The Keuka College Department of Athletics has announced the 2017 Class to be inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame.
Five individuals and one team were inducted into that Hall of Fame on Saturday, Oct. 14, during Green & Gold Celebration Weekend.
The 2017 Class includes the 2007 Softball team, Marianne Wallace ’07, Michelle Alvord ’95, the late Andrea Brauer Dowling ’96, Adrienne Brauer Weaver ’96, and Lisa Fuchs Kuras ’87.
The Induction Ceremony and Dinner were held in the JMW Recreation and Athletics Center on campus.
2007 Softball Team
The 2007 Keuka College Softball team was a record-setting program and was the first Keuka College softball team to qualify for the NCAA Tournament. The Green and Gold set a then school-record with 25 wins in a season, topping the previous record by six wins. Keuka went 15-3 in North Eastern Athletic Conference play, posting a 25-6 record overall.
Keuka earned the second seed in the NEAC Tournament. They defeated the hosts, Baptist Bible College, twice and top-seeded Polytechnic on their way to the conference championship. Keuka College earned the fifth seed in the seven-team Cortland, N.Y., Regional in the NCAA Division III Softball Tournament. Keuka dropped the first game to Plattsburgh State, but rallied to defeat Elms College 3-0 in 10 innings to earn the first NCAA victory in school history. The Green and Gold would then fall to top-seeded University of Rochester to end their postseason run.
The 2007 season was just the second for Head Coach Jamie Burke. The NCAA run started a string of six straight appearances for the Green and Gold. Burke remains in charge of the Keuka College Softball team, just completing her 12th season. She surpassed the 250 win plateau in 2017 and has led Keuka College to a share of the NEAC regular season or tournament crown in 10 of her 12 seasons.
Marianne Wallace ’07
Marianne Wallace was a three-year member of the Keuka College Softball team. During her tenure, the Green and Gold posted a .667 winning percentage, going 54-27. The Prattsburgh High School alum was at the heart of the wins for Keuka College as one of the team’s leading pitchers. In her career, she posted a 27-13 record in the circle for Keuka with a 1.74 earned run average, which is a program record. Wallace also ranks in the top five in school history with 27 wins, 257 innings pitched and 227 strikeouts.
The final two seasons in Keuka Park, Wallace was at her best. In 2006, she posted a school-record 1.25 earned run average while going 11-2. She followed that up with a 12-5 mark in her senior year with a 1.56 earned run average, second best in school history. Her 104 strikeouts during her senior season continues to stand as the most in a single season. Her senior season culminated with leading Keuka College to the North Eastern Athletic Conference Tournament Championship. She was named Tournament MVP as the Green and Gold advanced to their first NCAA Tournament appearance.
Marianne Wallace currently lives in Greer, South Carolina, where she works as an occupational therapist.
Michelle Alvord ’95
Michelle Alvord was a four-year standout on the hardwood for Keuka College. During her tenure, she helped orchestrate a turnaround that ended with a berth in the ECAC Tournament. During that run, the Wellsville, New York, native was named MVP of the Hartwick College Tournament and named to the ECAC Upstate New York All-Tournament Team, among other honors. She continues to stand as one of the top scorers in Keuka College history. Alvord remains second on the career points list with 1,557. She also ranks second in career assists with 927 for the Green and Gold.
Alvord came to Keuka College and made an instant impact. She scored 421 points and collected 297 rebounds during her freshman campaign. Her rebounding total would stand as her career high, however, she had over 180 boards each year with the Green and Gold, including 258 during her senior year. During that senior year, Alford set a new career high in scoring. She averaged 16.8 points per game and ended the season with 471 total points. Her personal success translated to success on the court as Keuka College amassed 18 wins in the 1994-95 season, the most in her four-year career.
In 1997, Alvord returned to Keuka College to coach the women's basketball and softball teams. She posted a 22-25 record in the 1997-98 and 1998-99 seasons on the hardwood that included wins over RIT, Clarkson, and Cazenovia College. Michelle Alvord is currently a counselor at Wellsville High School and the head coach for the Lions' Women's Basketball team.
Andrea Brauer Dowling & Adrienne Brauer Weaver ’96
Andrea Brauer Dowling and her twin sister, Adrienne Brauer Weaver, were both four-year members of the Keuka College Women’s Soccer team. The Chenango Forks, New York, natives helped lead Keuka College to 41 victories over that span with three berths to the NYSWCAA Tournament and an appearance in the ECAC Tournament in 1993.
During their run to the ECAC Semi-Finals in 1993, Andrea and Adrienne combined for 16 goals and 16 assists. Andrea was named an All-American by the National Soccer Coaches Association, as well as All-State by the NYSWCAA. Adrienne was also honored by the NYSWCAA in both her freshman and sophomore seasons.
Lisa Fuchs Kuras ’87
Lisa Fuchs Kuras made an immediate impact when she arrived at Keuka College. She joined the Green and Gold in their second season as a varsity program in 1985 following an All-American junior college career at Morrisville State. In her first season, she helped lead Keuka College to 10 wins as they made it to the NAIA District 18 Championship Game against Houghton College.
The following year, the senior stopper upped the ante as Keuka College won a then school-record 12 games in winning District 18 and advancing to the NAIA Eastern Regionals. Keuka finished third in the regional tournament. Lisa Fuchs Kuras, along with teammates and current Keuka College Hall of Famers Tracy Merkley and Hilary Hughes Grana, became the first student-athletes in Keuka College to be named All-American and still stand as the only Women’s Soccer All-Americans in school history.
Lisa currently owns and operates Cheshire Farm Creamery with her family in Canandaigua.
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