Five Legendary Figures Compose Saint Michael's Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2022

Five Legendary Figures Compose Saint Michael's Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2022

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COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College Department of Athletics announced its 2022 Athletic Hall of Fame class on Thursday, with five new members set to be enshrined at the 33rd Athletic Hall of Fame Reception on Friday evening, Sept. 23, at the Roy Room in the College's Dion Family Student Center.

The Class of 2022 is comprised of: Pam (Melcher) Cobb '85, star soccer striker; Phil Fernandez '87, record-holding ice hockey goalie; Susan Fumagalli Mahoney '92, swimming & diving captain and veteran athletics administrator; Chloe Boutelle '15, NCAA Championship-qualifying cross country runner and two-sport captain; and Lindsay McNall '17, swimming & diving All-American and conference champion.

The Athletic Hall of Fame Reception, which is a cornerstone of the College's Alumni and Family Weekend, begins at 6 p.m. on Sept. 23. Additional details for Alumni and Family Weekend and the Hall of Fame ceremony will be available soon.

 

 

Pam (Melcher) Cobb '85, Soccer

Cobb, who grew up in Hampden, Mass., and now lives in Medway, Mass., remains one of the most prolific scorers in the history of Saint Michael's women's soccer, even nearly 40 years after her graduation. She scored 32 goals with seven assists for 71 points during three seasons of varsity play, with her goal total surpassed only by Hall of Famers Nicole Cremo '95 (43) and Michelle Bougor '98 (50), who played more than twice as many games as Cobb.

During her first fall on campus in 1981, the women's soccer team was in its final season as a club program. Cobb turned in three goals and three assists as the Purple Knights went 3-4, scoring in the team's first game, a 3-1 loss, which the Burlington Free Press noted came after Saint Michael's had held only two practices.

By her sophomore year, when the program went varsity, new head coach Al Flory referred to Cobb and four teammates as the "basic foundation" of the team in a The Defender story. Cobb was held in such high regard that she was named a captain for that 1982 season and would go on become one of the rare three-year captains in Saint Michael's Athletics history. Cobb recorded 33 points and 14 goals in 1982, figures surpassed only by Bougor and Cremo. She assisted Beth Roberts '85 on the first varsity goal in program history before going on a tear, totaling 13 goals and two assists in the next seven games. The Purple Knights posted a 4-6 record that initial varsity season.

Cobb totaled nine goals and one assist as each a junior and senior, with new coaches taking the helm each season. Saint Michael's was 5-5 under Bob Kasle in 1983 and 5-8 with Karen Martindell as head coach the following season. Student-athletes like Cobb were the stabilizing force behind those early teams; between 1981 and 1986, the Purple Knights had six coaches. Cobb and her teammates nearly pulled a shocker in just their second season of varsity play, as Cobb tallied in a 2-1 loss to Keene State University, which was ranked sixth in the nation. The next year, she turned in school records with four goals and 10 points in a 17-1 victory over Saint Joseph's (Vt.) College; the points mark still stands. Cobb was named the team's offensive MVP as a senior. During her three-year varsity career, the Purple Knights went 14-19, building the foundation for a program that was among the College's most successful by the end of the 1980s and into the early 1990s.

Cobb, who graduated with a degree in business administration, has embarked on a successful career in marketing. She was an advertising and promotions manager at Staples between 1987 and 1995, a marketing specialist for a year at Babson College, and has been director of marketing and office management at Cobb Brothers Company since 2011.

 

Phil Fernandez '87, Ice Hockey

Fernandez, a native of nearby Essex Junction and a long-time resident of Rutland, was the first great goaltender in the modern era of Saint Michael's men's ice hockey, still holding the program record for career wins (37) after graduating with marks in nearly every goaltending category.

After Saint Michael's returned to varsity status in 1982-83 for the first time in three decades, going 5-13, Fernandez joined the team as a first-year the next season. Success followed, as the Purple Knights went 44-42-1 overall and 39-28-1 in league play during his career, with the durable Fernandez going 37-37-1 while appearing in 76 of a possible 87 games over four years. Seventy-five of his outings were starts.

While Fernandez still holds the school record for wins, which has not been challenged in nearly 20 years, his other records have fallen. Fernandez's standards for career saves (2,320) and minutes (4,307:59) lasted until Simon Theberge '02 eclipsed both in 2002, and his long-enduring consecutive shutout minutes record finally fell in 2018-19.

While starting 15 of 20 games as a rookie in 1983-84, Fernandez was 9-6 for a team that went 12-8 overall and 9-4 in Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III, posting 32.7 saves per game. He holds the distinction of backstopping the Purple Knights to their first shutout of the modern era, 4-0 versus Plymouth State University on Jan. 31, 1984. Fernandez was the undisputed starter as a sophomore, starting 19 of 22 games while going 9-10 with 29.8 saves per game and one shutout. The Purple Knights were slightly under .500 overall, at 10-12, but went 10-8 in ECAC Division III.

Fernandez turned in another milestone in 1985-86, becoming the first Purple Knight goalie to pick up a point, notching an assist. He started 21 of 24 games, going 11-9-1 with a career-best .886 save percentage in addition to 31.2 saves per game. Saint Michael's finished 14-9-1 (12-7-1 ECAC North) while making its first postseason appearance. Despite Fernandez's best efforts, his 37-save performance was not enough in a 4-2 loss to Plymouth State in an ECAC North quarterfinal. Fernandez started 20 of 21 games as a senior while making 28.9 saves per game. The Purple Knights rebounded to finish 8-13 (8-9 ECAC North) after losing their first 11 games, including seven by two goals or less.

A business administration major during his time at Saint Michael's, Fernandez went on to earn a master's degree in education from Norwich University in 1988 before coaching and teaching at Rutland High School for three years. Following his time in the education field, Fernandez held various positions during 30 years working in the Vermont Department of Corrections, including as superintendent of the Marble Valley Regional Correctional Facility. He continues serving those in need as a board member with Turning Point Center, a Rutland recovery community, and the White Light Foundation.

 

Susan Fumagalli Mahoney '92, Swimming & Diving

Fumagalli, a native of nearby Barre who now lives in Gettysburg, Pa., was a swimming & diving captain who has gone on to become a well-regarded athletics administrator, and an inspiration as she manages a condition that led to the amputation of both legs since 2016.

Fumagalli was a member of five victorious relays as a sophomore before winning one individual event and aiding four more top relays her senior year, when she captained the squad. The Purple Knights posted a 21-22 dual record during her career, including tying a then-school record with seven wins in both 1989-90 and 1990-91, as the Saint Michael's women's swimming & diving squad was 14-7 in dual competitions across Fumagalli's middle two seasons.

Following graduation, Fumagalli immediately began her journey in college athletics, serving as sports information intern at Bucknell University in 1992-93 and assistant sports information director at United States Naval Academy in 1993-94. During a decade at Widener (Pa.) University, Fumagalli was the sports information director (1994-04), coordinator of women's athletics (1996-04) and assistant director of athletics for administration and communications (2000-04). Fumagalli has served Gettysburg (Pa.) College since 2004, first as assistant director of athletics before earning promotions to associate director and senior associate director in 2010 and 2018, respectively. In 2021, Fumagalli was inducted into the South Central Chapter Pennsylvania Hall of Fame.

Fumagalli has been heavily involved in committee work beyond her own institutions. She earned the College Sports Information Directors of America's (CoSIDA) 2018 Lester Jordan Award for exemplary service to the Academic All-America program, having been a member of the Academic All-America committee since 1995, serving as a national coordinator from 1999 to 2008 and vice-chair, awards. She is on the board of the Collegiate Women's Lacrosse Officiating Association as the NCAA Division III administrative representative, having been named vice president of the executive board in 2014, and is a former member of the NCAA Women's Lacrosse National Committee (2008-12), serving as chairperson in 2011-12. Fumagalli also previously served on the NCAA Championships Committee between 2016 and 2020.

After completing a degree in business administration from Saint Michael's, Fumagalli went to on earn master's degrees in business administration (1998) and information systems (2002) from Widener.

 

Chloe Boutelle '15, Cross Country and Nordic Skiing

Boutelle, a native of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., who lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, is the most successful cross country runner in Saint Michael's history, having qualified individually for the NCAA Championship once before leading her team back to nationals a second time. The only four-time Northeast-10 Conference All-Conference runner ever at the College, Boutelle also competed in Nordic skiing, and served as captain of both programs.

Boutelle made an immediate splash as a first-year runner, placing among the top 20 four times, including finishing fourth at her first Vermont Intercollegiate Championship before taking fifth at the NE10 Championship, landing on the all-conference first team. By clocking in at 18:21 during NE10s, Boutelle eclipsed the program's old 5K record by 14 seconds - but Gabrielle Naranja '14 also had a stellar race that day and bested her by six seconds. Also a member of the Nordic skiing team, Boutelle was one of her team's top two finishers in all 11 races as a rookie, including leading the Purple Knights in the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) Championship 5K freestyle and mass-start 15K freestyle events, taking a season-high 30th in the latter.

Come time for her sophomore year, Boutelle was the cross country squad's undisputed No. 1 harrier, as she took the top scoring position on the team at every race between 2012 and 2014. Boutelle finished fourth out of 159 finishers at the NE10 Championship to again land on the all-league first team before making her NCAA East Regional Championship debut, claiming 16th place among 192 as the Purple Knights placed 10th in a 28-team field. Her 6K time of 22:24 at regionals broke a school record by three seconds. Back on skis, Boutelle led the Purple Knights six times in the final eight races, including two more top showings at the EISA Championship.

Boutelle reached her running peak as a junior, never finishing lower than ninth in her seven in-region races, including at one point winning three straight meets, beginning with a state crown at the Vermont Intercollegiate Championship. At the NE10 Championship, she placed eighth of 149 to land on the all-league second team - six seconds short of another first team qualification - before doing even better at regionals, taking seventh out of 181. Thanks to being among the top three runners whose teams didn't qualify for nationals, Boutelle landed a spot in the NCAA Championship, joining men's harrier Drew Best '04 (2003) as the only Purple Knights to make it to the national stage. She finished 86th out of 244 runners with a 6K time of 22:30 out in Spokane, Wash., at the NCAA Championship. In the meantime, Boutelle also helped raise the level of her program: Saint Michael's was second at NE10s, its best finish since joining the league in 1987, and the team's top conference placement since winning the 1986 Mideast Collegiate Conference Championship. The Purple and Gold was also a program-best fourth at regionals. Out on the ski trails, Boutelle was the Purple Knights' top finisher eight times in 10 races before missing the EISA Championship to begin a semester studying abroad.

Now a captain of both the women's cross country and Nordic skiing teams, Boutelle opened her senior year by winning Saint Anselm College's 124-runner Shacklette Invitational before turning in a victorious tour of the Vermont Intercollegiate Championship course in early October, becoming the first Purple Knight to win multiple state meets. Boutelle won the NE10 Preview Meet two weeks later before claiming third place out of 141 at the NE10 Championship, reaching the all-league first team for the third time in her career. She became the first four-time NE10 All-Conference runner in College history, and the second to land all-conference all four years, joining SMC Athletic Hall of Famer Kerri D'Arrigo '89. The Purple Knights matched the 2013 squad by finishing as NE10 runners-up. Boutelle later placed fourth out of 185 runners at regionals in 21:52, breaking her own 6K school record and landing U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Region honors. This time she also took some teammates to nationals, as the Purple Knights qualified as a team for the NCAA Championship for the first time, thanks to their school-record third-place finish.

On Dec. 6, 2014, Boutelle joined Colleen Gilliatt '15, Allie Gratton '15, Lindy Heffernan '15, Elizabeth Cubberley '16, Brianna McKinley '16 and Molly Roush '17 as the first septet to represent Saint Michael's at the NCAA Championship on a wet, muddy course in Louisville, Ky., where conditions necessitated shortening the race to 5.78K. Boutelle was 127th out of 249 runners to lead the Purple and Gold, which took 30th out of 32 teams.

Boutelle capped her career third in program history with six victories, and is the only Purple Knight with at least three wins in two different years. She finished off her skiing career that winter by leading the squad six times, ultimately earning the EISA's nomination for 2015 NCAA Woman of the Year.

Boutelle was well-decorated beyond the field of competition, earning NE10 Academic All-Conference three times and landing prestigious College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District honors twice. She was a three-time member of the United States Collegiate Ski Coaches Association (USCSCA) National Collegiate All-Academic Ski Team and was inducted into Chi Alpha Sigma, the National College Athlete Honor Society. In addition to earning the EISA's nomination for 2015 Woman of the Year, she secured the College's nod. A biology major and Dean's List student, Boutelle was also involved in the Random Acts of Kindness Club and phonathon as an undergraduate.

Since graduating, Boutelle earned her master's degree in food systems from the University of Vermont in 2018. Before leaving the state, she worked on the Saint Michael's Farm while serving various roles at UVM, including as a teaching assistant, chief procurement officer, teaching kitchen research fellow, interim food systems graduate program coordinator, and as a UVM Extension research assistant. Boutelle was farm to school coordinator at the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County near Ithaca, N.Y., for two years before working as a volunteer project coordinator at the Utah Food Bank since 2021.

 

Lindsay McNall '17, Swimming & Diving

McNall, a native of Colchester who lives in Duxbury, is the only All-America swimmer in College history, becoming the lone member of the Saint Michael's swimming & diving programs to compete at an NCAA Championship. The rare first-ballot Hall of Famer, McNall won a school-record 102 races during her career, capturing 68 individually and 34 as part of a relay. She graduated with eight school records, and was a three-time champion at both the Northeast-10 Conference Championship and New England Intercollegiate Swimming & Diving Association (NEISDA) Championship. She has since returned to serve as the top assistant coach at her alma mater.

As a first-year, McNall won 30 events, including 21 solo, kicking off her career with two school records in the first meet. All told, she finished with seven records that season while reaching an NCAA Championship provisional qualifying mark in the 200-yard backstroke. At year's end, she was NEISDA Championship 100 back champion and finished as NE10 Championship runner-up in the event. Thanks to her academic prowess and her NCAA cut, McNall was named a Collegiate Swimming & Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Individual Scholar All-America honorable mention.

McNall had no drop-off as a sophomore, winning 25 races, 19 of which were of the individual variety, and setting six program records. She won the 100 and 200 back races at the Purple Knights' last NEISDA Championship, took the 100 back race at the NE10 Championship, and landed NE10 Academic All-Conference. As a junior, McNall studied abroad during the championship segment of the school year, and finished with 20 overall wins, 13 of which were solo.

McNall had hands down the best season in program history as a senior, as the captain won 27 more events - 15 individual - while winning the 100 and 200 back races at the NE10 Championship. She won the 100 back by 2.44 seconds, nearly double the distance between the second- and eighth-place finishers (1.36), and the 200 back by 3.82 seconds; the second- through fifth-place finishers were separated by 3.5 ticks. Her 200 back time of 2:00.03 broke an NE10 Championship record by 0.55 seconds and remains a league record. McNall also took second in the 100-yard butterfly. For the first time since her rookie year, McNall again reached provisional qualification for the NCAA Championship, in both the 100 and 200 back, but this time she got into the national meet. By taking 15th in the 100 back during the NCAA Championship in Birmingham, Ala., McNall was named a CSCAA All-America honorable mention. She narrowly missed a second All-America finish by placing 21st during the 200 back. Thanks to her outstanding season, McNall was named NE10 Women's Swimmer of the Year and the NE10 Scholar-Athlete Sport Excellence Award winner for her sport. She rounded out her awards haul with a pair of academic laurels, as CSCAA Individual Scholar All-America and NE10 Academic All-Conference. McNall was the College's nominee for NCAA Woman of the Year.

During McNall's career, the Purple Knights went 21-13 in dual meets while topping out at seventh among nine schools at the NE10 Championship three times. Saint Michael's was also fourth among at least 20 schools at NEISDA Championship each of her first three years.

A philosophy major, McNall was involved with Active Minds and the Purple Knight Leadership Academy as an undergrad. She returned to Saint Michael's as the top men's and women's swimming & diving assistant coach in 2021-22, when the men broke four school records. McNall, who is pursuing a master's degree in education at the University of Vermont, is a math interventionist at Stowe Middle School.