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Home-team welcome

Skidmore’s hall-of-famers may be in a league of their own, but now they have a place of their own as well.

This year’s honorees were inducted at Saratoga’s City Center, but the very next day the construction dust and drop cloths were whisked away from the official Skidmore Hall of Fame, which was duly dedicated in the Sports Center lobby before a large crowd partaking in Celebration Weekend. The dramatic, rounded Hall of Fame gallery was a gift from trustee (and lacrosse fanatic) Lee Peyser ’81 and his wife, Cathy. Capping the event was another Sports Center celebration: the opening of a new training room, made possible by trustee Dale Conron Ahearn ’75 and her family.

This year’s Hall of Famers:

Soccer goalie Lindsay Litchfield ’98 was a two-time All-American, leading her team to NCAA tournament appearances in 1994 and 1996. She holds Skidmore’s career-shutout record, with thirty-seven, and had a 0.65 goals-against average.

In 1996 and 1997 Courtney Phibbs Boyd ’97 was the regional high-point open-division rider and won the national championship in the individual open over-fences class. She also led Skidmore’s equestrians to the national IHSA team championship in 1996.

With a 183-11 record—a .940 winning percentage—the 1995–96 golf team was lauded by Golfweek magazine and the Golf Coaches Association of America. The team hosted and finished second in the NCAA Division III national championships. Under coach Tim Brown, the players were Mike Porter ’96, Tom Gilbert ’97, Matt Major ’97, Bryan Martin ’98, Matt Garry ’98, and David Wronowski ’99.

Brion After ’94 was a four-time All-American, and the Skidmore golf program’s first All-America Scholar, earning the award in 1993 and 1994. After finished among the top three in seventeen tournaments and was the winner seven times.

Mike Cornell ’92, a prolific playmaker and scorer, finished his hockey career with 65 goals and 110 assists, which still ranks third on the college’s all-time scoring list. As a graduate, he helped found the annual Hiller-First Memorial Alumni Hockey Game.

The 1990 equestrian team topped an undefeated season by winning the regional championships and then claiming Skidmore’s first IHSA national team title. Coach Sara Hufstader Strauss led riders Katie Ryan ’93, Jen Rossire ’92, Stacie Fluke ’90, Dawn Gilbert ’91, Jennifer Chang ’92, Natalie LaBouchere ’92, Todd O’Brien ’90, and Jeanne Vagell ’93.

Julie Greene ’58, an avid student sportswoman, became an international name in amateur golf. The longtime college PE teacher and administrator captured Rhode Island’s statewide amateur championship eleven times over four decades—more than any other man or woman in tournament history. She continues to compete in the Canadian, Irish, and British senior golf tours.

Jane Misurelli Kuk joined Skidmore’s PE department right out of college in 1960 and spent the next thirty-five years advancing the athletics programs, helping several develop from club to varsity status. She coached the women’s lacrosse and field hockey teams, and was assistant director of athletics for more than ten years. —MM, SR