December 20, 2011

Spartan Mentor Headed into UMBC Hall of Fame

BALTIMORE, Md. – York College (Pa.) head women's lacrosse coach Jen Dragoni Muston has achieved the prestigious honor of being inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame at her alma mater the University of Maryland Baltimore County. Muston had an outstanding four-year career as a Retriever and still ranks among the top-ten all-time in several offensive categories for UMBC. Now in her fifth season of guiding the York squad, Muston has led the Spartans 41-26 record including a program-best 13-4 last season.

"I am extremely honored by this," Muston said of being inducted to her alma mater's Hall of Fame. "I am very excited to be back on campus in February and be amongst all the other inductees. My experience at UMBC holds a very special place in my heart and I am truly grateful for the opportunities I had while a Retriever."

Below release courtesy of UMBC Athletic Communications

The largest class in the history of the UMBC Athletic Hall of Fame will be inducted on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012.

The honorees are Dr. Charles Brown (Director of Athletics 1989-current), Jen Dragoni Muston (women's lacrosse, 2000-04), Brad Green (swimming & diving 2000-04),  Adam Grossman  (track & field  2002-06), Ted Lawler (men's soccer 1994-98), Brendan Mundorf  (men's lacrosse 2002-06), Josef Novotny (men's tennis, 2001-04), Keith Puryear (head tennis coach, 1990-2008), and Drew Westervelt  (men's lacrosse 2003-07). 

Jen Dragoni Muston, Women's Lacrosse (2000-04)

Jen Dragoni Muston is currently the all-time leader in assists (63) in women's lacrosse history. She is eighth in all-time goals (123) and fifth in points (186).  Dragoni posted the second-most points in a UMBC Division I season with 61 (37-24) in 2003 and was the 2003 Northeast Conference Player of the Year. The Morton, Pa. native was a First Team All-NEC pick in 2002 and 2003 and an America East First Team attacker in 2004. She was the Most Valuable Player of the 2002 NEC Tournament as UMBC advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time and was tabbed UMBC's Outstanding Female Athlete in 2004.

There are now 121 members of the UMBC Athletic Hall of Fame, which was instituted in the 1970s, and in 1990, Dr. Brown created The Annual Hall of Fame Dinner and Induction Ceremony. This event now occurs every other year. Candidates are nominated throughout the two-year period and are selected for induction by a committee of current Hall of Fame members based on their excellence in competition at UMBC and subsequent graduation from the university.

The 18th induction dinner and ceremony will take place at the Westin Baltimore Washington Airport – BWI. The cost to attend the induction dinner is $60, which includes a ticket to the basketball doubleheader vs. Maine that afternoon (1:00 p.m./3:30 p.m.) at the RAC Arena. The new class of Hall of Famers will be introduced at halftime of the men's 3:30 game. The dinner will begin at 7:00 p.m., with inductions to follow. Please contact Kevin Gibbons O'Neill at 410-455-1532 or oneillb@umbc.edu for additional information about the event or to purchase tickets.

PHOTO: Jen Dragoni Muston instructs her squad during Spartan contest in the 2011 season. Courtesy of Zach Clabaugh - www.sharpedgefoto.com