelin. His career-best throw of 225' 2" at the 1984 national championship meet broke his own school record by 10' 10". During his career, DaLuz was named All-Eastern three times, New England Division III twice and All- New England (all divisions) once. He also qualified and competed in the NCAA Division III National Championship meet in 1982.

A four-year letter winner in women's tennis, Sue Lafleur (SMU '87) teamed with another UMass Dartmouth Hall of Famer, Jane Sullivan, to capture the 1986 New England Women's College Championship at #1 doubles, becoming the first individual or team from SMU to earn a New England title. Doubles partners throughout their four years at SMU, Lafleur and Sullivan were also the MAIAW #1 doubles champions in 1984, and were the New England runners-up in 1984. Lafleur was an accomplished singles player as well, capturing the MAIAW #2 singles championship in 1986 after finishing second in 1985. Her career record at #2 singles was 35-10 and 27-4 at #1 doubles, including undefeated records during her junior and senior seasons.

Rachel Barbarossa (UMass Dartmouth '95) holds the distinction of being the first women's soccer player from UMass Dartmouth to earn NCAA Division III All-America honors. A four-year letter winner for Coach Ray Cabral's Corsairs, Barbarossa earned Second Team honors on the 1994 National Soccer Coaches Association of America/Umbro All-America Soccer Team after her senior year. A team captain and two-time Little East Conference All-Star, Barbarossa posted a 12-4 record in goal with 11 shutouts and a 0.51 goals against average as the Corsairs qualified for their third straight NCAA Tournament appearance. In her four years with the Corsairs' women's soccer team, UMass Dartmouth made three NCAA Tournament appearances and one ECAC Tournament appearance. When the soccer season was over, Barbarossa remained active as a letter winner for the UMass Dartmouth women's basketball team as well.

Ray Cabral is the father of UMass Dartmouth women's soccer. Cabral was the team's first coach as a club team in 1988 then led the team on its rapid rise to national prominence for seven varsity seasons before stepping down after the 1995 season. In seven years, Cabral's teams qualified for six post-season tournaments and compiled a 92-31-8 overall record. Cabral was Little East Conference Coach of the Year for four consecutive seasons from 1990 through 1994. Cabral led his 1992 Corsairs on a historic run through the NCAA Division III women's soccer tournament, resulting in a national runner-up award. After clinching NCAA Division III Northeast and Regional championships and advancing to the national championship game, only a 1-0 loss to Cortland State stopped the Corsairs from a national title. The following season, UMass Dartmouth captured its first LEC co-championship and advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament. Cabral's Corsairs qualified for three straight NCAA tournaments and also qualified for the ECAC New England Division III tournament three times.

The 1986-87 Southeastern Massachusetts University men's basketball team posted a school-record 27-1 mark, which included 27 consecutive victories before a season-ending loss in the NCAA Division III tournament. Coach Brian Baptiste's Corsairs finished the regular season with a perfect 24-0 record and a Little East Conference regular season and post season championship. The Corsairs were a star-studded squad led by LEC and ECAC Player of the Year Kevin Kolek and LEC All-Stars Tim Dupree and Paul Hart. Dupree also captured LEC Tournament MVP honors, while Kolek and Hart were named to the All-Tournament Team. Hart and Dupree were First Team Northeast Regional All-Stars. Hart also earned Honorable Mention All-America recognition from the Associated Press and First Team All-New England Region, while Kolek was a Second Team All-New England selection. The 1986-87 team holds 7 school records, including best record, games won in a season, fewest losses, best winning percentage (.964), consecutive wins, consecutive home wins (22), consecutive road wins (16) and consecutive regular season wins (47). At season's end, the National Association of Basketball Coaches named Baptiste Kodak Northeast District Coach of the Year in Division III. The 1986-87 team was captained by Bill Butts and Cliff Lander and included Hart, Kolek, Dupree, Juan Cartledge, Tim Fernandes, Todd Gibbons, Brian Magnett, William McDonald, Ken Pratt and Charles Walker, along with assistant coaches Mark Ottavianelli and Duarte Silva.