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Heron Hall of Honor to add 5

The William Smith College Athletics Department and the Heron Society recently announced the five members of the Heron Hall of Honor Class of 2010. The inductees include Leah Cornwell ’02, of Gainesville, Fla., Kelly Martin ’84, of South Berwick, Maine, Pam DuMond Tarnowski ’96, of Charlotte, N.C., Amy Vandervort ’89, of Ballston Spa, N.Y., and Kelly VanGorden ’02, Bloomsburg, Pa.

In addition, the 1992 national championship field hockey team will be honored as a William Smith Team of Distinction.

The seventh class to join the Heron Hall of Honor will be inducted on March 27, 2010. They will raise the Hall’s membership to 44.

Established by the William Smith Heron Society on April 27, 1996, the Hall of Honor celebrates the role, advancement, and importance of women in athletics at William Smith. The honorees exemplify the College’s standard of excellence by advancing women in sports through their commitment, participation, and support.


An All-American in two sports, Cornwell was a four-year starter in goal for the soccer team and a three-year starter at forward for the basketball team. She was a two-time National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) first team All-American and the 2002 NSCAA Division III Player of the Year, and earned Kodak/Women’s Basketball Coaches Association All-America honorable mention following the 2001-02 basketball season. Cornwell earned William Smith’s Hazel Nettleship Hardy ’65 Award (outstanding student-athlete in her middle years) and the Marion Harrison Greene ’20 Award (outstanding senior athlete).

On the pitch, Cornwell boasted a 0.53 goals against average (GAA), an .849 save percentage, and a 61-15-5 record with 26 shutouts. The three-time all-conference selection started 81 of the 83 matches she played in, logging 7,344 minutes, 17 seconds. Only 11 players in Division III history have played more minutes. She helped the Herons to four consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances and a pair of conference championships (1999, 2001).

Cornwell opened her sophomore season with a career-high 14 saves against the College of New Jersey and finished the campaign with a career-high 116 saves and an .892 save percentage. The following year, she posted a career-low 0.55 GAA and a 17-2-1 record, the Heron standard for wins in a season. As a senior, Cornwell orchestrated a career-high nine shutouts and guided William Smith to the NCAA semifinal round.

On the hardwood, Cornwell scored 1,192 points (11.5/g) and grabbed 704 rebounds (6.8). She graduated ninth on the career scoring list (currently 11th) and fifth on the career rebounding list (currently 6th).

As a first-year, Cornwell was a key contributor to a squad that went 23-4, won a conference championship, advanced to the Round of 16 in the NCAA Tournament. Over the next three seasons, she averaged no less than 10.4 ppg and 7.2 rpg, making another NCAA Tournament appearance in 2000 and helping the Herons earn an ECAC Upstate Tournament bid in 2002. As a senior, Cornwell produced career-highs of 15.7 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 2.0 apg, and 1.1 blocked shots.

Originally from Scottsville, N.Y., Cornwell earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from William Smith and, is currently pursuing a master’s degree in psychology from the University of Florida. She is currently a firefighter for the City of Gainesville.


An exceptional three-sport athlete, Martin was a four-year standout on the basketball and lacrosse teams and played three years of field hockey. She earned William Smith’s Stephanie Christie Award as the rookie of the year, the Hazel Nettleship Hardy ’65 Award, and the Marion Harrison Greene ’20 Award.

In field hockey, Martin led the team in scoring twice, producing 12 goals and 10 assists. She recorded a career-high five goals in 12 games in 1982.

In basketball, the two-time team MVP led William Smith in scoring and rebounding as a senior, earning honorable mention All-Star status from the Democrat and Chronicle. During her junior season, she averaged 16.1 ppg and 6.8 rpg and earned a spot on the Fredonia All-Tournament Team. As a sophomore, Martin was second on the team in scoring (13.1) and rebounding (6.7) and served as a team co-captain. In a late season win at Oswego, she accounted for nearly half of the Herons’ scoring (34 pts) in a 69-59 win over the Lakers.

In lacrosse, Martin recorded a career-high 20 goals in 1984, earning a spot on the All-State first team and team MVP honors. Head Coach Pat Genovese told the Finger Lakes Times that year that Martin was, “probably the strongest midfield player we’ve ever had at William Smith.” Genovese also nominated her to try out for the U.S. National Team.

Originally from Cortland, N.Y., Martin earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from William Smith and, in 1993, a master’s degree in education from the University of New Hampshire. She is a second grade teacher at Berwick Academy.


A two-sport all-star, DuMond Tarnowski was a three-time All-American in field hockey and a conference player of the year in basketball. She won the Stephanie Christie ’80 Award, back-to-back Hazel Nettleship Hardy ’65 Awards, and the Marion Harrison Greene ’20 Award.

In field hockey, DuMond Tarnowski scored 33 goals and assisted on nine as a defender. Her career got off to an exceptional start as the Herons won the 1992 NCAA Division III National Championship with a 22-1 record. The following season, DuMond Tarnowski more than doubled her offensive production (7 pts in ’92, 17 pts in ’93) and led William Smith to the NCAA quarterfinals, garnering third team All-America honors. In 1994, she erupted for a career-high 14 goals as the Herons again reached the national quarterfinals, resulting in first team All-America praise. DuMond Tarnowski capped her field hockey career with her third straight All-America award behind a nine-goal, four-assist effort.

In basketball, DuMond Tarnowski was a complete player, dominating on the offensive and defensive ends of the floor. The four-year starter ranks in the top 13 on William Smith’s career lists for blocked shots (1st, 210), free throw percentage (1st, .818), three-point field goal percentage (4th, .344), free throws made (4th, 306), rebounds (7th, 632), points (8th, 1,216), three-pointers made (8th, 88), assists (9th, 275), field goals made (10th, 411), and steals (13th, 210). DuMond Tarnowski was named the conference and regional rookie of the year in 1993 after averaging 13.5 pgg, 6.9 rpg, and 1.7 blocked shots and shooting .502 from the floor. A year later, she was voted the conference player of the year on the strength of 12.8 ppg, 5.1 rpg, and 1.4 blocks. DuMond Tarnowski wrapped up her career with 11.4 ppg, a .417 three-point percentage, and a career-high 57 blocked shots as the Herons made the NCAA Tournament for the third consecutive season and reached the round of 16 for the first time in program history.

Originally from Sidney, N.Y., DuMond Tarnowski earned a bachelor’s degree in American studies from William Smith. She is currently an administrator for Proactive Therapy. DuMond Tarnowski was inducted into the Section IV Hall of Fame in 2003 and the Sidney High School Sports Hall of Fame in 2004.


A standout on the basketball court, Vandervort was a graceful shooter and a deft passer. At the conclusion of her collegiate career, she ranked in the top three in Heron history in several statistical categories.

Vandervort netted 1,193 points (14.5 ppg), which at the time was the second highest total (currently 10th) in school history. Also a force on the glass, the four-time All-Greater Rochester pick collected 602 rebounds (7.3 rpg), good enough for third on the all-time list (currently ninth). Vandervort’s 527 field goals made were second (now fifth), while her .550 field goal percentage was and is second.

As a first-year, Vandervort trailed only Trena Sutton ’88 in scoring and rebounding, averaging 11.9 ppg and 6.4 rpg. She was twice named the ECAC Rookie of the Week during her inaugural campaign and ranked 22nd in the nation in field goal percentage (.549). The following season, Vandervort was named to the American Women’s Sports Federation Fast-Break All-America second team after leading the team in scoring (15.0 ppg) and field goal percentage (.564, 13th in the nation) and finishing second in rebounding.

Vandervort again led the team in scoring as a junior and a senior, averaging a career best 15.8 ppg in 1987-88. She was voted the team MVP after each of her final two seasons on campus, despite battling a painful and chronic back injury.

Vandervort led the Herons to a 55-30 record during her four years on campus, at the time, the second highest winning percentage (.647) for a graduating class.

Originally from Manlius, N.Y., Vandervort earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from William Smith. She currently runs her own business.


A four-time NCAA Championship qualifier, VanGorden was an exceptional sprinter in the pool, displaying record-breaking speed in the breaststroke and individual medley events. She earned the Herons’ Stephanie Christie ’80 Award, Hazel Nettleship Hardy ’65 Award, and Winn-Seeley Award (presented to the outstanding athlete for contributions to many areas of William Smith Athletics).

As a first-year, VanGorden turned in four record-breaking efforts, lowering the standards for the 50-yard breaststroke, the 100 IM (a then 15-year-old mark), and the 200 IM (twice). After first breaking the 200 IM record at the state championships, she eclipsed her own mark at the NCAA Championships, turning in a time of 2 minutes, 12.92 seconds to finish 25th in the nation. VanGorden also captured a pair of conference championships during her first season on campus, winning the 200 IM and the 100 butterfly.

As a junior, VanGorden was again a two-time conference champ, placing first in the 100 breaststroke and the 200 IM. At the NCAA Championships that season, she placed seventh in the 100 breaststroke, earning All-America honors, and 12th in the 200 breaststroke, earning honorable mention All-America accolades. VanGorden capped her career with a state championship in the 100 breaststroke and honorable mention All-America honors for a ninth place finish in the 100 breaststroke at the NCAA Championship meet.

VanGorden graduated with the William Smith records in the 50 breaststroke (:30.31), 100 breaststroke (1:06.1), and 200 breaststroke (2:26.35), the 100 IM (1:02.47) and 200 IM (2:12.92), all of which still stand.

A standout in the classroom as well, VanGorden was named to the conference all-academic team three times, while twice earning New York State Women’s Collegiate Athletic Association (NYSWCAA) All-Academic honors. She was named to the College Swimming Coaches Association of America All-Academic team in 2001 after earning honorable mention in 2000. She was a member of William Smith’s Laurel Society (junior honor society) and Hai Timiai (senior honor society). VanGorden also received the 2002 NYSWCAA Barbara Radef Award, given to a swimmer or diver for distinguished athletic and academic accomplishments.

Originally from Palmyra, N.Y., VanGorden earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and sociology from William Smith. She later earned a master’s degree in sport and exercise psychology and a doctorate degree in physical education teaching and administration from Springfield College. VanGorden is currently an assistant professor at Bloomsburg University.


The 1992 William Smith field hockey team will be the second squad to be named a Heron Team of Distinction, joining the 1988 soccer team. The 1992 field hockey team posted program records for wins in a season (22) and winning percentage (.957). The Herons’ run to the program’s first national championship (the school’s second) included a then record 17 consecutive wins.

At 22-1, few would challenge the Herons’ dominance, but that doesn’t mean things were easy. William Smith won nearly twice as many games by a single goal (13) than it did by three or more (7). Four of the season’s first six matches and a total of six matches during the campaign were decided in overtime, including the lone blemish on the record, a 1-0 double overtime setback against now Division II Bloomsburg.

William Smith played five straight one-goal matches to reach the title tilt against Trenton State (now The College of New Jersey), on the Lions’ home field. Liz Schribner ’93 batted home her own rebound early in the first half to give the Herons a 1-0 lead. Trenton State put William Smith under intense pressure in the second half, but the defense, anchored by goalie Jen Kulesa (13 saves), posted its 10th shutout of the year to make the goal stand up.

Three members of the team have been inducted into the Heron Hall of Honor, Ann Lynch Burnes ’93 (2002), Jennifer Bertsch Dolce ’95 (2007), and Head Coach Sally Scatton (2007), while DuMond Tarnowski will become the fourth.