Herons Take The Ice

Utica forward Kelsey Dowdall, ECAC Associate Vice President for Leagues & Affiliates
Katie Boldvich, William Smith Athletics Director Deb Steward, Geneva City Manager
Matt Horn, President Mark D. Gearan, Board Chair Maureen Collins Zupan ’72, P’09
and Krista Federow ’18 gather for the puck drop before the inaugural Heron home

by Ken DeBolt

For the past five decades, the William Smith Herons have been synonymous with excellence with the modern successes— dozens of conference championships, seven national championships, and countless individual studentathlete awards—growing out of roots that stretch back to the earliest days of the College.

On Oct. 31, William Smith planted a new seed, as the Heron ice hockey team made its varsity debut at UMass-Boston. While the Halloween showdown ended in a loss for the visitors, it wasn’t a frightful experience for a roster made up almost entirely of first-years. (Abagail Symes is the bridge between the club team and the varsity team. She is a sophomore academically and played club ice hockey last season.) The Beacons jumped out to a 3-0 lead before Morgan Bayreuther scored the first goal in program history off an assist from Krista Federow. The following night, Lizzy Weingast and Hedi Droste scored goals in a 6-2 setback to UMass-Boston.

“This team has a lot of pride in starting this program off on the right foot,” Head Coach Jaime Totten says. “They really want to build a solid foundation for years to come. I can see that in the competitive level that they bring to practice every day. One thing I am looking to see this year, is that they carry that ambition with them from start to finish each night and I have no doubt in my mind that this team will compete to the very end.”

The excitement surrounding the program is evident everywhere from social media to The Cooler, home now to the Hobart and the William Smith hockey teams. Engagement statistics for Heron ice hockey on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter are among the highest the College has seen since William Smith captured the 2013 NCAA Soccer Championship.

Krista Federow ’18 carries the puck into the offensive zone as the Herons play
their inaugural home game in The Cooler.

In the real world, attendance for the reception following the team’s first home game on Nov. 8, was huge following a sellout game against Utica at The Cooler. In addition to a pregame puck drop featuring President Mark D. Gearan, Chair of the Board of Trustees Maureen Collins Zupan ’72, P’09 and Heron Athletics Director Deb Steward, the first 100 fans received a commemorative puck.

On Nov. 22, the Herons earned the program’s historic first victory, topping Neumann 3-2 in overtime. First-year Catherine Linehan notched the game-winning goal to lift the Herons past the Knights while Megan Messuri got the start in goal for William Smith and stood tall. She finished the afternoon with a career-high 57 saves.

“These student-athletes understand the importance of setting the foundation of our ice hockey program,” Steward says. “They have embraced the opportunity with Heron pride and I’m confident with their commitment and the leadership of Coach Totten that this team will leave a lasting legacy for generations to come.”

Hobart Hall of Fame Welcomes 20th Class

by Ken DeBolt

Hobart College Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2014 (back row): Greg Gallagher ’06,
Alex Bell ’05, Joe Corbett ’03, Craig Swanson ’04; and (front row): Eric Stein ’89,
Roy McAdam ’80, Ernie Lisi ’58, and Jerry Hanley ’75.

Volumes have been written on the rich history of Hobart Athletics, which traces its origins back to the middle of the 19th century. The latest chapter in that tale was added on Nov. 15, when the Hobart Hall of Fame celebrated its 20th class of inductees.

Football offensive lineman Alex Bell ’05, of Charlotte, N.C., basketball forward Joe Corbett ’03, of Marcus Hook, Pa., hockey defenseman Greg Gallagher ’06, of Framingham, Mass., football fullback and baseball third baseman Jerry Hanley ’75, of West Chester, Pa., football and lacrosse standout Ernie Lisi ’58, of Rochester, N.Y., lacrosse attackman Roy McAdam ’80, of Dexter, N.Y., football defensive back and lacrosse defensive midfielder Eric Stein ’89, of Darien, Conn., and football quarterback Craig Swanson ’04, of Baltimore raised the Hall of Fame’s roll to 118.

Lisi is the elder Statesman of the class. A native of Geneva, he was a two-sport studentathlete for the Statesmen, but it was on the gridiron that he made his greatest mark. Lisi grew from a backup fullback as a first-year to an All-American guard and standout linebacker as a senior. Before Lisi and his classmates closed out the 1957 season with a 19-0 whitewashing of Upsala, Head Coach Eddie Tryon told the Geneva Times that Lisi was, “the best defensive linebacker we’ve ever had.” A career educator, he went on to become known as the father of Irondequoit, N.Y. lacrosse, coaching the Eagles to a 211-19 record with 22 championships.

Hanley was a punishing blocker for two of Hobart’s most successful running backs, Hall of Famers Don Aleksiewicz ’73 and Rich Kowaliski ’75. An exceptional runner himself, Hanley logged 2,387 yards and 22 touchdowns during his career, trailing only A-to-Z and Kowalski on Hobart’s all-time list in 1974. On the diamond, Hanley led the Statesmen with a .304 batting average as a senior.

A two-time All-American attackman, McAdam is the only person to play on the first three NCAA Championship winning Hobart teams. The Statesmen won titles in his firstyear and sophomore seasons and returned to the championship game in his junior year. McAdam missed the 1979 campaign with a knee injury, but returned to the Boz to lead Hobart to the first of 12 consecutive Division III titles. The 1980 National Player and National Attackman of the Year was fourth in career goals (134) and points (220) and fifth in assists (86) at the time of his graduation.

Stein was a four-time letterman in football and a two-time letterman in lacrosse. On the gridiron, he rang up 151 tackles and earned the Vincent Welch Award. Stein played his first lacrosse game at any level when he suited up for the Hobart B team in 1986. By the time he was a senior, his defensive prowess earned him the national player of the year award. Stein was also recognized for his academics, earning USILA Scholar All-American honors.

One of the most dominant Hobart basketball players ever, Corbett was a four-year starter, three-year team MVP, and a two-year captain. As both a junior and a senior, he was a finalist for the Jostens Trophy, the Heisman Trophy of Division III basketball. Corbett recorded 1,701 points, 655 field goals, and 1,249 rebounds, at the time all Hobart records, while leading the Statesmen to the 2001 UCAA Championship and a berth in the NCAA tournament, both program firsts.

Bell and Swanson’s successes are intertwined. The former’s impenetrable protection gave the latter time to make reads, beat defenses and break virtually every Hobart passing record. Bell earned All-America recognition as a junior and a senior and did not allow a sack in either season. Swanson was the 2002 UCAA Offensive Player of the Year and a finalist for the Gagliardi Trophy, the Division III Player of the Year award. The prolific passer eclipsed the Hobart career records for passing yards (5,678), passing touchdowns (47), pass attempts (802), pass completions (454), completion percentage (56.6), efficiency (129.7), and passing average (177.4 yds/g). During their time on campus, Hobart football went 37-12, won four league titles and made the first four postseason appearances in program history.

An All-American, Gallagher helped the Statesmen capture their first ECAC West championship and led the Skatesmen to their first NCAA semifinal appearance. The blue liner produced 14 goals and 50 assists for 64 career points. As a senior, Gallagher led the team and ranked 15th in the nation in defenseman scoring (5-18-23).


Preparing Students to Lead Lives of Consequence.