SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (September 26, 2016) – Western New England University inducted six new members into its Downes Athletics Hall of Fame in a ceremony last Friday night at Rivers Memorial Hall.
Mike Flynn '82/G'83 (contributor), Laurie Matochik Devaney '86 (softball/volleyball), Scott Thornton '05 (men's soccer), Mark Bergey '06 (men's lacrosse), Jennifer Dabrowski Hover '08 (women's basketball), and Nicole Poli '11 (women's lacrosse/women's soccer) were enshrined in the 2016 class, the 18th in school history.
The six-person 2016 class brings the total number of Downes Hall of Fame inductees to 94. The Hall of Fame was established in 1999 to pay tribute to the outstanding performances of student-athletes, contributors, coaches, administrators and teams that have shaped the rich history of Western New England Athletics. It is named in honor of Arthur William "Red" Downes, a member of the Western New England coaching staff and faculty for 45 years who was inducted in the inaugural 1999 class.