Hall of Fame June 13
Rider Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2015
Three women, including Rider’s first Olympian, head the list of inductees into the Rider University Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2015.
Jazmine Fenlator ’07 of the track & field program, Courtney Bertos ’06 of the field hockey team, Linda DiGiuseppantonio ’87 of the basketball team, Bill Lipkus ’86 of the cross country and track & field program and Neil Boyle ’65 of the baseball team will become the newest members of the Hall of Fame June 13.
Fenlator was elected on her first year of eligibility. A two-time Rider female Athlete of the Year, Fenlator took part in the 2014 Olympics in Sochi as a member of the United States bobsled team. Rider’s first NCAA Track & Field Regional automatic qualifier, Fenlator earned All-East honors eight times, in the shot put, weight throw and the discus, setting Rider records in all three events along with the hammer. Fenlator was named one of the top 25 athletes in the first 25 year history of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.
Bertos was a four-time First Team All-Conference selection and was named to three championship All-Tournament teams. She led her team to four conference title games, winning two, and also won two regular season titles. A conference Rookie of the Year, she was named the Championship Tournament MVP and twice a Regional All-American.
DiGiuseppantonio graduated fifth in career scoring and third on the career assist list, leading Rider to it’s first-ever Division I conference semifinal game. A two-time All-Conference selection, “Linda D.” was a prolific outside shooter who would have owned all of the Rider scoring records if she hadn’t played before the three-point rule went into effect. DiGiuseppantonio went on to become a successful coach on the high school and AAU level.
Lipkus led Rider to its first conference track & field championships (indoor and outdoor) over perennial champion and nationally ranked Bucknell, earning the Championship MVP award. Lipkus was twice an All-Conference cross country selection, setting the Rider course record. In track & field he set the Rider record in the 10,000 meters as well as the indoor records for the three mile and the 5,000 meters.
Boyle led Rider to the NCAA tournament with a 13-3 record on the mound, compiling 198 strikeouts in 169 innings pitched. He posted a career earned run average of 1.47 and pitched a no-hitter. Named to the Collegiate League All-Star team, Boyle earned All-East honors and upon graduation signed a professional contract with the Chicago Cubs. He was later selected in the Rule 5 draft by the New York Yankees.
Also being honored at the Hall of Fame ceremony will be Boyle’s 1965 Rider baseball team, which will receive the Clair Bee Trophy for Outstanding Team Achievement. The ’65 Broncs won 20 consecutive games, finishing in the NCAA tournament with a 20-2 record. The squad led the entire nation in both earned run average and double plays.