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Week of 4 December 1998

Vol. II, No. 16



Women's Basketball

At the Wednesday, December 9, game vs. Brown University, Toys for Tots will be collecting holiday gifts for needy children. Game time is 7 p.m. at Case Gym. Donations will also be accepted at the Saturday, December 12, men's hockey game vs. UMass-Lowell at Walter Brown Arena. Face-off is 7 p.m.

Men's hockey

Upcoming home games: Friday, December 4, vs. UMass-Amherst (WABU-TV Channel 68, WROL-AM 950); Saturday, December 12, vs. UMass-Lowell (WROL-AM 950). Both games start at 7 p.m. at Walter Brown Arena.


BU athletes dominate first New England Women's Sports Hall of Fame induction

By Amy Dean

Four out of eleven ain't bad.

Neither is sharing the limelight with Olympic swimming gold medalist and first female network television sportscaster Donna de Varona; ESPN and ABC broadcaster Robin Roberts, who also calls WNBA play-by-play; five members of the Wheaties-fueled 1998 U.S. Olympic gold-medal ice hockey team; Jane Blalock, the first woman golfer to earn more than $100,000 four years in a row; Ernestine Bayer, who started the first U.S. women's rowing organization in the late 1930s and rowed despite being told she would get tuberculosis (male rowers were somehow immune); and spark plug Mary Caron Armstrong, who sprinted onstage at a youthful 84 to accept the Trailblazer award, replicating her gold-medal performance as anchor in the 4 x 100 relay at the 1932 Olympics.

Figure skater Tenley Albright, circa 1950s. Photo by BU Photo Services

The fact that BU shared in the lives of nearly half the New England Women's Sports Hall of Fame inductees is astounding. Each of the BU-linked fabulous four female athletes who took to the stage to be inducted in the first wave on September 23 in front of the crowd of 800-plus at Boston's Roxy nightclub was honored for the incredible and indelible mark she has made on the pages of sports history.

Dr. Tenley Albright, who served on the Board of Visitors of Sargent College and whose surgeon father joined the BU School of Medicine in 1937 as an assistant in surgery and taught from 1942 to the early 1980s, strapped on silver skates at the '52 Olympics at the age of 16 and then four years later laced up gold at the '56 &emdash; after being stricken by polio at 10 and using skating as a form of rehabilitation. Albright, herself a surgeon, draws upon her training and experience as a world-class skater in the operating room.

"When I was competing, we were outdoors," she says. "So despite all my preparation, I never knew whether I would be skating in a snowstorm or whether it would be raining or windy. I've learned to expect the unexpected. You don't always know what you'll find when you open a patient, and you have to be prepared." She was represented at the induction by daughter Erin Schran, also a skater, who voiced what it was like to have a gold-medalist mom. "My mother wouldn't let me see her old skating films until I was 16 years old and I already loved skating," she says. Today Schran runs a Learn to Skate program in Boston, helping inner city kids have fun on the ice while building self-confidence.

Track and field inductee Joan Benoit Samuelson, BU track and field coach from 1981 to 1983, is best known for her gold-medal triumph in the first running of the women's marathon, at the 1984 Olympics. Also a two-time winner of the grueling Boston Marathon and the current guardian of the U.S. women's marathon record of 2:21:21, which she set in Chicago in 1985, Samuelson began running at a time when the longest distance thought safe for women was 800 meters. In her junior year of high school, that distance was increased to a mile, but it was believed that "anything further would do bodily harm, and I couldn't have kids," Samuelson says. Now a proud mother of two &emdash; Abby, age 10, and Anders, age 8 &emdash; Samuelson dedicated her award "to all the young women who follow in our footsteps and inspire us day in and day out."

The most resounding applause of the evening was for All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (1943-1954) players Mary Pratt (SAR'40), on-the-mound southpaw for the Rockford Peaches, and Madeline "Maddy" English (SED'57), who hugged third base for the Racine Belles. Pratt and English have done what no other women have done before &emdash; and perhaps never will again: they played pro ball, were paid for it, and are now inductees in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y.

The BU Connection: New England Women's Sports Hall of Famers (from left) Joan Benoit Samuelson, Maddy English, and Mary Pratt. Photo by BU Photo Services

Pratt and English each paid tribute to the film A League of Their Own, a fictionalized chronicle of the AAGPBL. English honored film director Penny Marshall by saying, "Without you, our story would never have been told." Pratt fought back tears while lamenting that dear friend and teammate Dottie Green, the Peaches' catcher played by Geena Davis (SFA'79) in the film, could not be on stage with her. "Unfortunately, we lost Dottie shortly after the movie," Pratt said, and added, "My last wish would be that both young and old remember what sports have done for us. We must remember to return to sports what we have gained from it. Please remember the kiddos who are coming after us."

After the creation of 10 categories of sports and the nomination of two athletes in each sport, over 3,000 members of the public voted on the winners through the Internet, the Boston Globe, and by balloting at the Square One Mall in Saugus, Mass. The New England Women's Sports Hall of Fame is a joint project between the New England Women's Fund and Square One Mall. For more information, con-tact the New England Women's Fund, Box 41, Brookline, Mass. 02446; 617-731-5600; e-mail newfund@aol.com; or visit its Web site at www.newfund.com.


Terrier Scoreboard

Men's Basketball

Women's Basketball

Nov. 17

UNC-Charlotte 65, BU 50

Nov. 7

BU 74, Nor'Easter Storm 64 (exhibition)

Nov. 22

Alabama 75, BU 52

Nov. 13

Slovakian Lokomo-tiva Kosice 76, BU 62 (exhibition)

Nov. 27

Miami of Ohio 70, BU 53

Nov. 14

Harvard 81, BU 74 (OT)

Nov. 30

BU 58, American 65

Nov. 23

Dartmouth 92, BU 76

Nov. 29

BU 73, Marist 60

Women's Crew

Field Hockey

Nov. 14

BU finished 4th and 11th in the varsity eight at the Foot of the Charles Regatta

Nov. 6

UNH 3, BU 2 (at the America East Tournament)

Men's Ice Hockey

Women's Ice Hockey

Nov. 6

BU 9, Princeton 1

Nov. 11

BU 12, Holy Cross 5

Nov. 13

UNH 3, BU 1

Nov. 11

BU 9, UMass-Lowell 2

Nov. 14

BU 2, UNH 2

Women's Rugby

Nov. 20

BC 6, BU 2

Oct. 31

BU 19, Babson 0

Nov. 21

BU 4, BC 2

Nov. 7

BU 17, Mount Holyoke 5

Nov. 24

Harvard 5, BU 3

Nov. 14

BU 15, Providence 12

Nov. 27

Clarkson 4, BU 2

Nov. 14

BU 14, UMaine-Farm-ington 5 (Division III New England Championships)

Nov. 28

BU 2, Saint Lawrence 1

Men's Soccer

Women's Soccer

Nov. 6

Drexel 2, BU 0 (at the America East Tournament)

Nov. 6

UNH 1, BU 0

Men's Swimming

Women's Swimming

Nov. 7

BU 150.5, UNH 141.5

Nov. 7

UNH 153, BU 145

Nov. 14

UMass-Amherst 166, BU 129

Nov. 14

UMass-Amherst 155, BU 154

Nov. 21

BU 184, Northeastern 116

Men's Tennis


Nov. 6

BU eliminated from ITA Eastern Region Championships

Nov. 21

BU finished 6th in a field of 9 at the Navy Classic