KEUKA PARK, N.Y. – The Keuka College Department of Athletics inducted five individuals and three teams as a part of the Class of 2016 into the Keuka College Athletics Hall of Fame on Saturday night.
Cindy Skovrinski '79 – Women's Basketball
Cindy Skovrinski was an all-around asset to coach Harold Gray and the Keuka College Women's Basketball team. During her time in Keuka Park, Skovrinski was one of the top rebounders on the team. She still ranks in the top 10 in school history with 566 rebounds in her career. Skovrinski's leadership skills were on display while a member of the Lakesiders Basketball team. She helped guide Keuka College to wins over Cornell, Colgate, Niagara, St. Bonaventure, and area rival William Smith. Most notably, Cindy Skovrinski was a member of the 1977-78 Keuka College Basketball team that defeated an undefeated Syracuse University in Manley Field House.
"The game has grown in importance over the years. I feel that I won an Olympic medal with beating Syracuse women's team at the Manley field house. It is just a elevated feeling of beating a Division 1 team."
Matt Donahoe '89 – Men's Basketball
Matt Donahoe made an instant impact on the Men's Basketball team upon arrival at Keuka College. The Cato, NY native was a member of the 1985-86 Men's Basketball team, the first male team in the modern era of Keuka College Athletics, and went on to have a successful career with the Green and Gold. He still sits atop the Keuka College Record Book with 438 steals over his four seasons in Keuka Park. Donahoe finished his career with 1,264 points, one of just 12 players in Keuka College history to score over 1,000 points. Donahoe's total is the third most all time in school history. He also ranks in the top 10 on the Keuka College career list for assists (235), field goals (500), three pointers (138), and is second in career free throw percentage (83%). During his senior season, Donahoe scored 36 points in a victory over Brockport, tied for sixth most in school history and was one point shy of the record at the time.
Hilary Hughes-Grana '90 – Women's Soccer
Hilary Hughes came to Keuka College with high school teammate, Tracy Merkley, and the two helped lead the Keuka College Women's Soccer team to new heights. Lisa Fuchs joined the dynamic duo as the first All-Americans in college history during the 1986 season. Hughes anchored a defensive back line that carried Keuka College to the NAIA Eastern Regionals. In her career, Hughes ranks eighth for assists in a career with 17. Overall, she helped guide Keuka College to 41 wins and a .664 winning percentage. The 1986 team set a school record with 12 wins. The mark was broken a year later with 13 wins in 1987, a total that still ties for the most in program history. Over her career, Hughes was also named NAIA All-Eastern Team and Keuka College MVP.
"I am very honored to be inducted into the Keuka Sports Hall of Fame. I LOVED my years at Keuka and my time on the soccer field. Our team was family, we pulled together, played with our hearts and surprised a lot of competition along the way. We were always, 'Good to Go. Hold the O'"
Tracy Merkley '91 – Women's Soccer
Tracy Merkley remains one of the top goalkeepers in Keuka College Women's Soccer history. The impact she had on the program was felt immediately, leading Keuka College to the NAIA Eastern Regionals as a freshman in goal. She was honored, along with teammates Hilary Hughes and Lisa Fuchs, as All-Americans, the first in Keuka College history across any sport. To this day, Merkley's 785 career saves is atop the Keuka College Record Book and is a mark that may stand the test of time. She also ranks fourth all time or higher in career shutouts and career goals against average. Highlighting her senior season was a school record 258 saves, breaking the previous record of 221, which Merkley set in 1988.
"The game of soccer was never a hobby or a way to pass my time, it was a way of life. My high school and college years were focused on the game and my team. Saving the shots and bringing home a win. My choice to attend Keuka College was focused on soccer and being a part of an amazing team. I am truly honored that 30 years later, our team has been recognized as a historic part of the history of sports here at Keuka."
Chelsea Socha '11 – Cross Country
Chelsea Socha literally rewrote the Keuka College Cross Country Record Book during her tenure in Keuka Park. To date, Socha has nine of the ten fastest 5k times in school history, the top two 4k times in school history, and four of the top five 6k times in school history. Her 5k time of 20:19, which is ranked fifth overall, came at the 2009 North Eastern Athletic Conference Championships. Socha won a sprint to the finish line, winning by 1.2 seconds to claim Keuka College's first and only NEAC Individual Cross Country Championship. Socha actually lowered her time in 2010, but was runner-up, earning First Team All-Conference honors. Socha excelled in the classroom as well while at Keuka, earning NEAC Scholar-Athlete honors.
"I feel incredibly honored to be joining this group of distinguished KC Alumni. My performance on the cross country team is a direct reflection of the dedication of our coach, each friendly, encouraging and enthusiastic team member, and the overall supportive atmosphere here at Keuka College. I am a proud former KC collegiate athlete!"
1977-78 Women's Basketball Team
The 1977-78 Keuka College Women's Basketball team entered a Saturday night meeting with Syracuse University with an undefeated record. Syracuse was undefeated as well and playing on their home court. The Lakesiders could not get past Syracuse, losing the previous three matchups by a combined eight points. Keuka College had a 35-26 lead at the half, but the lead shrunk in the second. Syracuse had a 64-61 lead with 48 seconds left play. Cindy Skovrinski made a basket and Maureen Mussenden followed that up with two points of her own. Skovrinski grabbed the final rebound from Syracuse's last attempt as Keuka rallied for the 65-64 victory over Syracuse University at Manley Field House.
1985-86 Men's Basketball Team
In the fall of 1985, Keuka College decided to return to being a co-educational institution for the first time since World War I. The 1985-86 Men's Basketball team was the first male team in the modern era of Keuka College Athletics. On Friday, November 15, 1985, Head Coach David Sweet led the Warriors against the Community College of the Finger Lakes and defeated the Lakers 89-74. They would go on to post a 16-6 record in their first season. The 16 wins remains tied for third most in program history. They also posted the third highest winning percentage in history and the 1985-86 Men's Basketball team is the Keuka College all-time leader in field goal percentage. The team also featured two of the three all-time leading scorers at Keuka College in Shawn Reed and Matt Donahoe.
1986 Women's Soccer Team
The 1986 Keuka College Women's Soccer team is one of the most successful teams in Keuka College history. They posted a 12-3-1 record, was declared district champions, and advanced to the NAIA Eastern Regionals. They dropped the opening game of the regionals to host and now Division I Elon, 1-0, but rebounded for a 1-0 victory over Castleton State to claim 3rd place in the region. The Warriors featured a prolific offense. Their 71 goals and 204 total points still stand as program records. Their .781 is the best winning percentage in women's soccer history at Keuka College. During the year, they went unbeaten for 10 straight games, second longest run in school history. Following the season, three members of the team, Hilary Hughes, Tracy Merkley, and Lisa Fuchs, were honored as NAIA All-Americans, the first in school history.