Elmira College Athletics Announces 2019 Hall of Fame Class
ELMIRA, NY (WENY) - Wednesday was a big day for Elmira College Athletics as the college announced their inaugural Hall of Fame class for 2019. There are 7 new inductees in this year's class that will be officially inducted on Friday, November 19th during Alumni Weekend.
The first inductee was the first team in any sport to win a National Championship at EC, the 2000 Cheerleading Team. Then just 7 years later, the second inductee in this year's Hall of Fame class is also the Cheerleading squad from 2007. At the NCA College Nationals, the team scored an 8.5 in the prelims then followed it with a near-perfect 8.73 in the bandshell to claim their second National Title.
The third inductee in EC's 2019 Hall of Fame is the 2001-02 Women's Ice Hockey team. This was the first year of the team's existence, and they dominated the season, going 26-1-1 overall, capturing the ECAC West Regular Season and Tournament Titles, and these ultimately led to the team winning the National Championship with a 2-1 victory over Manhattanville.
The Women's Ice Hockey team is honored again as the fourth inductee from the 2002-03 season. In just their second year of existence, the team won back-to-back National Championships, and they are the first team to ever accomplish this across the NCAA in all divisions. The team finished 23-4-2 overall and they were perfect in ECAC play at 12-0-0.
The fifth inductee and first individual in this year's class is Laura Hurd ('05). Hurd was a member of the Women's Ice Hockey team where she led the team in goals and points all four years of her career, the only student-athlete in the program's history to do so. An All-American, Hurd was also voted as the 2005 Division III National Player of the Year.
The sixth inductee in this year's class is Joey Spinelli ('92). A member of the Men's Ice Hockey team, Spinelli is the only three-time All-American in the program's 47-year history. During his time at EC, Spinelli racked up 256 career points and 152 assists which is the most in program history in each category, and he is 2nd all-time in goals with 104.
The seventh and final inductee in the 2019 Hall of Fame class is Pat Thompson ('75). Thompson has worn many hats at Elmira College and she has played a huge role in the Athletics Department over the years. Thompson worked her way up through multiple positions to finally be promoted as EC's Athletic Director in 1984, then she served as Vice President of Athletics starting in 2000. Thompson also coached the Cheerleading team for 23 years, where she led them to their National Championship in 2000.
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