October 19, 2013

Five Inducted Into Athletic Hall of Fame

BOSTON, Mass. – The Wentworth Institute of Technology Athletic Department welcomed five new members into its Athletic Hall of Fame in a ceremony on Saturday night (October 19) at the Watson Hall Auditorium. This is the 12th class of inductees since the hall of fame began in 2001 brings the total number of inductees to 60.

The five former student-athletes who were honored are Jena Beauregard (Holden, Mass.; softball), T.J. Dahill (Hanover, Mass.; lacrosse); Chris Hartmann (Hopewell Junction, N.Y.; soccer), Sherrad Prezzie-Blue (Norwalk, Conn.; basketball), and Bob Triveri (Walpole, Mass.; baseball).

JENA BEAUREGARD ’06 (Softball)
Perhaps the greatest pitcher the Wentworth softball program has ever seen, Jena Beauregard helped the Leopards to their best four-year stretch in program history and tonight she becomes the fourth softball player to be inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame.

Beauregard’s impact on the program was almost immediate as she took to the circle as a freshman and posted a 16-12 record with one save to go along with a 2.38 earned run average and 160 strikeouts in 182.1 innings of work. Her 16 wins, six shutouts, and 160 strikeouts established single-season program records and she pitched a perfect game in an 8-0 win over Curry on April 27, 2003. In addition to her stellar performance in the circle, she batted .429 with six doubles, two triples, 13 runs scored, and 10 runs batted in. For her efforts she was named the CCC Rookie of the Year, becoming the first player in program history to earn this award. The Leopards enjoyed their finest season in program history that season, finishing 19-15 and advancing to the third round of the Commonwealth Coast Conference Tournament. The 19 wins that season came on the heels of a 5-20-1 record the season before.

Pitching in 16 games as a sophomore, Beauregard recorded an 8-6 record with a program-record 1.57 earned run average, striking out 77 batters in 107 innings of work, while walking just 18 batters for a program-best 1.18 walks per seven innings. Eleven of her 107 innings pitched came in an epic, 12-inning CCC Tournament game against Salve Regina. While the Leopards came up on the short end (4-3), Beauregard did not allow an earned run as the two teams were scoreless through the first nine innings. Wentworth finished 15-15 that season and advanced to the second round of the CCC Tournament.

During her junior season she set a program record for strikeouts per seven innings, striking out 101 batters in 95 innings of work for an average of 7.44. That season she pitched in 16 games, picking up five wins and held opponents to a program-low .217 batting average. She would follow that up in her senior season with five more wins and 77 strikeouts in 96.1 innings of work.

In 82 career appearances (73 starts, 69 complete games), Beauregard finished with a 34-38 record and a career earned run average of 2.40 to go along with 11 shutouts, 415 strikeouts, and an opponents’ batting average of .266. She holds the program record for fewest walks per seven innings (1.47), most strikeouts per seven innings (6.04), wins, appearances, starts, shutouts, innings pitched (480.2), and strikeouts while her career earned run average is second on the program’s all-time list.

A native of Holden, Mass., Beauregard was the 2006 recipient of the Eugenia Louise Sweeny Senior Scholar-Athlete Award and was a member of the Sigma Beta Delta Honor Society. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Management in 2006 and resides in Edgartown, Mass., where she is a foreman for Alex Morrison Landscaping.

T.J. DAHILL ’05 (Lacrosse)
A four-year standout at midfield and two-year captain who helped the men’s lacrosse program to 26 wins and a pair of ECAC Tournament berths during his career, “T.J.” Dahill becomes the fourth member of the Leopard men’s lacrosse program to be inducted into the Wentworth Athletic Hall of Fame.

During Dahill’s freshman campaign, the Leopards may have finished 5-8; however two of the squad’s losses came by a single goal, including a 10-9 loss at New England College in the Commonwealth Coast Conference Quarterfinals. He started two of the 12 games in which he played, scoring 12 goals and a dozen assists for 24 points. Both his 12 assists and 24 points ranked him fourth on the team.

As a sophomore, Dahill started all 13 games for the Leopards, who would finish 6-7 and earn the program’s first-ever berth in the ECAC Division III Men’s Lacrosse Tournament where Wentworth was defeated by Keene State. Starting all 13 of the Leopards’ games, he finished second on the team in scoring with 35 points, coming on 22 goals and 13 assists. He was named Second Team All-CCC for his efforts.

The 2004 edition of the Leopards enjoyed one of the finest seasons in the program’s history as the Leopards matched a then-program record for wins in a season, finishing 9-7 and advancing to the ECAC Tournament for the second consecutive season. Among the memorable victories the Leopards had that season was an 8-7 win at New England College, in which Dahill scored the game-winning goal 44 seconds into overtime. Starting all 16 games, he finished the season with a team-high 35 goals to go along with 15 assists for 50 points. His 35 goals are the sixth highest single-season output in program history, while his 50 points are the seventh. For the second season in a row he was honored by the CCC, this time as a first team selection.

His senior campaign saw the Leopards stand at 1-6 before a five-game win streak closed out the regular season and evened Wentworth’s record at 6-6. However, the streak would come to an end in the opening round of the CCC Tournament as the Leopards were defeated by Roger Williams, 6-5, in double overtime. He started all 13 games and finished the season with 25 goals and 15 assists for 40 points in addition to picking up 77 ground balls. For the second season in a row he led the team in goals scored and was second in total points, and, for the third season in a row he earned All-CCC honors as he was named to the first team.

Dahill started 44 of the 54 career games in which he played, scoring 94 goals and adding 55 assists for 149 career points, which ranks him third on the program’s all-time scoring list. His 55 career assists rank him third and his 94 goals rank him fourth among Wentworth’s men’s lacrosse players. Additionally, he ranks eighth in career games played and 10th in career games started.

A native and current resident of Hanover, Mass., Dahill has served as an Assistant Men’s Lacrosse Coach at MIT since 2007. Dahill earned his Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering Technology in 2005 and is employed at John Moriarty & Associates as a project superintendent.

CHRIS HARTMANN ’08 (Soccer)
A four-year starter at midfield and a two-year captain who helped the Leopard men’s soccer team to 45 wins during his career, Chris Hartmann becomes the fifth men’s soccer player to be inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame.

Hartmann had an impressive debut for the Black & Gold, scoring seven goals and adding nine assists for 23 points in 16 games. His nine assists led the team, while his 23 points were second among his teammates and he earned Second Team All-Commonwealth Coast Conference honors for his efforts. The Leopards finished the season with an 8-9 record, falling, 3-2 in overtime at Colby-Sawyer in the CCC Tournament.

As a sophomore, Hartmann helped Wentworth make its second ECAC Tournament appearance in program history as, in 19 games, he recorded a pair of goals and two assists for six points. The Leopards finished 9-10 that year, including advancing to the semifinals of the CCC Tournament. Prior to losing to Roger Williams in the semifinals, Wentworth defeated Salve Regina, 2-1, in overtime in a quarterfinal round game that featured a rare, late October snowstorm which made the field extremely difficult to play on for both squads.

The 2006 season saw the Leopards finish with a 13-2-1 record, including a perfect 8-0-0 mark on Sweeney Field. Hartmann, who earned Second Team All-CCC Honors and All-New England honors, tallied eight goals and three assists for 19 points, good for second among his teammates. Half of his goals were game-winning markers, including in a 2-1 win over Colby-Sawyer in the final game of the season as well as two goals in an early-season 3-3 tie against long-standing rival Roger Williams.

Hartmann saved his best offensive season for his senior season as he set new program records with 42 points and 16 goals while his 10 assists were the second-highest in a single season by a Leopard men’s soccer player. The Leopards finished the season with a program-best 15 wins and advanced to both the CCC finals and the ECAC finals. In his final game on Sweeney Field, Hartmann scored all three goals in a 3-0 win over Southern Maine in the ECAC Quarterfinals. He also assisted on both goals in a 2-1 win over Framingham State and scored the lone goal in the Leopards’ 2-1 loss at Norwich in the championship game. He earned First Team All-CCC honors and, for the second straight season, was an All-New England selection.

Starting all 73 games in which he played during his career, Hartmann finished with 33 goals and 24 assists for 90 points. He ranks first in program history in assists, second in games started, and third in goals, points, and game-winning goals (nine), while ranking eighth in program history in games played.

After graduating in 2008 with his Bachelor’s degree in Architecture, Hartmann remained a key part of the program, serving as an assistant coach for two seasons. During his second season as an assistant coach (2009), Wentworth made its second CCC finals appearance in three seasons and captured the ECAC Division III New England Championship with a 1-0 win over Castleton State in a game played on Sweeney Field.

A native of Hopewell Junction, N.Y., Hartmann, who earned his Master’s degree in architecture from Boston Architectural College this past May, is employed by Stop & Shop as a store planning specialist.

SHERRAD PREZZIE-BLUE ’08 (Basketball)
Becoming the 10th men’s basketball player to be inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame, Sherrad Prezzie-Blue enjoyed an outstanding career on the hardwood; a career that has continued since his collegiate playing days ended.

As a freshman, Prezzie-Blue earned Commonwealth Coast Conference Rookie of the Week honors five times, which eventually led to his being named the CCC Rookie of the Year. He started all of the Leopards’ 24 games and led the team in scoring, averaging 15.5 points per game to go along with 3.8 rebounds, 2.3 assists, and 1.5 steals per game. Additionally, he led the team with 37 three pointers made, connecting on 42.5 percent of shots taken behind the arc and shot nearly 71 percent from the free throw line.

On the heels of winning just six games during his freshman season, the Leopards began to turn the corner in his sophomore season. Starting all 26 of the team’s games, he again led the team in scoring, averaging 14.2 points to go along with 3.2 rebounds, 2.8 assists, and 1.5 steals per game. Prezzie-Blue shot just under 46 percent from the floor, led the team with 32 three pointers made, and made nearly 85 percent of his free throws. In a 68-67 win over Roger Williams in the quarterfinals of the CCC Tournament – Wentworth’s first appearance in five years – he scored 26 points, but none were bigger than his game-winning jump shot with 1.4 seconds left to give the Leopards the upset victory. Prezzie-Blue was named Honorable Mention All-CCC.

Prezzie-Blue’s junior season saw the Leopards overcame win the 2007 CCC Championship and earn a berth in the NCAA Tournament for just the second time in program history. The road to the championship was not an easy one as Wentworth needed to win three games against higher seeds to accomplish this. Prezzie-Blue averaged 23.7 points per game during the CCC Tournament and assisted on the game-winning basket in a 69-68 upset win at Gordon in the semifinals. The 2007 CCC Player of the Year averaged 19.8 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.8 assists, and 1.6 steals per game while shooting  54.6 percent from the floor, 45.1 percent from behind the three-point arc, and 81 percent from the free throw line. His 575 points that season are the second highest single-season point total in program history and he was named all-region by both D3Hoops.com and the National Association of Basketball Coaches.

As a senior, Prezzie-Blue earned First Team All-CCC honors after averaging 18.6 points, 2.4 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 1.8 steals per game and shooting 46.4 percent from the floor and 81.3 percent from the free throw line. He tied the program record for points in a game with 36 in a 91-89 win at Framingham State and in his final collegiate game, a 73-61 loss at Gordon, he poured in 29 points on 10-of-18 shooting, including burying six three pointers.

Having started in all 104 of the Leopards’ games during his career, Prezzie-Blue ends his career as the program’s career leader in three point field goals made with 195 and is second in scoring with 1,781 points, field goals made (659), and steals (165), and third with 288 career assists. He averaged 17.1 points per game, which also ranks him third on Wentworth’s career list.

A native of Norwalk, Conn., Prezzie-Blue earned his Bachelor’s degree in Management in 2008. Since then he has enjoyed a fine career playing professional basketball internationally. For five seasons he competed on three different teams in Great Britain and he was unable to be in attendance this evening as he recently signed a contract with the Mongomo Basketball Club in Equatorial Guinea where he and his teammates will be competing for the African Cup Championships.

BOB TRIVERI ’55 (Baseball)
Nearly 100 years ago Wentworth, then known as Wentworth Institute, fielded its very first intercollegiate team. Many notable players have worn a Wentworth uniform throughout the years, including the 10th member of the program to be inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame, Bob Triveri.

A native of Taunton, Mass., Triveri played for the Black & Gold in 1954 and 1955 at a time where Wentworth was a two-year school. In fact, the team played its home games on campus, in the area where the Quad, the Flanagan Campus Center, and the Nelson Recreation Center sit today.

Triveri hadn’t considered playing baseball when he arrived at Wentworth as he was a commuter and the train schedule did not lend itself too well for afterschool activities. He was convinced by a classmate, however, to try out and he made the team in his first year. He played for legendary head coach Joe Tansey, for whom the gymnasium is named and a charter member of the Athletic Hall of Fame. A shortstop, Triveri was referred to by Tansey as “the best glove man on the team.” While admitting that he didn’t have one of the higher averages on the team, Triveri recalled that he did get many clutch hits during his career.

During the 1954 season Wentworth finished the season with an 8-3-1 record and a year later the Technicians (as they were called back then) were 7-4. Triveri was the team’s captain during the 1955 campaign and was named the team’s most valuable played.

Graduating from Wentworth with a degree in Architectural Construction in 1955, Triveri went to work as a structural draftsman at Jackson & Moreland upon graduating before being drafted to serve in the Army. While serving our country for two years, he continued his baseball career, playing shortstop on a battalion team in Fort Belvoir, Va. In 1957 he was selected to play on the Fort Belvoir team that played in the 1957 Second Army Tournament.

His passion for baseball never waned, however, as Triveri coached Little League and Babe Ruth Baseball teams in Walpole, Mass. for several years. He guided one of his teams to a perfect 22-0 record and won the town championship. That year he was named the league’s coach of the year.

Triveri went on to earn a Bachelor’s degree from Northeastern in 1968 and spent 35 years working for GTE Government Systems. He began working as a draftsman and worked his way up to facilities manager, a position he held for 20 years before retiring in 1993. After he retired he spent several years in the consulting industry.

He and his wife of 51 years, Marcia, reside in Walpole, Mass. They are the parents of three children.