Sept. 7, 2012
Chestnut Hill, MA -
Nine of the finest athletes in Boston College history comprise the Class of 2012 were inducted into the Varsity Club Hall of Fame on Friday night at Conte Forum. The group will be recognized at halftime of Saturday's football game against Maine. The game will kick off at 1 p.m.
The athletes inducted are: Mark Chmura '91 (football), Maria Cicero '05 (cross country/track and field), Don Fox '57 (hockey), Antonio Granger '98 (basketball), Amy LaCombe '90 (basketball), Mike Mamula '95 (football), Marty McInnis '92 (hockey), Casey Schmidt '03 (soccer) and Lou Tessier '65 (track and field).
Here are short biographies of the new Hall of Famers:
Mark Chmura '91 (football), a tight end for the Eagles from 1988-91, set the school record for receptions with 164, which is now third in Eagles' record books and also stands at third with 2,046 career receiving yards. An All-Big East selection and two-time All-ECAC honoree, he also set a single-season record with 47 receptions by a tight end. Chmura played eight seasons with the Green Bay Packers in the National Football League. He won the Super Bowl with the Packers in 1997 and was inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame in 2010.
Maria Cicero '05 (cross country/track and field) was a four-time All-American, including three All-America honors in cross country. Also a four-time All-Big East selection, she holds the Boston College record for the 10,000m event. She is the only Eagle to lead BC in three regionals, earning All-Northeast Region three times in cross country. She also broke the 16-year-old 5,000m record by 11 seconds, which now stands second in the record book.
Don Fox '57 (hockey) was a decorated player who helped the Eagles to the 1956 Frozen Four and the 1957 Beanpot Championship title. Fox earned All-East and All-New England accolades twice. He earned the Frederick Matrone Award, given to the most outstanding freshman and the Norman F. Dailey Memorial Award as a senior, given to the team MVP. He also garnered All-America honorable mentions in his final season at BC. Fox's nomination and selection came via the Varsity Club's Veterans Committee.
Antonio Granger '98 (basketball), a forward who helped lead the Eagles to two NCAA Tournaments in 1996 and 1997, led the Big East in three-point field goal percentage during the 1996-97 season. He currently ranks sixth in Eagles record books for three pointers (193) and fifth on the single-season list (78 in 1997-98). He scored in double figures in 68 career games, including 17 games with 20 or more points.
Amy LaCombe '90 (basketball), a two-time captain, is a member of the 1,000-point club at Boston College. LaCombe was named to the All-Big East second team as a junior and the third team as a senior. She graduated ranked third in points (1,147) and steals (125) in the Eagles' record books. Both records are still in the top 15 today.
Mike Mamula '95 (football) played for the Eagles from 1991 to 1994. A defensive end, he tied for the most sacks in one game (3.5) and in one season (13). He is also second in BC record books with 24 career sacks. He was named NBC's "Player of the Game" for his 14-tackle effort, which included two sacks, in the victory over Notre Dame as a junior. He earned All-Big East honors and Big East Player of the Week accolades twice as a senior, while also capturing the Aloha Bowl MVP title for his performance, which included four sacks, one for a safety. A first-round selection by the Philadelphia Eagles (seventh pick), he played six seasons for the Eagles.
Marty McInnis '92 (hockey), a left wing for the Eagles who appeared in more games than any other freshman, earned a silver medal at the 1989 U.S. Olympic Festival. McInnis went on to finish third in team scoring as a sophomore (53 points) and second as a junior (57 points). He represented the Red, White and Blue at the 1992 Albertville Winter Olympics and finished a 12-year NHL career with 170 goals and 250 assists.
Casey Schmidt '03 (soccer) was a decorated forward, earning Big East All-Rookie honors, leading the Eagles with 11 goals. He captured NSCAA New England Regional All-America honors three times, including to the first team his sophomore season. Schmidt was named Big East Offensive Player of the Year as a sophomore and garnered All-Big East honors three straight seasons. He is currently ranked second in BC soccer history for career points (82), first in career goals (35), tied for third in single-season points (28) and tied for fourth in single-season goals (11). Schmidt earned Eagle of the Year honors as a senior.
Lou Tessier '65 (track and field) gave his life for his country in the Vietnam War in 1968. He walked on to the track team and proved to be a valuable member and leader. He led the Eagles in point scoring in the spring of 1965 and tied the school records in the 50-yard indoor dash and the 100-yard dash. Serving as team captain as a senior, he was the New England 100-yard champion that same year. From the late 1970s through the early 1980s, Tessier's teammates established the memorial Captain's Trophy, given annually to the men's track captains and was representative of the outstanding leadership and commitment that Tessier demonstrated in his captain's role. Tessier's nomination and selection came via the Varsity Club's Veterans Committee.