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July 31, 2013

PSU Athletic Hall of Fame to induct six new members

Class of 2013 to be enshrined on Oct. 19

             PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Plymouth State University will honor its athletic heritage this fall when six new members are enshrined into the PSU Athletic Hall of Fame.

            This year’s induction ceremony, set for Saturday, October 19, will mark the 29th group to be enshrined into the PSU Athletic Hall of Fame.  The contingent honors some of the elite Panther student-athletes over the last three decades, representing the sports of basketball, field hockey, football, ice hockey, skiing and soccer.

             The 2013 inductees are:

* Stephen Colonna (‘99), former four-year veteran defenseman and two-year captain of the Panther men’s ice hockey team and a two-time Eastern Collegiate Athletic Association All-Star.

* Tony Martinez (‘01), former two-time Little East Conference First Team All-Star power forward for the Panther men’s basketball team who ranks fourth on PSU’s career scoring list.

* Russ Massahos (‘02), former four-year starting running back for the Panthers who was a three-time Freedom Football Conference All-Star and ranks third on PSU’s career rushing list.

* Patrick McNamara (‘86), former men’s skiing All-American who captured national championships in slalom and combined alpine and helped the Panthers to a national team title in 1985.

* Lilly Silva (‘06), former two-time All-New England star for PSU in field hockey who was a Little East Conference Player of the Year and finished her career as PSU’s all-time leading scorer.

* Traci Walker Griffith (’91), former Panther women’s soccer star who set numerous single-game, season and career scoring records and helped lead the team to four NCAA Tournaments.

            The Hall of Fame activities on Oct. 19th at The Common Man Inn in Plymouth, adjacent to the PSU campus, include a reception at 5:00 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:00 p.m. and the induction ceremony at 7:00 p.m. This year’s group increases the total number in the Hall since it began in 1985 to 166 individuals and six teams.

            The entire 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 athletics.plymouth.edu. For tickets or more information, call 603-535-2771.

               STEPHEN COLONNA (’99):  A dominant defenseman and two-year captain for the Panther men’s hockey teams in the late 1990s, Steve Colonna becomes just the sixth hockey player inducted into the PSU Hall of Fame.  Colonna was a four-year veteran and two-time All-Star for the Panthers, playing under three different head coaches (Dave Webster, Sal Leale and Mike Bonelli).

               A native of Falmouth, Mass. (Falmouth H.S.), Colonna was a powerful blue-liner for the Panthers who used his size and strength to intimidate opponents and alter teams’ attack.  He also became a solid offensive threat with 10 goals and 15 assists over his final two seasons.  Colonna earned ECAC All-Star honors as both a junior and a senior, the first two-time All-Conference selection in school history.

               Colonna helped turn the Panther ice hockey program around, going from just five wins in 1995 the year before he got to Plymouth to a 12-9-1 record in 1996-97.  He helped lead the team to ECAC play-off berths in 1998 and 1999. 

               TONY MARTINEZ (’01) A former power forward for the Panther men’s basketball team, Martinez was twice a First Team All-Little East Conference selection.  He was a two-time leading scorer, finishing his career third on PSU’s all-time scoring list, and still ranks fourth with 1,556 points.

               A native of Barnstead, N.H. (Pittsfield H.S.), Martinez played in every game as a freshman and was the second leading scorer as a sophomore, averaging 12 points and six rebounds a contest.  He took over as a junior, leading the team with 20.5 points per game and ranking second with 8.2 rebounds, and finished in the top 20 in the nation as a senior averaging 21.6 points and 7.5 rebounds. He was named to the Little East All-Tournament Team in 2001 and earned a spot in the New England Senior All-Star game.

               Martinez played under three coaches at Plymouth State (Paul Hogan, Jim Ferry and John Scheinman), leading Panther teams to four straight winning seasons and two LEC regular season co-championships.  He helped the team to a 69-39 combined record and ECAC post-season berths in 1998 and 1999. 

            RUSS MASSAHOS (’02):  A former four-year starting running back for Plymouth State, Massahos recorded three 800-yard rushing seasons and ran for over 1,000 yards in 1999, one of only 10 one-thousand-yard rushing seasons in school history.  He was a three-time Freedom Football Conference All-Star, earning First Team honors in 1999 and 2001, and was an East Region All-Star in ’99.

            A native of Derry, N.H./Pinkerton Academy, Massahos finished his career second on Plymouth State’s career rushing list, and still ranks third with 3,276 yards and 36 touchdowns.  He set a New England Division III record with six touchdowns in a game in a win over Coast Guard, earning a Boston Globe Gold Helmet Award.  Massahos was also a strong receiving threat out of the backfield, finishing his career with 63 catches for 480 yards and three touchdowns.

            Massahos helped the Panthers to a four-year record of 27-15, with ECAC post-season appearances in 1998 and 1999 and an ECAC championship in ’99.  He also led the team to the Freedom Conference Co-Championship as a senior in 2001. 

               PATRICK McNAMARA (’86) A former All-American and national champion for the Panther alpine ski team, Pat McNamara enjoyed outstanding success on the mountain during his collegiate career under coaches Bob Sampson and Tom Quimby.  He placed in the top 10 in the giant slalom at the national championships all four years from 1983-86, and captured the national title in both the slalom and combined alpine in 1985.

               A native of Ridgefield, Conn., McNamara was a strong threat in every race and finished in the top two at the Eastern Regional Championships as both a junior and a senior.  He helped the Panthers to Regional team titles in 1985 and 1986, and the overall team national championship in 1985.

               McNamara continued his skiing success at the Masters Nationals level, and earned Master Skier of the Year honors after winning the slalom, giant slalom and combined alpine. He also helped maintain Plymouth State Skiing’s tradition of producing coaches, as McNamara enjoyed a lengthy career coaching skiing, including more than 25 years on the mountain.

            LILLY SILVA (’06) A former scoring stalwart for the Panther field hockey team from 2002-05, Lilly Silva was a two-time All-New England and three-time First Team All-Little East Conference selection.  She led the Panthers in scoring three straight years and was named First Team All-Region and LEC Offensive Player of the Year as a senior.

            A native of Lowell, Mass., Silva finished her career as PSU’s career scoring leader with 66 goals and 155 points, breaking standards that had stood more than 20 years.  She scored 27 goals as a junior, second-most in a season in school history, and her 19 goals as a senior was third-most. She also tallied 23 assists to finish second on the all-time assist chart.

            Silva played on PSU’s Little East Conference Championship and NCAA Tournament Team in 2002, and starred on ECAC Tournament Teams from 2003-05. She scored three goals, including the overtime game-winner, to lead the Panthers to the ECAC title in 2004.  Silva helped the Panthers to a four-year record of 60-19, including a 35-6 mark against Little East opponents.

                TRACI WALKER GRIFFITH (’91):  A former four-year starter on the Plymouth State women’s soccer teams of the late 1980s, Traci Walker received several academic honors and broke numerous Panther scoring records from 1987-90. She finished her career as the program’s all-time scoring leader, and she still ranks third with 43 goals and second with 116 points.

               A native of Framingham Mass./Marian H.S., Walker Griffith broke on to the college scene with a then-school-record 14 goals as a freshman.  After nine more goals as a sophomore, she equaled her school standard with 14 goals as a junior, including a record five in one game.  Walker Griffith capped her career with six goals as a senior and earned numerous awards, including Little East Conference Student-Athlete of the Year and the NCAA’s New Hampshire Woman of the Year.

               Walker Griffith helped the Panthers to four straight NCAA Tournaments and appearances in the Final Four in 1987 and 1989.  She helped the team to a combined record of 62-11, winning the first Little East Conference Championship in 1990. Walker Griffith was a year-round participant in Panther athletics, serving as team manager for the men’s ice hockey and men’s lacrosse teams.

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