Saturday, September 29, 2012
Honored for outstanding contributions to Assumption athletics
The Assumption College Alumni-Athletics Hall of Fame inducted four new members Sept. 29, 2012, as part of Homecoming weekend. The four inductees include Michael Alston ’84 (basketball), Chad Carges ’01, G’03 (football), Laurie DelGrego ’02 (softball) and Stephen F. “Merc” Morris ’72 (posthumous).
Michael Alston ’84, of Long Branch, N.J., was a four-year member of Assumption’s men’s basketball team from 1980-84. A two-time Northeast-10 All-Conference selection and captain during his junior season, Alston is 10th on the Assumption all-time scoring list with 1,677 career points. He also finished his career with 447 rebounds, 563 assists and 255 steals while averaging 14.5 points per game and shooting 44.6 percent from the field. Alston’s totals rank him fifth on the all-time Assumption list in both steals and assists, while he holds the College’s career mark with 3,860 minutes played. During his career, the Hounds captured the Northeast-10 Championship in the 1982-83 season with a 21-11 overall record and a third-place finish in the NCAA East Regional.
Chad Carges ’01, G’03, of North Attleboro, Mass., was a four-year quarterback for the Greyhounds from 1998-2001, starting 38 games. A team captain, Carges was a three-time Team MVP and 1999 Offensive MVP, finishing his career with a number of college and conference records. He finished his career third in the Northeast-10 in passing yardage (currently 14th) and fourth in touchdown passes (currently 16th). In addition to his Northeast-10 marks, Carges holds Assumption records for passing attempts (1,140), completions (537), passing yards (6,517), touchdown passes (45) and total offense (6,833). In 2000, he was a Northeast-10 Second Team All-Conference selection and also earned Eastern Football Conference Second Team Honors.
Laurie DelGrego ’02, of West Haven, Conn., was a four-year member of the Assumption softball team. A two-year co-captain, DelGrego helped lead the team to the 2000 Northeast-10 Conference Championship and a berth in the NCAA Tournament. She earned Northeast-10 Second Team All-Conference honors as a freshman, and was then a First Team All-Conference selection over her final three seasons. In addition, she was a two-time First Team All-Region honoree, a 2000 First Team All-New England selection and a member of the 2000 ECAC All-Star Team. DelGrego was also the 2002 Team MVP as well. She holds Assumption career records in at-bats (597), hits (271) and singles (243), along with single-season records for singles (78), at-bats (183) and triples (8). DelGrego is also second in games played and started with 185, second in career triples with 14 and is second on the single-season list for hits with 89.
Stephen F. “Merc” Morris ’72, dedicated over four decades of his life to Assumption College. After serving as the statistician for the basketball team while a student at Assumption, Morris became the College’s Sports Information Director (SID) and served in that role for nearly 40 years before his 2011 death. During his Hall of Fame induction, Merc was presented by Kevin Hickey, HA’10, Faculty Athletics Representative and colleague. Accepting on his behalf was his long-time friend, Ryan Dawidjan. The only SID Assumption has had, Merc impacted the lives of thousands of Assumption student-athletes over the years. In fall 2011, the SIDs in Worcester voted to rename the Worcester Area Football All-Star Teams as the Steve “Merc” Morris Worcester Football All-Star Teams, honoring him for his tireless efforts founding and developing that All-Star program. Also last fall, a memorial bench was placed outside the Office of Athletic Communications in Laska Gym, giving student-athletes and others a place to sit and talk before practice or while passing through the gym, as Merc had done with thousands of people during his career.