February 15, 2013

Holy Cross Varsity Club Announces 2013 Class In Athletic Hall Of Fame

WORCESTER, Mass. – The Holy Cross Varsity Club has announced the 2013 selections for induction into the Holy Cross Athletic Hall of Fame. The 2013 inductees into the Hall of Fame are Bob Credle (Class of 1965, cross country, track and field), Kevin Hamilton (Class of 2006, basketball), Annie Lavigne (Class of 2001, field hockey), Tyler McGregor (Class of 2006, ice hockey), Jack Whalen (Class of 1962, football, lacrosse) and the 2002 Women’s Varsity Eight (rowing).

Credle was a middle distance and cross country runner for Holy Cross from 1961-1965. While serving as a team co-captain during his senior year, he won the New England outdoor championship in the 440-yard run with a time of 48.5 seconds. Credle was also the New England outdoor champion in the 880-yard run as a junior with a time of 1:52.8 seconds. A key part of Crusader teams which captured the New England title in both his junior and senior years, he also placed third  in the 600-yard run at the NCAA indoor championship in 1964 with a time of 1:10.8. With that mark, Credle broke the school record in the 600-yard run, which would stand for eight years.

Hamilton was a standout guard on the Holy Cross men’s basketball team from 2002-2006. He led the Crusaders to two Patriot League regular season titles (2003 and 2005) and one Patriot League Tournament title (2003) during his four years. Hamilton’s teams also appeared in the NCAA Tournament (2003) and the National Invitation Tournament (2005), while posting an overall record of 84-39 during his four years on the team. He set the all-time Patriot League and Holy Cross records with 292 career steals, broke the school career records for three-pointers made (222) and three-pointers attempted (640), and scored 1,492 career points. During his career, Hamilton was named the Patriot League Player of the Year (2005), the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year (2006) and was an honorable mention All-America selection by the Associated Press (2005). Following his graduation from Holy Cross, he played professional basketball in Puerto Rico, Poland, France and Germany.

Lavigne was a four-year starter and defensive stalwart on the Crusader field hockey team from 1997-2000. She led Holy Cross to three Patriot League Tournament titles and two Patriot League regular season championships, with the team posting an overall record of 49-33 during her four years. Lavigne served as team captain during her senior season, when she was also named the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year and the Patriot League Tournament most valuable player. A three-time All-Patriot League and two-time All-New England selection, she ranked third all-time at Holy Cross in career interceptions (520) and seventh in career points scored (57) at the time of her graduation. Lavigne also received the 2001 Honorable John P. Cooney Memorial Award from the Varsity Club.

McGregor was a standout member of the Holy Cross men’s ice hockey team from 2002-2006. He led the Crusaders to two Atlantic Hockey Association championships and the first two NCAA Tournament appearances in school history, while scoring the game-winning goal in overtime to defeat Minnesota 4-3 in the 2006 NCAA West Regional. As a team captain during his senior season, McGregor was named the Atlantic Hockey Player of the Year and received third team All-America honors. A two-time first team All-Atlantic Hockey selection, he led the team in goals scored during both his junior (21) and senior (26) years. McGregor totaled 137 points over the course of his collegiate career on 70 goals and 67 assists, and was selected as the 2005-2006 Crusader of the Year. Following his graduation, he played professionally in the American Hockey League and the Central Hockey League.

Whalen was a standout member of the Holy Cross football and men’s lacrosse teams in the early 1950s and late 1960s. A three-year starter as a two-way tackle on the gridiron, Whalen helped the Crusaders to an overall record of 19-11 from 1959-1961. A team captain during his senior season, he played a key role in Holy Cross’ 38-26 victory over Boston College in the final game of his collegiate career. Whalen also served as a captain of the lacrosse team as a senior, when he was named honorable mention All-New England. Following his graduation he spent many years in the United States Marine Corps, retiring with the rank of colonel.

The 2002 Varsity Eight had one of the most successful seasons in the history of women’s rowing at Holy Cross. After winning the Textile River Regatta and the New Hampshire Championship Regatta in the fall portion of its schedule, the boat posted an undefeated regular season in the spring. The Crusaders then went on to capture first place at the Patriot Regatta and third place at the New England Championship, before earning a first place finish out of 24 schools at the ECAC National Invitational Regatta. The boat was comprised of Lizzie McCawley, Rebecca Smith, Marie Golden, Maura Droney, Cathy Eberl, Dana Betts, Angela Archambault, Melissa Irving, Bridget Biggins and Madeline Chiampou.

These new honorees will be formally inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, May 4, at the Varsity Club’s annual dinner, to be held in the Hogan Campus Center.