NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – Merrimack College officially inducted the newest members of the Merrimack Athletics Hall of Fame, as six former student-athletes, one team and a distinguished honoree were enshrined as the Class of 2018 on Friday night on campus.
Friday’s induction enshrined six former student-athletes and a national championship-winning team, all of whom brought distinction, honor and excellence to the College, as well as one additional individual whose merit, special contributions and leadership have helped advance the College and its athletic program, comprised the Hall of Fame Class of 2018.
Altogether, six different sports are represented among that group, including the first-ever selections in the history of the field hockey and women’s lacrosse programs.
Merrimack College President Dr. Christopher E. Hopey and Director of Athletics Jeremy Gibson delivered remarks throughout the event before each new inductee had the opportunity to speak. Additionally, a number of former Hall of Fame inductees – which now boasts nearly 60 total selections dating back four decades – were recognized, as well. The event culminated with each new inductee receiving a commemorative framed photo.
The event coincided with the College’s annual Homecoming Weekend, which started with the athletic department’s first-ever quadruple-header earlier in the day with women’s ice hockey, men’s soccer, field hockey and women’s volleyball all playing on campus leading up to the induction ceremony. Homecoming Weekend continues Saturday with the annual football game against AIC at 1 p.m., as well as women’s volleyball (1 p.m.), women’s soccer (6 p.m.) and men’s ice hockey (7 p.m.).
Merrimack College Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2018 Inductees
Amanda (Baldwin) Mayock ’01 | Women’s Lacrosse
Two-time All-American (2000, 2001) in women’s lacrosse, the first in the history of the program. Mayock was also the NE10 Offensive Player of the Year in 2000 and the NE10 Defensive Player of the Year in 2001. She led her team as a three-year captain and was the cornerstone of the women’s lacrosse program during its early years. She provided a scoring touch with 57 points over her final two seasons, but also was a force in the middle of the field with 60 ground balls as a senior (4.00/game), 57 draw controls (3.80/game), and 81 caused turnovers (5.40/game) during her stellar senior season. She helped the team record double-digit wins as part of a 10-5 season (6-1 NE10) during her senior year, their best season up until that point.
Nancy (Daly) Dwyer ’94 | Women’s Soccer
Two-time All-American (1992, 1993), Daly was a dominant player on a team that won two NE10 regular season titles. She was named the 1993 NE10 Player of the Year and was a three-time NE10 All-Conference, All-New England and NSCAA All-Region selection. She owns two of the top-10 single season scoring records, ranks third in career goals (45), second in career assists (43) and third in career points (133). She is one of nine players ever to total both 10 goals and 10 assists in a season (three times) and is one of only two players with over 40 goals and 40 assists.
April Daugherty ’13 | Field Hockey
Three-time All-American (2009, 2011, 2012), 2011 NE10 Player of the Year, 2009 NE10 Rookie of the Year, and a three-time NE10 All-Conference First Team selection. Daugherty, a two-time captain, helped the team reach national prominence during her four-year run including the program’s only two NE10 regular season titles (2011, 2012). She is Merrimack’s all-time leader in points (159), goals (61), assists (37) and ranks among the top-10 in NE10 history in all three categories. Daugherty is Merrimack’s all-time leader in career points per game (2.08) and is one of only twelve players ever to average at least 2.00 points per game for a career. She graduated ranked seventh in NCAA History w/ 0.49 assists per game & 17th w/ 0.79 goals per game.
Jim Hrivnak ’89 | Men’s Ice Hockey (Originally inducted in 2017)
Two-time All-American (1987, 1988) and four-year member of the men’s ice hockey team in the late-1980s, an era in which the program was playing as a Division I Independent. Hrivnak, who was twice named the Team MVP and was its Rookie of the Year, helped the team capture a pair of ECAC championship titles and backstopped the team to an appearance in the NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals in 1988. He is the school record holder in shutouts in a single season (4) and shutouts in a career (11); his .921 save percentage in the 1987-88 season ranks seventh all-time among single-season performances, and his career 2.38 goals against average also ranks seventh for the program. Hrivnak was the ECAC East League MVP in 1987, ECAC Rookie of the Year in 1985, as well as a two-time league all-star and finals MVP. He was drafted by the Washington Capitals in the third round (61st overall) of the 1986 NHL Draft, the highest draft selection in program history; he played for the Capitals, Winnipeg Jets and St. Louis Blues over the course of his career.
Corey Lunney ’13 | Men’s Lacrosse
Two-time All-American (2012, 2013), USILA National Player of the Year (2013), NEILA New England Player of the Year in three straight seasons and a four-time NEILA All-New England and NE10 All-Conference selection. Lunney was also named the 2013 USILA Attackman of the Year, as well as the NE10 Player of the Year as a senior. He was also the NEILA and NE10 Rookie of the Year as a freshman in 2010. Lunney played an integral part in helping the Warriors capture the NE10 tournament title in 2010 and NE10 regular season title in 2013. He graduated ranked second in career goals (175), points (229), and sixth in career assists (54) while leading the league with 45 goals as a senior.
Judy O’Connell ’95 | Softball
Three-time All-American and three-time CoSIDA Academic All-American (1993, 1994, 1995), one of only two in program history. O’Connell was a key player on the 1994 National Championship Softball team, leading the team with a .482 batting average, 35 runs scored, 54 hits, 10 HR, 54 RBIs and only nine strikeouts. She ranks third in single-season batting average (.482), second in single-season RBI’s (54); seventh in career batting average (.398) and fourth in career home runs (28) and RBIs (148). A cum laude graduate, she was part of four straight NE10 regular season and tournament teams as part of the mid-1990’s softball dynasty, helping the Warriors win both titles every season while qualifying for three straight NCAA Tournaments and reaching the Division II College World Series in back-to-back years (1994, 1995). O’Connell served as team captain in her final two seasons and was named NE10 Player and Rookie of the Year over the course of her decorated career.
1994 Softball Team
The Merrimack College 1994 softball team set the precedent, becoming the first-ever National Champion in Northeast-10 Conference history. The team was the first to truly bring the Northeast-10 Conference name to the national stage. Merrimack was also the first team from the Northeast/East/New England region to capture a national championship. The Warriors dominated from start to finish that year, losing only four games while winning a school-record 45 on their way to the national title. They also captured the league’s regular season and tournament title that year, while three players were named All-Americans. The team was honored by the league in 2011 when it was inducted into the NE10 Hall of Fame.
Ken Duane ’80, H’16 | Distinguished Honoree
A member of the men’s ice hockey team (1977) and men’s lacrosse team (1977-1980). Duane served on Merrimack College’s Board of Trustees from 2006-2014. During his time on the board he served on the Athletics Executive Committee, Advancement Committee, Enrollment Management Committee and Investment Committee. He was instrumental in retaining the men’s ice hockey team’s affiliation in Division I and in Hockey East. He received an Honorary Doctor of Business Administration from Merrimack in 2016. Duane is Vice Chairman of PVH Corporation and Chief Executive Officer of Heritage Brands, a role he assumed in 2018. PVH Corporation is a global clothing company with over $8 billion in revenue and headquartered in Manhattan, New York. Ken and his wife Jincie have been donors to capital projects for hockey and scholarships and recently committed generously to the College’s capital campaign making possible the building of a new stadium and track.