Friday, October 24, 2008

UAlbany Inducts Five Into Athletic Hall of Fame to Kick Off Homecoming & Family Weekend

Courtesy: UAlbany Sports Information

Albany, N.Y. – Five former athletes were enshrined into the University at Albany Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday, October 24 at the 25th annual HOF Dinner and Induction Ceremony.

The new inductees and their sports: Tom Alexander '98, lacrosse; Andre Duncan '98, basketball; Afrim Nezaj '82, soccer; Kelly Paolino Cirilla, basketball '99; and Liz Peck '97, field hockey.

With this year's class, there are 119 former athletes, coaches and administrators who have been inducted into the University at Albany's Athletic Hall of Fame.

The induction ceremony is part of Homecoming and Family Weekend, which also includes Saturday's football game at University Field with Northeast Conference-rival Saint Francis, Pa. at 4:00 p.m. The contest will be televised on Time Warner Cable (TW3).

Men's soccer hosts Bryant and women's field hockey entertains Boston University earlier in the day. Both contests begin at 1:00 p.m. On Sunday, women's soccer is home against UMBC at 1:00 p.m., while women's volleyball meets UMBC at 2:00 p.m.

The Great Danes opened their conference football schedule with its third consecutive win following a 26-21 victory over previous unbeaten Sacred Heart last week. UAlbany (4-3, NEC 3-0) piled up a season-high 504 yards, including 320 on the ground, in the come-from-behind win.

David McCarty, who ran for 207 yards and one touchdown, ranks fifth among the Division I FBS leaders in rushing at 145.4 yards per game. Quarterback Vinny Esposito passed for 184 yards and gained a career-best 65 on the ground against Sacred Heart. UAlbany’s defense held the NEC’s top offense to just under 300 total yards.

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