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Frostburg State to Induct Six Into Bobcat Athletics Hall of Fame
07/02/2004

FROSTBURG, MD — The Frostburg State University Bobcat Athletics Hall of Fame will induct six new members this fall at its annual dinner and induction ceremony Friday, October 22 as part of the Homecoming Weekend festivities.

The inductees will also be recognized before FSU's Homecoming game against Maryville Saturday, October 23.

Former basketball standout Valery Broadwater '87, field hockey great Heather Mason '87, field hockey and lacrosse star Jean Goldsborough '82, soccer standout Francisco Castro '81, three-sport great Brad Nelson '89 and baseball star Tom Merritt '78 form the 33rd induction class.

The Bobcat Athletics Hall of Fame will now have 139 members.

Broadwater enjoyed a record-setting career at forward from 1982-1987. A four-year letterwinner, the Lonaconing, Md., native helped lead the Bobcats to a 76-29 overall record, two NCAA appearances, one ECAC South Championship and one ECAC South runner-up finish.

She graduated as FSU's career leader in scoring (1,364), free throws made (305), free throws attempted (384), free throw percentage (79.4) and field goal percentage (47.5).

Her free-throw shooting percentage still stands atop the FSU record books, and she currently ranks seventh on the school's all-time scoring list and ninth in rebounding (568).

Broadwater also served as an assistant coach with the Bobcats from 1990-1992, during which time FSU compiled a 48-8 record and won two ESAC Championships and one ECAC Championship.

Mason established herself as one of the top field hockey goalkeepers in FSU history from 1984-1987.

The White House Station, N.J., native posted a 54-17-2 record, 433 saves and 24 shutouts and helped the Bobcats make four straight NCAA Division III Tournament appearances and win two ESAC titles.

She was a regional All-American her final three seasons, a second-team All-American as a junior and a first-team All-American as a senior.

Goldsborough, an Owings Mills, Md., native, was a standout for both the FSU field hockey and lacrosse teams from 1978-1982.

A three-year letterwinner as a goalkeeper in field hockey, she helped the Bobcats win Maryland state championships in both her junior and senior years as well as earn the program's first berth in the NCAA Division III Tournament as a senior (only eight teams were selected to the NCAA Tournament in 1981).

In lacrosse, Goldsborough earned four letters and sparkled at the offensive end of the field. She had 29 goals and 13 assists as a junior, and she had 42 goals and 25 assists as a senior to earn team MVP and Maryland All-College honors.

Goldsborough went on to coach both field hockey (1987-1990) and lacrosse (1988-1992) at Goucher College.

Castro, from Gaithersburg, Md., was a four-year letterwinner at forward from 1978-1981. He helped FSU to a 34-19-7 overall record, one Maryland Small College Championship, one ECAC Championship and the program's first-ever bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Castro scored 38 goals and added 18 assists for 56 points in his career. He was named to the Maryland All-State first team his final three years and was a second-team All-South Region selection as a senior.

Nelson, from Cumberland, Md., and Bishop Walsh High School, enjoyed a strong career in football, tennis and swimming from 1987-1990 after transferring from the University of Dayton.

Nelson led the Bobcats with 85 tackles from his linebacker position as a junior and helped FSU to a school-record 9-1 finish as a senior.

For his career, he made 209 tackles, including 15 for loss and 10 sacks, and he added four fumble recoveries and four pass breakups and three interceptions.

Nelson was also a member of the Bobcat swimming and tennis teams. He went right from the gridiron to the pool to compete in the freestyle, backstroke and relay events, and, in tennis, he advanced to the semifinals of the ESAC Tournament at No. 3 singles his sophomore season.

Merritt, widely considered one of the top all-around second basemen for the Bobcats, helped lead FSU to a 95-51-1 record and three NAIA Tournament appearances from 1975-1978.

Merritt was an integral part of FSU's outstanding 1976 season when the Bobcats finished 35-8-1, qualified for the NAIA District Tournament and earned a No. 18 final national ranking.

As a senior, Merritt paced FSU in games (37), at-bats (124) and runs (29) as the Bobcats won the Mason-Dixon Conference championship.

For his career, Merritt hit .304 with 108 hits, 88 runs, 62 RBI, 16 doubles, 10 home runs, 156 total bases, a .439 slugging percentage, 21 stolen bases, 22 sacrifices and 63 walks.

He is currently fourth on the FSU career charts in sacrifices, tied for eighth in games played and tied for 10th in strikeouts-to-plate-appearances (one every 14.5).

The Bobcat Athletics Hall of Fame Banquet will be held in the Lane Center on the Frostburg State University campus. The evening will begin with a social hour at 5:30 pm followed by the dinner and induction ceremonies.

Tickets are $18 per person and may be purchased through the FSU Advancement Office by calling 301-687-4161. Tickets will also be available on the internet after August 1 at http://sports.frostburg.edu/bobcat_hall/index.htm.

For further information on this release, contact:

Office of Sports Information
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

Telephone: 301-687-4371
Fax: 301-687-4780
E-mail: sportsinfo@frostburg.edu