|THE KEENE STATE COLLEGE MAGAZINE FOR ALUMNI AND FRIENDS||VOLUME XIX NUMBER 1 Fall 2003|
Hall of Fame Welcomes '03 Inductees
Situated in the lobby of Spaulding Gym, the plaque honoring the 71 individuals and 14 teams of Keene State's Alumni-Athletic Hall of Fame reads: "To preserve the tradition of the past, to meet the challenge of the present, to enhance the quality of the future for Keene State athletics."
Inducted during Homecoming festivities, the 2003 inductees – Denise Lyons '90, soccer; Nicholas Morse '91, skiing; Kerrey Pilotte '97, field hockey; Robert Taft, cross country and track coach; and the 1993 KSC softball team – certainly exemplified those words.
Now in her 12th season as head coach of the KSC women's soccer team, Denise Lyons was a fiery competitor during her four-year playing career with the Owls (1986-89). Lyons, who still holds the KSC all-time assists record (31), was named to four All-New England teams and received All-America honors while leading her team to four postseason tournaments, including two trips to the NCAA Division II Nationals.
A member of the Keene State alpine ski squad, the only Owl team to compete at the Division I level during the regular season, Nick Morse had the distinction of participating in the 1989 and 1991 NCAA Nationals. An exemplary team leader, Morse had the focus and determination to come out on top against tough competition.
Kerrey Pilotte, one of the top forwards ever to wear a KSC field hockey uniform, was a two-time All-America during her four-year Owl career (1992-95). Noted for her end-to-end rushes across the field, the Littleton, N.H., native is presently fourth all-time in scoring, with 43 goals, 15 assists, and 101 points.
As head coach of the cross country/track team at Keene State from 1969 to 1978, Robert Taft put the Owls on the map as a top regional and national cross country power. His 1970 harriers became the first KSC team to compete at a national tournament (NAIA), and his 1975 squad placed 6th out of 44 teams at the NCAA Championships.
A team composed of savvy veterans and talented freshmen, the 1993 Keene State softball team has the distinction of becoming the first Owl softball squad inducted into the Hall of Fame. Posting a 28-9 record, the program's best mark in Division II, the Owls, led by Deb Muir '93 (.435 BA) and Sue Pranulis '94 (19-3, 0.96 ERA), went on to claim their second ECAC Div. II championship by sweeping a pair of games from Springfield College.