Babson Athletics Announces 2017 Hall of Fame Inductees

Babson Athletics Announces 2017 Hall of Fame Inductees

BABSON PARK, Mass.—The Babson College Athletics Hall of Fame Committee released the names of five former standouts who will be inducted into the 2017 Hall of Fame on Friday, April 7, at the Babson Executive Conference Center (BECC). The 16th induction class includes Chris Connors '93 of men's soccer, Jay Conroy '81 of men's lacrosse, softball and field hockey's Colleen Kelly Pulaski '04, Meg Lynch '08 of women's swimming & diving and soccer, and Carson Thurber '06 of men's alpine skiing.
 
One of the top scorers in program history, Connors was a three-time Constitution Athletic Conference (CAC) honoree and capped his career by earning National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-America and All-New England honors in 1992.  He ranks fourth all-time in goals (33) and his 82 points are good for seventh on the school's career list. Connors scored 10 or more goals in each of his final three campaigns and helped the Beavers win NCAA Tournament games in four consecutive seasons, highlighted by a trip to the Division III Final Four in 1991.
 
A four-year starter and two-time all-conference selection, Conroy was one of the top players during the men's lacrosse program's most successful era. He currently ranks third in goals (126), assists (82) and points (208) and helped the Green and White reach the NCAA Division II Tournament in 1979, which is still the only national tournament appearance in program history. Conroy, along with 2013 Babson Athletics Hall of Fame inductee Chris Grant '81, also helped the program record a school record 17-game winning streak that spanned parts of both the 1978 and 1979 seasons.
 
Kelly, who earned three All-New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) honors apiece in softball and field hockey, enjoyed one of the best two-sport careers in school history. As a pitcher, she ranks first in innings pitched (484.1) and complete games (65), second in shutouts (15), third in ERA (1.78) and wins (44), and sixth with 280 strikeouts. Kelly is also one of the top hitters in program history, ranking second in home runs (15) and RBI (141), third in slugging percentage (.593) and doubles (51), and fourth in total bases (274). Additionally, she is first all-time in field hockey with a 1.19 goals against average and ranks second in save percentage (.852), wins (44), winning percentage (.694) and shutouts (14) to go along with 472 career saves.
 
One of the most decorated two-sport athletes in Babson history, Lynch made her mark in the pool and on the soccer field from 2004-08. An eight-time NEWMAC champion and 11-time all-conference honoree, she holds seven individual program records, was selected as the NEWMAC Swimmer of the Year in 2006, and qualified for the NCAA Championships in both the butterfly and individual medley in 2007. Additionally, Lynch enjoyed an outstanding soccer career scoring 13 goals and totaling 30 points in 76 career matches. She was named to the All-NEWMAC first team three times and collected NSCAA all-region honors on three occasions.
 
One of just two five-time All-America selections in men's alpine skiing, Thurber enjoyed unparalleled success on the slopes from 2003-06. He earned All-America honors in the slalom, giant slalom and combined standings at the 2004 United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association (USCSA) National Championships and added All-America finishes in the GS in both 2005 and 2006. Thurber, who was a four-time USCSA All-East region selection, reached USCSA nationals as an individual in 2003 and 2004, and helped the Beavers qualify as a team in each of his final two seasons for the first time in close to two decades.

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