2009 UMass Dartmouth Corsair Hall of Fame

 

Joseph Hummel (SMU '77) played soccer from 1973-76 as a four-year starter at fullback on a team which posted a 49-10-6 record. Hummel was a Colonial Conference all-star three times, his teams won four league championships and he played in two NAIA post-season tournaments. His senior team was the first SMU men's soccer squad to qualify for the NCAA Tournament.   That season, Hummel was team captain for the 12-2 conference champion Corsairs who did not allow a goal against during regular season play and won 12 straight game as part of a 35-game unbeaten streak at home. Hummel was a Colonial Conference All-League fullback and Honorable Mention for the Soccer Coaches Association of NE Soccer team following his senior year. In previous seasons, Hummel had been a co-captain on an 11-3 team as a junior and the year before, his Corsairs captured the NAIA District 32 Southern New England Championship, advancing to the New England title game .  As a freshman, he was part of a 15-2-1 team which played in the NAIA Tournament after earning All-Conference honors in his first season.

 

Len Brophy (SMU '78) played basketball for then-Southeastern Massachusetts University for only two seasons, but his connections to the Corsair Athletic Department have continued long since his playing days were over.  A long-time supporter of the men's basketball program, Brophy is an unabashed supporter of the entire UMass Dartmouth Athletic Department and the Corsair Hall of Fame, offering his support to Athletic Directors and coaches past and present.  Brophy was honored by the Athletic Department with the 1999 John Frye Athletic Service Award. Upon receiving the award it was written about Brophy, "He is a true friend to the entire Department of Athletics and UMass Dartmouth.  It is because of this loyalty, friendship and support that he was nominated for and will receive this year's award."  That dedication and support to UMass Dartmouth's student-athletes has never wavered throughout his more than 30-year affiliation with the department and has resulted in his induction into the Corsair Hall of Fame's Friend Category.

 

When Bob Cosgrove (SMU '82) crossed the finish line at the 1982 NCAA Division III National Cross Country Championship race in 16th place he did more than earn Division III All-America honors. He also earned a spot in the then-Southeastern Massachusetts University record book with the second highest individual finish at that time in history. Cosgrove's finish helped Coach Bob Dowd's Corsairs to a 15th place finish at the NCAA championships that year, one of the top performances in the history of SMU's storied cross country program.   The All-America performance at Nationals in 1982 capped an outstanding career for Cosgrove in both cross country and track and field.  He competed all four seasons in both sports, earning numerous All-New England, All-East and All-New England Division III honors. His best individual performance in track and field was an 11th place finish in the 5000 meters at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

 

In four seasons with the UMass Dartmouth men's basketball team Nick Cecilio's (UMD '02) teams appeared in two NCAA Tournaments and a New England ECAC Tournament, while also leaving his own mark in the Corsair record books. Cecilio finished his career as the 12th-leading scorer in program history (1,561 points), and is third in all-time career rebounds with 843. During his senior season of 2000-01, he averaged 16.6 points and 9.62 rebounds per game on a 25-3 Corsair team which qualified for the NCAA Tournament and reached the Sweet 16 round.  Cecilio was an All-Little East Conference selection and a Third Team ECAC All-Star, in addition to earning MVP honors at the Hampton Inn Classic and making the All-Tournament team at the Springfield College Naismith Classic that season.  Cecilio was the Little East Conference co-Rookie of the Year following the 1997-98 season. During Cecilio's four-year career, his Corsair teams posted a won-loss record of 77-32, capturing three regular season LEC titles and a pair of LEC Tournament championships as well.

 

Amy Stucchi (UMass Dartmouth '04) was a four-year swimmer at UMass Dartmouth who left her mark on the record books in the Tripp Center pool. In addition to her talents in the swimming pool, she was an outstanding student as well.  Following her senior season, she was named UMass Dartmouth's 2004 ECAC Scholar Athlete of the Year. Stucchi was an eight-time Little East Conference swimming champion in only three years of championship events along with being a six-time New England Division II/III Champion. She twice qualified for the ECAC Open Championships with her best finish a 14th place in the 200 Fly in 2004 and qualified for the 2003-04 NCAA Championships in the same event. By the time she swam in her last race for Coach Cathy Motta's Corsairs, Stucchi had set three school records (200 yd Butterfly, 200 yd IM and 400 yd IM) along with the LEC Championship Meet record in the 200 yd Butterfly which was set in 2001 and still stands today.

 

The 2002 football team at UMass Dartmouth will long be remembered as having had finest season in the history of the program. The Corsairs posted several firsts - an undefeated 11-0 regular season, an outright New England Football Conference championship and their first invitation to the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament. UMass Dartmouth (11-1 overall) cruised to the NEFC Bogan Division title, clinching a spot in the NEFC Championship game against Westfield State College. The Corsair defense rose to the occasion, blanking the Owls, 16-0, to take home the league title.  Despite a 56-6 season-ending loss to Muhlenberg College in the NCAA Tournament, the Corsairs 2002 season was a tremendous success.  UMass Dartmouth was the top-ranked team in the final New England Division III football poll for 2002. Head Coach Bill Kavanaugh led the post-season award winners, earning Coach of the Year honors from the NEFC, the Boston Gridiron Club and the New England Football Writers. Eight UMass Dartmouth players were either First or Second team All-NEFC selections at the end of the season.