COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College Department of Athletics announced its 2013 Athletic Hall of Fame class on Friday, with five new members set to be enshrined at the 26th annual Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet on Friday evening, Sept. 20, at the DoubleTree Hotel in South Burlington.
The Class of 2013 is comprised of: Jessica Allan '95, one of the most dominant attackers in the women's volleyball program's history; Geoff Card '97, a standout scorer and defender for the men's basketball team; Whitney McBride '84, who still holds three men's cross country school records; Angela Potts '02, a two-time All-America field hockey back; and Jennifer Voigt '93, a three-time all-region women's soccer player.
Allan, who hails from Norfolk, Mass., and currently lives in Easthampton, Mass., is the fourth women's volleyball player to be enshrined. She graduated as the program's career kills leader (931), including collecting 547 during her final two seasons alone. At the time of her induction, Allan ranks second in program history in kills and third in hitting percentage (.282). As a senior in 1994, Allan averaged 11.8 kills and 9.8 digs while hitting at a 35.2-percent clip. An all-conference selection as a junior and senior, Allan led the team to 53 wins and four trips to the NE-10 Tournament during her career. After Saint Michael's won 20 matches in her first two seasons, the Purple Knights were 33-20 overall and 11-7 in the NE-10 during Allan's final two years, posting a school-record 18 victories in 1994 while tying for third in the league standings. Allan earned a master's degree in landscape architecture and regional planning from the University of Massachusetts and, after a stretch as the principal planner for the Western Massachusetts-based Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, was named City Planner for the city of Easthampton in March.
Card, a Princeton, N.J., native, resides in South Hamilton, Mass., and will be the 48th Hall of Fame inductee who was a member of the men's basketball program. The high-scoring swing player landed three all-league honors and was also named NE-10 Defensive Co-Player of the Year in 1996-97. Card, who redshirted as a first-year in 1993-94 due to a season-ending ankle injury after just three contests, capped his 115-game career in 1997-98 with 1,651 points, 577 rebounds, 407 assists to 268 turnovers, 170 steals and 48 blocks while shooting 53.8 percent. He stands among the program's career top 10 in four categories and was a National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-Northeast District selection during his final season. In his last three winters with the Purple Knights, Card helped the squad post a 58-28 overall mark while winning the 1996 Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Tournament title and qualify for the 1997 NCAA Tournament after claiming their first NE-10 regular-season crown, with a 16-2 league ledger. Card is currently the director of national sales support for John Hancock Financial Services.
McBride, who is originally from Wilton, Conn., and lives in Thornwood, N.Y., becomes the third men's cross country runner to be enshrined. He still holds the school record for the fastest time at the 9K distance, as well as the mark for single-season race victories (5), set in 1983. McBride's eight career wins were a program record upon his graduation, and have since been matched by two harriers. As a senior in 1983, he captained the team to an 11-0 mark in dual- and tri-meet competition, the only time the squad has ever posted a perfect record. A perennial top-five finisher at the Vermont Intercollegiate Championship throughout his career, McBride landed All-State first team accolades each of his final two seasons, a precursor to finishing among the top 50 both years at the NCAA regional championship. He was the 1984 recipient of the College's prestigious Victor V. LeMieux '35 Award. Since graduation, McBride has become a successful pediatric surgeon outside New York City.
Potts, a native of Philmont, N.Y., who lives in Zambia, is the 13th member of the field hockey program to head into the Hall of Fame. The only player in NE-10 history to twice be named the outright Defensive Player of the Year, Potts also tallied 16 career goals and is one of just four Purple Knights to reach the 20-assist mark, finishing with exactly 20. During her junior and senior years, Saint Michael's went a combined 28-10 overall and 17-2 in league play, qualifying for the NCAA Tournament Final Four both falls. After the Purple Knights claimed their first league regular-season crown in 2000, Potts helped them earn a share of the 2001 title during her senior year. The two-time National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) All-America honoree was the College's NCAA Woman of the Year selection as a senior, when she also earned the Roger F. Keleher '15 Award. Since graduation, Potts has dedicated herself to a service-based career, including serving an assignment with the Peace Corps in Malawi and teaching in Indonesia. She is currently working with a local newspaper in Zambia as a U.S. State Department English Language Fellow.
Voigt, a native of Essex Junction, Vt., and now a resident of Gaithersburg, Md., becomes the 10th member of the Saint Michael's Athletic Hall of Fame with women's soccer ties. During her four-year career, she played forward, midfield and fullback, sometimes making the position change mid-game at the request of her coach. She was named All-New England at each position. Voigt anchored the team's defense her first two years, playing a key role in the Purple Knights' nine-game shutout streak in 1989, before moving to midfield and forward as an upperclassman, serving both seasons as a captain. She led the Purple Knights in points (18) and tied for the lead in goals (7) as a junior. Upon completing her career, she stood seventh in school annals in career points (31). Since graduation, Voigt founded her own company, Exquisite Software Solutions, which lists NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) among its clients.
The Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet, which is a cornerstone of the College's Alumni Weekend, begins with a reception at 6 p.m. on Sept. 20 followed by the dinner and induction ceremony at 7 p.m. Additional details for Alumni Weekend and the Hall of Fame ceremony, including ticket information, can be found by contacting the Saint Michael's Alumni Office at (802) 654-2527 or visiting here.