Plymouth State Athletics announces 2017 Hall of Fame Class

Plymouth State Athletics announces 2017 Hall of Fame Class

Five new members to be inducted in October

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Plymouth State University will honor five individuals as the newest members of its Athletic Hall of Fame this fall.

            This year's induction ceremony, slated for Saturday, Oct. 21, will celebrate three elite athletes, an exceptional coach and a legendary Athletic Training career.

            The 2017 inductees are:

            * J.P. Sallese '02, a four-year starter for the Panther men's lacrosse team who earned Pilgrim League Divisional All-Star status in 2000 and All-Little East Conference (LEC) First Team in 2001 while leading the program to four straight post-season berths. 

            * Kristin Dougherty Maskalenko '90, a four-year standout on the Panther women's soccer team who earned two All-America and All-New England honors while helping the team to four straight NCAA Tournaments and three Final Fours. 

            * Laura Giusti-Bennett '86, a four-year member of the PSU field hockey team who earned All-America honors while guiding the program to post-season appearances in the EAIAW Tournament, ECAC Tournament and the program's first NCAA Tournament. 

            * Michael Goldenberg '84, an extremely active and influential voice on the State, District and National levels of athletic training whose 30-plus-year career has been honored with inclusion in the NATA and ATSNJ Halls of Fame. 

            * Andy Byrne '75, a four-year member and captain of the Plymouth State men's soccer program who enjoyed a prolific career on the sidelines, including two-time Northeast Region Division III Coach of the Year and four-time Empire 8 Coach of the Year honors while leading Ithaca College to 11 NCAA post-season appearances over a 31-year career.

             The Hall of Fame ceremony will take place at The Savage Welcome Center in the PSU Ice Arena on Saturday, Oct. 21. The evening will include a reception (5:00 p.m.), dinner (6:00 p.m.) and the induction ceremony (7:00 p.m.). The quintet of new inductees increases the total number in the Hall to 188 individuals and six teams since it began in 1985.

             A full list of inductees and profiles on each member, as well as a nomination form open to the public, is available on the PSU Athletics website at For tickets or more information, call 603-535-2770.

J.P. Sallese '02

           J.P. Sallese '02:  A four-year starter for the Plymouth State men's lacrosse program, Sallese holds two of the top three single season assists records. His 54 assists in 2000 are the program's top mark, while his 49 assists in the 2001 season are number three all-time. Sallese also ranks third all-time on the career assists list (143) and career points list (232).

           Sallese, who notched 10 assists in a 22-9 victory over Southern Maine in 2001 (the 2nd best all-time), finished in the top three on the team in scoring in three of his four years. He tallied 29 goals, 49 assists and 78 points to lead the team as a senior, while finishing second as a junior (26-54-80) and third as a sophomore (21-27-48). He served as the primary set-up man for fellow Hall of Famer Jim Martocchio (HOF '08), the program's all-time leader in goals scored.

           His play helped guide the Panthers to a 35-28 mark and included post-season berths in each of his four years (Pilgrim League 1998-2000, ECAC 2001), while playing under three different head coaches (Dave Webster 1998, Bob Ewell 1999, Nate Ostis 2000-2001). Sallese was named a Pilgrim League Divisional All-Star in 2000 and All-LEC First Team in 2001, the first year of men's lacrosse as an LEC-sponsored sport.




  Kristin Dougherty Maskalenko '90

           Kristin Dougherty Maskalenko '90:  A four-year standout for Plymouth State's women's soccer team (1986-1989) and two-time All-America and All-New England selection, Maskalenko was the team's leading scorer as a junior. Her 10 assists during the 1988 season set a school record and are still tied for third on the PSU single-season list.

           She finished her career with 25 goals, 28 assists and 78 points. Maskalenko currently ranks seventh in program history for goals, tied for third in assists and fifth for points.

           After helping guide the team to four straight NCAA Tournaments and three Final Fours, she was named Plymouth State Female Athlete of the Year as a senior.

           Following her playing career, Maskalenko went on to serve as assistant women's soccer coach at Brandeis University (1990-1992) before spending eight years coaching youth and high school sports in Massachusetts. She was inducted into the Bedford High School Hall of Fame in 2006.



Laura Giusti-Bennett '86  

        Laura Giusti-Bennett '86:  A four-year Panther field hockey star under coach Dot Diehl, Giusti-Bennett earned All-America status in 1984. Her teams posted a combined record of 36-21-6, including a 10-2-4 showing in 1981 and a 14-1 mark in 1984.

           Giusti-Bennett helped guide her team to the post-season three times, including the program's first NCAA Tournament appearance in 1984. The team also earned ECAC (1983) and EAIAW (1981) berths.

           After graduating she went on to enjoy a 16-year coaching career at Plymouth Regional High School (1988-2004), where she was a two-time Coach of the Year while compiling a 130-76-19 record. She led the Bobcats to a New Hampshire State runner-up finish in 1997 and was a five-time state tournament semifinalist.

           Giusti-Bennett has run field hockey camps and clinics for the last decade and has remained active in coaching youth field hockey and softball.





Michael Goldenberg '84  

           Michael Goldenberg '84:  Goldenberg has enjoyed a lengthy 30-plus year career in Athletic Training. He has served as Athletic Trainer and Associate Athletic Director at The Lawrenceville (N.J.) School since 1989, with prior stops at Brewster Academy (1984-1987) and Sweet Home High School in Amherst, N.Y. (1987-1989).

           Goldenberg was named to the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) Hall of Fame in 2016 and served on the Athletic Trainers' Society of New Jersey (ATSNJ) Executive Council from 2000-2004 before being elected to the ATSNJ Hall of Fame in 2005.

           He was a member of the Eastern Athletic Trainers' Association (EATA) Executive Board from 2004-2015, was a NATA District 2 Director and on the NATA Board of Directors from 2011-2015.

           Goldenberg has presented at the Annual NATA Conference a dozen times, been an author on 10 publications and has contributed to many interviews and projects throughout the country.



Andy Byrne '75  

           Andy Byrne '75:  Byrne, a men's soccer team captain who earned four varsity letters for Plymouth State, enjoyed an impressive career patrolling the sidelines. He served as men's soccer coach for Ithaca College for 31 years (1984-2014), amassing a record of 301-174-58 and advancing to the NCAA Tournament 11 times. His teams made nine consecutive playoff appearances from 1985 through 1993, with five NCAA Tournament berths.

           Byrne guided the Bombers to three straight NCAA quarterfinal appearances (1995-1997) and a semifinal berth in 1996. The team returned to the NCAA playoffs again in 1999 and 2008.

           He was named the Northeast Region Division III Coach of the Year in both 1996 and 1997, while earning Empire 8 Coach of the Year four times. Byrne served as an assistant for Plymouth State Hall of Fame coach Gerd Lutter (HOF '99) before earning his master's degree at Eastern Illinois University.

           Prior to Ithaca he held the role of head men's soccer coach and P.E. instructor at Indiana State University-Evansville (now University of Southern Indiana). His teams won three consecutive Great Lakes Valley championships, posted a 34-18-2 overall record and competed in the 1982 NCAA Division II playoffs. He has also spent three years as head coach at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell.

           Byrne owns an overall coaching record of 332-207-57 for a .605 career winning percentage.


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