WOOD-RIDGE, N.J. – Felician College President Dr. Anne M. Prisco presented for induction two ex-student-athletes, a former coach and a championship team into the Felician College Athletics Hall of Fame at the group's second annual banquet and induction ceremony on Friday night at The Fiesta.
In her opening remarks, Dr. Prisco provided the more than 120 Felician faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends in attendance with an update on the many improvements slated for the College's Rutherford campus. She ended with a quote from former basketball coaching great Phil Jackson: "Love is the force that ignites the spirit and binds teams together."
Women's basketball standout Audrey Lundy '02, formerly of Vineland, became the first former student-athlete to enter Felician's Hall of Fame. Lundy is the second-leading scorer and third-leading rebounder in program history.
After being introduced by her college coach, current Felician director of athletics Ben DiNallo Jr., Lundy told the gathered throng about several life lessons she had learned through participation in athletics, including humility, discipline and teamwork. Today, she is a social worker in Cincinnati, Ohio, working with homeless youth, and is pursuing a MSW from the University of Cincinnati.
Next to the dais was Anthony Scorciolla of Roseland, who served as the Golden Falcons' men's soccer coach from 1997-2006. In 10 years he won 89 games and two Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference championships. Scorciolla was introduced by fellow Hall-of-Famer Bob Symons, Felician's first athletics director. He then spent most of his acceptance speech thanking Symons for hiring him and serving as a mentor.
"In the end, only four things matter," Sciorciolla said. "What you say, how you say it, what you do, and ho w you do it. Bob taught me that there was more than one way to get my points across to my players."
Scorciolla remained at the podium to introduce his starting center back in 1999 and 2000, Kwame Telamaque of Ottawa, Ontario. A Third-Team NAIA All-American in 2000, Telemaque was Felician's first All-American above the honorable-mention level in any sport. He then played six years professionally in five countries.
In the midst of several thank-yous, Telemaque invited to the podium the other two members of the 2000 team's starting defensive unit, Aidan O'Brien and Sacha Pavic to share the spotlight. "I didn't score many goals, I didn't make many saves, but someone must have thought I did something well for me to be here tonight, and I am thankful," Telemaque said.
The 2000 Felician Men's Soccer Team was the final inductee of the evening. The Golden Falcons won the program's first CACC and NAIA Regional championship that season, and set a team record for wins (15) that still stands. Sixteen out of 18 team members were in attendance on Friday.
After the team was introduced by assistant coach Mike Mueller '00, team captain Trevor Russell '02 gave the acceptance speech. Russell, of Dublin, Ireland, was Felician's first international player to enjoy a four-year career.
"I wanted to leave after my freshman year, but Tony Scorciolla made a promise to me, that he was going to recruit hard and make the program successful," Russell said. "Well, Tony and Mike recruited a group of boys and turned them into a family of men."
Earlier this month, Felician began its 19th season of varsity intercollegiate athletics.