Tuesday’s colleges: Elaine Sortino inducted into UMass Athletic Hall of Fame
Former University of Massachusetts softball coach Elaine Sortino was inducted into the George “Trigger” Burke UMass Hall of Fame.
Athletic director John McCutcheon and Burke made the announcement at Sunday’s Celebration of Life for Elaine.
After Sortino lost her battle with cancer in September, the Hall of Fame committee met and unanimously approved her inclusion into the Hall.
Sortino coached 34 seasons at UMass and compiled a 1,185-508-6 record, led the Minutewomen to 21 NCAA tournament appearances and three trips to the Women’s College World Series. Sortino, who was the third-winningest active NCAA Division I coach at the conclusion of the 2013 campaign, led the Minutewomen to 23 Atlantic 10 regular-season titles and 23 tournament championships. Her 1,185 wins placed her eighth in NCAA history and seventh all-time among Division I ranks.
Sortino also posted a 218-134-1 record as UMass’ volleyball coach from 1979-1986. Sortino was inducted into the NFCA Hall of Fame in 2004.
Easthampton resident Jessica Allan was inducted into the Saint Michael’s Athletic Hall of Fame.
The Norfolk native, who graduated as the program’s kills leader (931), led the team to 53 wins and four trips to the Northeast-10 Conference tournament.
Springfield 3, Mount Holyoke 0 — Emma Sweeting had eight kills but the Lyons (9-11, 0-8 NEWMAC) fell at home.
Hadley native Sean Hammond was inducted into the Elms College Athletic Hall of Fame.
Hammond was a two-time first team All-North Atlantic Conference selection for the Blazers. He led Elms to a pair of third-place finishes in the NAC championship tournaments.
Elms 4, Southern Vermont 0 — Joseph Coleman (Easthampton) had two assists and Scott Labrie (Southampton) played well defensively as the Blazers won at home.
Elms 2, Bay Path 0 — Rachel Connell (Easthampton) had an assist, Lyndsey Oppenheimer (Easthampton) played well on defense and Erika Aponte (Holyoke Catholic) made one save over 17 minutes as the Blazers (6-7-1) won on the road.
Coast Guard 3, Mount Holyoke 2 — Kara Singleton and Ashleigh Hartsock each scored but the Lyons (5-9, 0-6 NEWMAC) fell at home.
Smith College 2, Westfield State 1 — Allie Stein and Rebecca Meagher each scored as the Pioneers (10-3) reached double digits for wins for the first time since 1998.