Saturday, March 8, 2014
The University of New England will honor four former student-athletes at its annual Athletics Hall of Fame ceremony on Friday, Sept. 20, on the Biddeford campus.
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Established in 2005, the University of New England Hall of Fame was created to honor the graduates, coaches, athletics staff and supporters of St. Francis College, Westbrook College and UNE.
Jim Shaughnessy, SFC '71; Veronica (Scott) Dumais, WC '96; Gabe Lucas, UNE '99; and Michele (Plant) Higgins, UNE '01 will comprise the Class of 2013 and join 23 other individuals in the UNE Hall of Fame.
Shaughnessy was one of the most accomplished soccer players in the history of St. Francis College. A four-year starter and two-time team MVP, Shaughnessy was an all-conference selection in 1968 and 1969. He was also chosen all-New England in each of those seasons.
Dumais was a force down low during her impressive basketball career. During her four years at Westbrook College, she scored 1,616 points and grabbed 1,425 rebounds. Those totals rank her fourth in points scored in program history and tops in rebounds.
Lucas was a four-year soccer standout in the mid-1990s and is widely-regarded as one of the top defenders ever to play for UNE. Lucas was a three-time all-conference selection and voted all-New England in 1996. He was recognized as an all-American and scholar all-American in his senior season.
A two-sport standout, Higgins has a strong presence in the UNE basketball and softball record books. On the hardwood she ranks sixth in points scored (1,345), third in 3-point field goals (221) and fourth in steals (235). As a softball player Higgins totaled 139 hits, 94 runs scored, 45 runs batted in and 24 stolen bases.
Dan Arundel made a hole-in-one on the 8th hole at Poland Spring Country Club on June 27. Arundel used a driver for the 184-yard shot, which was witnessed by Dick Record, Charlie Record and Paul Bartley.