The William Smith College Heron Hall of Honor welcomed its fifth class of inductees Sept. 20. Kathleen Bloom ’87, Joan Grupp Smith ’88, Melissa Crowley Price ’91, Vida Donohue Shaver ’91, Ady Symonds ’96, and Jennifer Goodell Cooper ’97 raised the Hall of Honor's distinguished roll to 35 members.
The Class of 2003: Seated (l-r): Kathleen Bloom ’87, Director of William Smith Athletics Susan Bassett, Melissa Crowley Price ’91, Hobart and William Smith Colleges President Mark Gearan. Standing: Vida Donohue Shaver ’91, Joan Grupp Smith ’88, Ady Symonds ’96, Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees Maureen Collins Zupan ’72, and Jennifer Goodell Cooper ’97.
During her induction speech, Crowley Price recalled someone once saying, “Even when you've played the game of your life, it's the feeling of teamwork that you'll remember. You'll forget the plays, the shots, and the scores, but you'll never forget your teammates.”
And in turn all six William Smith legends recalled and thanked teammates, coaches, and professors.
Bloom, of Sparks, Nevada, was a record-setting swimmer for the Herons. As a junior, she set the school record for the 100-yard butterfly. The following season, she continued to rewrite the William Smith records book, eclipsing the marks for the 50 freestyle, and 100 fly, as well as helping establish new benchmarks in the 200 free relay and 400 free relay. Bloom won three New York State Championships as a senior, and earned All-American honors with a sixth place finish in the 100 fly at the NCAA Championship meet.
Grupp Smith, of Garden City, is the leading scorer in William Smith soccer history. Considered one of the architects of the Herons’ national championship the year after she graduated, she helped William Smith to a four-year record of 61-12-9 (.799), a runner up finish in the 1986 ECAC Championship and a second-place finish in the 1987 NCAA Tournament. Grupp Smith’s 139 career points still stand as the pinnacle of Heron soccer success, 19 beyond the second place scorer.
Crowley Price, of Old Greenwich, Conn., was an exceptional two-sport athlete, starting four seasons in field hockey and three in lacrosse. In field hockey, the two-time All-American graduated with William Smith’s career goals, assists, and points records, as well as the single season mark for assists (12 in 1988). In lacrosse, Crowley Price was a two-time IWLCA first-team All-American and the first Heron to be named the IWLCA Division III Offensive Player of the Year. She earned the honor in 1991 following a senior season that saw her record 58 goals and 10 assists, despite not playing lacrosse during her junior year to study abroad.
Donohue Shaver, of Seaford, was a four-year member of the soccer and basketball teams. On the soccer pitch, she played on four NCAA Tournament teams, including William Smith’s first national championship team in 1988. A three-time regional All-American in goal, Donohue Shaver allowed just 24 goals during her 70-game career, sporting a 0.40 goals against average and a .902 save percentage. On the hardwood, Donohue Shaver helped the William Smith basketball program to a 63-29 record, including the 1991 ICAC Championship. A three-year starter, she averaged 7.0 ppg and 2.2 spg during her career.
Symonds, of Narragansett, R.I., was one of a select group of sailors that elevated the Colleges’ sailing program from competitor to a national championship contender. A recreational racer before college, she was an ICYRA All-American Crew following her senior year, the first Heron sailor to earn that acclaim. Symonds helped the Colleges’ to its first regional championship, winning the 1996 America Trophy, and qualified for the ICYRA Coed Dinghy National Championship. At the national championship, her boat finished second in the B Division and she received the Sperry Top-Sider Top Sailor Award.
Goodell Cooper, of Geneva, is, without question, the most dominant basketball player to ever wear a Heron uniform. The native of Penn Yan holds the William Smith career records for points (2,042), rebounds (887), and field goals made (841). A three-time Kodak/WBCA All-American, including first-team honors as a junior and senior, Goodell Cooper helped William Smith to a 100-9 overall record, four consecutive conference championships, and appearances in four straight NCAA Tournaments.