NORTH ANDOVER, MA — Wilmington resident Judy O’Connell will be among the eight inductees into this year’s Merrimack College Athletics Hall of Fame.
O’Connell is one of the Merrimack College’s best softball players in program history. She is a three-time All-American and three-time CoSIDA Academic All-American (1993, 1994, 1995).
O’Connell, a 1995 graduate, was a key player on the school’s 1994 National Championship Softball team, leading the team with a .482 batting average, 35 runs scored, 54 hits, 10 HR, 54 RBIs and only nine strikeouts. She ranks third in single-season batting average (.482), second in single-season RBI’s (54); seventh in career batting average (.398) and fourth in career home runs (28) and RBIs (148).
A cum laude graduate, she was part of four straight NE10 regular season and tournament teams as part of the mid-1990’s softball dynasty, helping the Warriors win both titles every season while qualifying for three straight NCAA Tournaments and reaching the Division II College World Series in back-to-back years (1994, 1995).
O’Connell served as team captain in her final two seasons and was named NE10 Player and Rookie of the Year over the course of her decorated career.
O’Connell’s 1994 softball team will also be enshrined into Merrimack College’s Athletics Hall of Fame this year. The team became the first-ever National Champion in Northeast-10 Conference history and the first team from the Northeast/Eat/New England region to capture a national softball championship. The Warriors dominated from start to finish that season, losing only four games while winning a school-record 45 on their way to the national title.
Other 2018 inductees include: Amanda (Baldwin) Mayock (Class of 2001, Women’s Lacrosse); Nancy (Daly) Dwyer (Class of 1994, Women’s Soccer); April Daugherty (Class of 2013, Field Hockey); Jim Hrivnak (Class of 1989, Men’s Ice Hockey); Corey Lunney (Class of 2013, Men’s Lacrosse); and Ken Duane (1980, Distinguished Honoree).
The 2018 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place on Friday, October 26, 2018 at at 7pm in the Merrimack Athletics Complex. The event coincides with the College’s annual Homecoming Weekend, which includes a number of home athletics events, including four different teams playing on campus leading up to the induction ceremony.
“We are proud to honor all these outstanding student-athletes, and generous supporters of our programs, who helped make Merrimack the success it is today,” said President Dr. Christopher E. Hopey. “These men and women excelled on and off the field as members of the Merrimack community, and we hold them up as examples to current and future students, and to the world, of what the Warrior spirit embodies.”
“The 2018 Hall of Fame Class honors a number of highly deserving student-athletes and special contributors, as well as one of the most successful teams to ever wear a Merrimack uniform,” Director of Athletics Jeremy Gibson said. “This class includes the first-ever inductees from two of our women’s programs, as well as the first group to be inducted as a team. We are thrilled to welcome them all to Merrimack’s Athletic Hall of Fame!”
(NOTE: The above information is from Merrimack College.)
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