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September 27, 2012

Salem State announces 2012 Hall of Fame class

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The President’s Cup Award winner as SSU’s top female athlete, Reardon also received the John D. Galaris Scholar Award as a senior.

Rowell is considered the father of the Vikings’ varsity men’s lacrosse program, putting together the school’s first club team and helping attain varsity status for the first time in 1997. He was a four-year captain and graduated in 1998.

Bonfanti graduated in 2001 and was a three-time all-conference honoree at the setter position. She set a school and MASCAC record by scoring 15 straight points in a conference match in 1998, was named to the MASCAC all-tournament team in 1998 and 1999, and was MVP in 1998.

Bruni, Class of 1976, is being inducted posthumously. He was named a golf All-American in 1973 after a trip to the NCAA championships. He was a member of two MASCAC championship teams and helped the Vikings win the 1971 New Engladn State College championship.

Niles played women’s basketball from 1996-1999 and ranks fifth all-time on the Lady Vikings career scoring list with 1,542 points. She helped Salem State reach four NCAA tournaments, including a Final Four appearance in 1999. She was MASCAC Player of the Year in 1997 while setting a Salem State record with 86 3-pointers.

Avrilla, who is also being enshrined posthumously, ranks sixth all-time on the Salem State hockey scoring list with 165 career points. He graduated in 1968 with school records for goals (26) and points (49) in a season, and today SSU’s leading scorer award is named in his honor. He is the third member of his teams to be enshrined, along with Mike Gilligan, Jerry Driscoll and Alan Fessenden, and had a large hand in making SSU one of the top Division 3 hockey programs in New England.

The Salem State Athletics Hall of Fame honors and perpetuates the memory of athletes, friends and coaches, who performed and contributed at the highest level of intercollegiate athletic competition while at Salem State University. Selection is based primarily on athletic accomplishments, integrity, sportsmanship and character. Individuals other than athletes may be named to the Hall of Fame in recognition of their services and dedication to the Salem State University athletic program.

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