Aug. 6, 2006
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. -
Eight of the finest athletes in Boston College history have been selected for induction into the Varsity Club Hall of Fame.
The athletes being honored are: Cal Bouchard '00 (women's basketball), Stephen Boyd '94 (football), Bill Curley '94 (basketball), David Emma '91 (hockey), Erin Magee '99 (women's hockey), Mark McGehearty '97 (track and field), Sean McGehearty '97 (track and field) and Pete Mitchell '94 (football) .
The honorees will be inducted in a ceremony on Sunday, Nov. 12 at the Sheraton Needham Hotel in Needham, Mass. They will also be recognized at halftime of the Eagles' football game against Duke on Saturday, Nov. 11.
Here are short biographies of the new Hall of Famers:
Cal Bouchard '00 (women's basketball): Cal Bouchard finished her career with 1,496 points in 104 games. She currently ranks fifth on the school's career scoring list. A two-time team captain, she captured Big East All-Rookie Team honors as a freshman, then twice earned All-Conference first-team accolades. More than just a scorer, she is also ranked among the school's career leaders in assists and steals. She captured the school's prestigious "Eagle of the Year" award in 2000. The first-ever BC player and the first Canadian to be drafted by the WNBA (Detroit Shock), Bouchard was a member of Canada's 2000 Olympic basketball team. A summa cum laude graduate, she was the 2000 recipient of the Big East Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year award. Bouchard is the only athlete to ever receive the Rev. Edward H. Finnegan, S.J., Award, the highest award bestowed at BC's Commencement.
Stephen Boyd '94 (football): Stephen Boyd made his mark as a linebacker for the Eagles from 1991-94. He then enjoyed a highly-successful professional career with the NFL's Detroit Lions. A Valley Stream, N.Y., product, Boyd made 100 or more tackles in each of his four collegiate seasons. He made a career-best 161 tackles, including five quarterback sacks, in 1993. Boyd earned All-Big East first-team honors as a junior and senior. He captured the ECAC Player of the Year award in 1994. He played in both the East-West Shrine Game and the Hula Bowl. Boyd was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the fifth round of the 1995 NFL Draft. He played nine seasons with the Lions, finishing his career ranked third on the franchise's career tackles list (773).
Bill Curley '94 (basketball): Bill Curley finished his career with 2,102 points and 996 rebounds in 126 games. A four-year team MVP, Curley led the team in scoring, rebounding and field-goal percentage in each of his four seasons. The Duxbury, Mass., resident gained Big East Rookie of the Year honors as a freshman, All-Big East second-team honors as a sophomore, and All-Big East first-team accolades as a junior and senior. He also captured All-America third-team honors from the National Association of Basketball Coaches in 1993-94. The 1994 "Eagle of the Year," Curley led the program to two berths in the National Invitation Tournament (1992, 1993) and one berth in the NCAA Tournament. BC advanced to the NCAA Tournament's "Elite Eight" in 1994.
David Emma '91 (hockey): David Emma captured college hockey's highest honor in 1991, becoming the first player in BC history to win the coveted Hobey Baker Memorial Award. He remains BC's career scoring leader with 239 points. The Cranston, R.I., native tallied 112 goals and 127 assists in 147 collegiate contests. He twice won the Hockey East scoring title. Emma captured the Hobey Baker Award after scoring a single-season best 81 points in his senior season. He also earned the 1991 Walter Brown Award as the best American-born player in New England. Emma earned All-America honors in 1990 and 1991. He gained BC's "Eagle of the Year" award in 1991. Emma was a member of the 1992 United States Olympic Hockey Team.
Erin Magee '99 (women's hockey): Erin Magee set the standard for BC women's ice hockey. She started her collegiate career as Boston College elevated its women's hockey program from club to varsity status. She established scoring records that still stand today. Magee totaled 198 points - 116 goals and 82 assists - in 117 games. She recorded an amazing 11 career hat tricks, including five in her freshman season. The Troy, N.Y., product was invited to the USA Women's Hockey Festival for three consecutive years. She earned a spot on the 2000 U.S. National Team.
Mark McGehearty '97 (track and field): Mark McGehearty would clearly be the premier field-event performer in Boston College history - if not for the competition provided by his twin brother Sean. Mark was a seven-time All-America selection, earning the honor four times in the hammer throw and three times in the 35-lb. weight event. He was an eight-time New England champion, winning crowns in the hammer, 35-lb. weight and shot-put events. Mark also won two Big East titles. He was the IC4A champion in the 35-lb. weight in 1996 (68'10") and finished as the national runner-up in the 35-lb. weight in both 1996 and 1997, placing second behind his twin in 1997. He still holds the school record in the hammer throw (230'4"). He stands second on the 35-lb. weight chart (70'7"). Mark shared the 1997 "Eagle of the Year" award with Sean.
Sean McGehearty '97 (track and field): Sean McGehearty, much like his twin brother Mark, did it all during his four years at the Heights. Competing in both the 35-lb. weight (indoor) and hammer throw (outdoor) events, Sean was a four-time All-America honoree, a two-time IC4A champion, a two-time Big East champion and a two-time New England champion. He capped his collegiate career with a special senior year. He established an American collegiate record in the 35-lb. weight at the 1997 IC4A Indoor Championship (72'10"), then earned a national championship in the same event at the 1997 NCAA Championship. Sean still holds the school record in the 35-lb. weight event (72'10"). He stands second (behind his brother) on the school's all-time hammer throw list (224'7"). Sean shared the 1997 "Eagle of the Year" award with Mark.
Pete Mitchell '94 (football): Pete Mitchell set many of Boston College's receiving records as a standout tight end from 1991-94. He finished his career with a career-record 190 receptions for a career-record 2,388 yards and 20 touchdowns. He made a single-season best 66 catches in 1993, a total that ranks second on the school's single-season list. Mitchell equaled a school standard with 13 receptions in the Eagles' memorable 41-39 win at Notre Dame on Nov. 20, 1993. The Bloomfield Hills, Mich., product was a two-time All-America choice and a two-time All-Big East selection - both 1993 and 1994. He earned the school's prestigious "Eagle of the Year" award in 1994. Mitchell was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the fourth round of the 1995 NFL Draft. He played eight seasons in the NFL, spending five seasons with Jacksonville, two with the New York Giants and one with Detroit. He completed his 113-game professional career with 279 receptions for 2,885 yards and 15 touchdowns.