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New England College to Induct Four Former Student-Athlete Standouts into Athletic Hall of Fame

Athletic Hall of Fame

New England College is proud to announce the 2014 inductees into the Athletic Hall of Fame. This year New England College will honor four former student-athletes whose outstanding character and ability have contributed to the ongoing success of the New England College Athletic Program.

NEC will recognize two former men’s ice hockey athletes, including Dennis “Red” Gendron who graduated in 1979 and more recent graduate Jeremy Koning who garnered his diploma in 2006.

Dennis “Red” Gendron was a leader on defense for the Pilgrims from 1975-79 and served as a team captain in his sophomore, junior and senior seasons.  For his career Gendron totaled 92 points, including 31 goals and 61 assists, leading the Pilgrims in assists in both 78-79 and 75-76 seasons.  In addition to his time on the ice Gendron was three-year memeber of the baseball team.

Jeremy Koning was also a leader on offense over his four seasons with the Pilgrims.  Koning totaled 143 points, including 53 goals and 90 assists during his time as a Pilgrim.  He led the team to 76 wins from 2002-2006, including an Eastern College Athletic Association (ECAC) East Championship and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament in 2005.

Koning garnered several awards in 2005-06, including JOFA Second Team East All-American, ECAC East First Team All-Conference, New England Hockey Writers’ All-Star and All-U.S. College Hockey Online (USCHO) Second Team.

NEC is also proud to recognize the Hall of Fame’s first women’s ice hockey inductee, 2008 graduate Elizabeth Ross.  Ross was a two sport athlete at New England College excelling in both women’s ice hockey and softball for the Pilgrims.

On the ice Ross led the Pilgrims to 53 wins over four seasons, leading the team in scoring both her sophomore and junior seasons.  Ross currently holds the program record for most career goals finishing with 60 and is tied for the school record in career points with 130.  Ross was named to the ECAC East All-Honorable Mention Team in both 2006 and in 2007.

On the diamond Ross anchored the Pilgrim outfield seeing the bulk of her time at the center field position.  Ross finished her career hitting .310 with 130 hits 86 runs scored and 56 stolen bases.  She was named Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Second Team All-Conference in 2006 and 2007 and was named to the CCC All Honorable Mention Team in 2008.

Rounding out the inductees will be field hockey and softball standout Amanda Lester.  Lester graduated from New England College in 2008 and played four seasons of both field hockey and softball.

On the field hockey field Lester helped lead the Pilgrims to 61 wins, four CCC Championships and four NCAA Tournament appearances.  Lester is the current record holder at NEC for most goals and most points in a single season and holds the career records in both points and in goals completing her career with 94 goals and 212 points.

Lester was named National Field Hockey Coaches’ Association (NFHCA) First Team All-American in 2007, NFHCA Third Team All-American in 2006 and was named CCC First Team All-Conference in 2005, 2006 and 2007.

Lester was a four-year catcher for the Pilgrims in softball.  She hit .323 for her career with 136 hits and 77 runs scored. Lester was named CCC First Team All-Conference in 2008 and CCC All-Honorable Mention Team in 2006.

The inductees will be honored during New England College’s Homecoming Weekend which will be held September 26-28.  For more information or to reserve your spot please email the Advancement Office at alumni@nec.edu or call 603.428.2398.