SNHU Names Five To Athletic Hall of Fame

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Southern New Hampshire University athletic director Chip Polak has announced the addition of Bob Cruz '68, Waymon Boone '94, Mats Nyqvist '99, Mark Perec '99 and Lotta Thunberg '98 to the University's Athletic Hall of Fame. All five will be inducted Sunday (Oct. 2) during Alumni Weekend festivities. With the addition of the 2005 inductees, the SNHU Athletic Hall of Fame now consists of 71 individuals.

Cruz excelled on the basketball court and baseball field and was named SNHU's Male Athlete of the Year as a senior in 1968. He led the basketball team to back-to-back 20-win seasons and a Greater Boston Small College Athletic Conference title in 1966. As a member of the baseball team he guided the Penmen to back-to-back New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association championships.

Boone was a as a three-year member of the basketball team and led the program to a combined 81-16 record, three NCAA Tournament appearances and back-to-back appearances in the NCAA Tournament "Final Four". He collected all-region and all-conference honors as a senior after ranking second on the team in scoring (18.5 ppg), rebounding (5.8 rpg) and assists (5.9 apg). A native of the Bronx, N.Y., he was named MVP of the 1994 NCAA Northeast Regional and closed out his career ranked 20th in career points (1,255) among SNHU's all-time leaders.

Nyqvist, a native of Karlstad, Sweden, was a three-year starter for the men's soccer team and led the program to a combined 46-7-5 record and two NCAA Tournament appearances. He collected all-league honors each of his three seasons and was named first-team all-region and second-team all-America in 1998. He was also selected to play in the prestigious Umbro/Select All-Star Classic as a senior. A dominating defender who started 57 of 58 games over his career, he headed up a backline that allowed just 35 goals in 58 games over his three seasons.

Perec was a four-year member of the baseball team and led the team to its only ECAC Division II title in 1997. He posted a school-record 8-0 record and a 1.23 earned run average during the 1997 season, and became the program's first and only all-American. A native of Worcester, Mass., he also collected Northeast region and New England Collegiate Conference Pitcher of the Year honors in 1997. He ranks first in career strikeouts (199) and career victories (19) among SNHU's all-time leaders.

Thunberg, a native of Mora, Sweden, was a three-year member of the women's soccer team and started all 57 games over her career. She totaled 22 assists in 1997, which led all Division II players and established a school-record for assists in a season. A second-team all-America selection in 1997, she ranks second in career assists (45) and fifth in career points (97) among SNHU's all-time leaders. An outstanding student as well, she earned Academic All-America honors in 1997 and was twice selected SNHU's Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

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