Johns Hopkins to Add Seven to Athletic Hall of Fame
March 30, 2006
BALTIMORE, MD -- Johns Hopkins University will induct seven new members into its Athletic Hall of Fame in ceremonies scheduled for Saturday, April 1. The seven-member class is the 12th to be inducted since the Johns Hopkins Athletic Hall of Fame was formed in 1994 and raises the total number of members in the Hall of Fame to 92. The group will be honored at the Johns Hopkins-North Carolina men's lacrosse game on Saturday, April 1 with the actual induction ceremony to take place at the Hunt Valley Marriott on later that evening.
Below is a short profile of each of the seven inductees.
Beth Cariello Fifer
Field Hockey Women's Lacrosse
Hudson, OH/Western Reserve Academy
An accomplished two-sport standout, Beth Cariello Fifer ranks as the greatest field hockey player in school history. She played four years of field hockey and two seasons of women's lacrosse at Homewood.
In field hockey, Cariello Fifer earned First Team All-America honors as a junior and Third Team All-America as a senior. She was a two-time First Team All-MAC Southeast pick before guiding the Blue Jays into the Centennial Conference as a senior, when she earned First Team All-Centennial and Centennial Conference Player of the Year honors. She was the first Johns Hopkins field hockey player to earn First Team All-America honors and the first to twice earn All-America status. She remains one of just two players in school history to earn First Team All-America honors in field hockey.
Over 10 years after she graduated, Cariello Fifer's name can still be found at the top of the record books. She led the team in scoring as a freshman, junior and senior and set school single-season records for goals (19) and points (42) as a senior. She still ranks as Hopkins' career leader in both categories as well with 49 goals and 104 points to her credit. Cariello Fifer's individual accomplishments in field hockey also helped put Hopkins on the national map in the sport as well. She helped the Blue Jays to three NCAA Tournament appearances, including the first in program history her freshman year.
Cariello Fifer played lacrosse as a sophomore and senior and was a key member of the 1994 Blue Jay lacrosse team that enjoyed the greatest season in school history. Under the guidance of Janine Tucker, the Blue Jays won their first 16 games, won the Centennial Conference title and advanced to the national semifinals.
Men's Swimming & Diving
Canonsburg, PA/Canon McMillan High School
One of the most successful, yet under publicized, teams in the history of the Johns Hopkins athletic program is the men's swimming and diving team. The Blue Jay swimming team is the school's only Division III team that has won a national championship as JHU claimed three straight titles from 1977-79. A key member of those three championship teams was Mike DiCio, a six-time All-American diver and a co-captain on the 1978 and 1979 NCAA Championship teams.
DiCio, who was also a key figure on the team as a freshman, when the Blue Jays placed second at the NCAA Championships, fueled the team's first national championship in 1977 with a second-place finish in the one-meter dive and a fourth-place finish in the three-meter. A year later, the Blue Jays made it two straight national championships and DiCio cemented his place in the Hopkins record book as he became the first and only JHU diver to win a national championship in the one-meter. He added a sixth-place finish in the three-meter that year as well.
DiCio closed out his career with another pair of top-five finishes as a senior with a third-place showing in the one-meter and a fourth-place finish in the three-meter.
In addition to fueling the team's success at the NCAA Championships, DiCio also played a key role in one of the biggest dual-meet victories in school history as well. DiCio's victory in the three-meter competition in the next-to-last event against Maryland during the 1977-78 season clinched the first and only win Johns Hopkins has ever had against the Terrapins.
The golden era of women's athletics at Johns Hopkins began in the early 1990s with the success of the field hockey, lacrosse and basketball teams. The first inductee from the early stages of great success for the women's basketball team is Amy Dodrill, who became the first player in the history of the program to earn national acclaim. Dodrill guided the Blue Jays to a 64-36 record during her career, the best four-year record in school history at the time. As spectacular as she was for her first three years, it was a magical senior year that everyone remembers.
Dodrill and the Blue Jays won a then school-record 22 games and advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament before being eliminated. Hopkins had never advanced to the NCAA Tournament prior to 1995. In fact, the Blue Jays had never won a post-season game prior to that magical run in March that paved the way for what would become six straight trips to the NCAAs. Dodrill earned First Team All-Centennial honors for the second straight year as a senior and earned the 1995 Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award as the nation's top women's basketball player under 5-foot-6. She was the first Division III player in history to win this prestigious award and she added an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship to her collection of honors later that year as well. She was the first Johns Hopkins women's basketball player to earn an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.
Dodrill closed her career with no less than 13 school records to her credit. She ended with 1,204 points, 105 three-pointers, 272 assists and 225 steals. She held virtually every school record for three-point shooting and never missed a game in her career as she set a then school record with 100 games played.
Perry Hall, MD/John Carroll
While it is not unusual in college baseball for players to pitch and hold a regular position, it is unusual to have them do both at a level that far exceeds the norm. For four years in the mid-to-late 1980s, that's exactly what Dave Psenicska did for head coach Bob Babb and the Blue Jays. Psenicska was a four-year standout for the Blue Jays as he helped lead Hopkins to a four-year record of 111-40 (.730), three MAC Southeast Championships and one MAC Championship. The Blue Jays also advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 1986.
On the mound Psenicska posted a 25-11 career record, including an 8-0 mark in 1986 when he helped lead the Blue Jays to the NCAA Tournament. He still ranks among the top 10 in school history in career victories (25), strikeouts (178), complete games (20) and games started (30).
Psenicska's exploits as a pitcher were surpassed only by his efforts as an everyday player, which were nothing short of sensational. He finished his career with a .388 batting average and 124 hits. He struck out just 10 times in 360 career plate appearances and capped his career with one of the finest statistical seasons in school history as he hit .434 with a .524 on-base percentage as a senior. He earned First Team All-MAC honors and was named the MAC Most Valuable Player as a senior in 1988. He had previously been named to the 1986 NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional All-Tournament Team and a 1987 Regional All-American.
A long-standing tradition of the Blue Jay baseball program under Babb has been the team's trips abroad and Psenicska and his teammates may have enjoyed the greatest of these experiences. Psenicska pitched a complete game against the Cuban Junior National Team in Havana in 1986 and later became the first American pitcher to throw a pitch against the Russian National Team in Moscow (1988).
Cross Country Track
Evanston, IL/Mountain Brook
While the moniker of "best ever" is not one to be easily tossed around, it may be appropriate when discussing John Robinson, whose mark on the Johns Hopkins cross country and track teams is evident in him being the first modern day member of the cross country team to earn selection to the Johns Hopkins Athletic Hall of Fame.
Robinson quickly made a name for himself as a freshman in cross country as he placed seventh at the MAC Championships and 41st at the NCAA Regional Championships. As it turned out, he was just getting started. He jumped to a 14th-place finish at the NCAA Regional Championships a year later and added a fourth-place showing at the MAC Championships and a seven-place finish at the regional meet as a junior. He missed qualifying for the NCAAs by just two places and 17 seconds as a junior - a finish that would serve as a motivator during a stunning senior campaign.
Robinson prepped for the end-of-year championship meets during his final year with entries in five regular-season races. He won all five. He began his post-season run with the individual title at the MAC Championships to become just the second Hopkins individual to ever win this event. He became the only individual from JHU to win the NCAA Regional Championship shortly thereafter and went on to place 14th at the NCAA Championships to earn All-America status.
Records for Robinson's participation in track are incomplete, but he did earn All-America honors as a junior with a sixth-place finish in the steeple chase. He had finished second at the MAC Championships in the same event earlier that year.
Robinson, who counts his participation in the steeple chase at the prestigious Penn Relays as his greatest sports thrill, was equally successful in the classroom as he earned Third Team GTE Academic All-America honors as a senior, when he was also awarded an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.
Terre Haute, IN
Marshall Turner served as the Director of Athletics at Johns Hopkins from 1952-74 and he was instrumental in the growth of the Hopkins athletic program during his 22-year tenure as Director of Athletics. Since 1952 only three individuals have held the title of Director of Athletics at Johns Hopkins.
Turner came to Johns Hopkins in 1946 and spent the next six years coaching at Homewood. During his coaching tenure he led the varsity basketball team for one year and, at different times, coached freshman football, freshman lacrosse and junior varsity lacrosse. He was elevated to Director of Athletics in 1952, a post he held until his retirement in 1974.
Turner was active on many committees during his time at Johns Hopkins. He served terms as the President of the National Association of Collegiate Director's of Athletics and the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association. He was also a member of the Executive Committee of the NCAA and was awarded the C. Markland Kelly Award for his outstanding contribution to athletics in the state of Maryland.
In his final several years as the Director of Athletics at Johns Hopkins he oversaw the growth of the athletic program at Hopkins to include women's sports. Johns Hopkins had maintained an all male student population until the early 1970s.
Turner was born in Terre Haute, Indiana and graduated from the University of the South, where he lettered in football, basketball and track.
Annapolis, MD/St. Mary's
One of the key figures in the highly-successful run the Johns Hopkins men's lacrosse team enjoyed in the mid-1980s, Brian Wood ranks as one of the top attackmen in school history. Pick the measuring stick and Wood will surely be among those at the top of the list. Goals scored, he's there. Points and assists? Ranks among the leaders on both of those lists as well. All-America selections? Impossible to earn more than the four Wood grabbed. NCAA Championships? Well, it is possible to win more than Wood's three, but nobody has done it yet.
A product of St. Mary's High School of Annapolis, Wood helped lead the Blue Jays to the NCAA Championship in 1984, 1985 and 1987 and Hopkins compiled a 47-6 record during his career. He earned First Team All-America honors in each of his last three seasons at Homewood after taking second team honors as a freshman.
Wood was named to the Johns Hopkins All-Time Team at the end of his career, twice earned the team's William K. Morrill Award as JHU's top attackman and was presented the Erlanger Award as the team's top senior in 1987. He is one of just 19 players in school history to earn First Team All-America honors three times and he is also one of just 19 players to earn All-America honors four times. There has not been another three-time First Team All-America attackman at Hopkins since Wood graduated in 1987.
A member of the 1986 United States National Team that won the ILF World Championship, Wood finished his career with 100 goals and 78 assists and is still one of just seven players in school history to amass 100 or more career goals and 75 or more career assists. He also co-holds the school record for most career goals scored in the NCAA Tournament (25).
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