UMass Lowell names historic Hall of Fame class


UMass Lowell announced its next Hall of Fame Class on Monday, and the all-female class will ne honored at the annual Athletics Hall of Fame ceremony on Saturday, Oct. 16, as a part of the university’s homecoming celebrations.

The honorees include the 2010 NCAA Division 2 National Championship Field Hockey Team, Amber (Gagnon) Chouinard (‘03, softball) and Barbara (Ryder) Brennan (‘76, softball and basketball).

The 2010 national championship field hockey team completed an undefeated 24-0 record with the program’s second-ever NCAA Division 2 national championship. The River Hawks outscored opponents, 119-8, throughout the year. In addition to goals scored and goals allowed, the 2010 team still holds several other program records as well, including most shutouts in a season (17).

Tewksbury native Sammy Macy was a senior forward on that team and led the UML offense with 76 points and would later be named the Honda Division 2 National Athlete of the Year.

Other locals on that field hockey team were Chelmsford’s Chelsea Gillies, Jamie Hadley and Kayla MacDonald, and Littleton’s Janelle Decamillis. The team was coached by Shannon LeBlanc.

Chouinard was a four-year letter winner as a member of the softball program from 2000-2003. Regarded as one of the top players in the program’s history, the shortstop/pitcher appeared in 192 games and registered a .362 career batting average with 195 hits, 100 runs scored, 31 doubles, 16 triples, 15 home runs and 101 RBI.

In her final season with the River Hawks, she was named New England Intercollegiate Softball Coaches Association Player of the Year. On the mound, she posted a record of 17-10 with an ERA of 0.78.

Brennan, a Dracut native, was a two-sport athlete, playing both softball and basketball at Lowell State College and then the University of Lowell, becoming the first woman honored as the Outstanding Female Athlete (the Lester H. Cushing Award).

She was a four-year starter at first base and a captain in her junior and senior seasons. During the 1975 campaign, she batted .473 and led the team in every offensive category. That season, the Chiefs became the only known undefeated team in program history and was the first women’s team to compete in the postseason. Over four years, she compiled a batting average of .444 with a team record of 36-5 (.878 winning percentage).

Brennan was also a three-year member of the women’s basketball squad, leading the team in both free throws and rebounds.

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