October 14, 2010

Six Former Bentley Standouts Set for Induction into Bentley Athletic Hall of Fame

WALTHAM, Mass. -- Six former Bentley University standouts, including two have been previously enshrined in the Northeast-10 Conference Hall of Fame, will be inducted into the Bentley University Athletic Hall of Fame on Sunday, October 24.

The Class of 2010 consists of Kim (Cummings) Singh '96 (women's basketball), Julie Doherty '02 (women's cross country and track), Gary Mello '01 (men's cross country and track), Mike Rymsha '96 (football), Kevin Van Dam '02 (men's basketball) and Scott Yavarow '02 (men's soccer and lacrosse). Mello was inducted in the NE-10 Hall of Fame in 2007 and Singh followed a year later.

The Hall of Fame Induction Luncheon will cap off Homecoming Weekend at Bentley and will be held in the Boosters Suite of the Dana Center.

KIM (CUMMINGS) SINGH

Singh was named to the 1996 Kodak Division II All-America team by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association and the Northeast-10 Conference  Player of the Year after leading the Falcons to a 28-3 record, a number four ranking in the final USA Today/WBCA Division II poll and the NCAA Division II Northeast Regional championship. Overall, in her career, she helped Bentley to a 105-21 record, an NCAA tournament berth annually and a pair of Elite Eight appearances.

Singh is the only player in Bentley history who ranks in the top ten on the career lists in points (fourth, 1,701), assists (fifth, 563), rebounds (eighth, 777) and steals (ninth, 254). Bentley's 1996 Outstanding Female Senior Athlete was the first player in the university's history, men's or women's, to accumulate career totals exceeding 1,500 points, 500 rebounds and 500 assists.

A native of Brockton, Singh now resides in Canton with her husband, Harpreet Singh and her 16-month-old twin boys, Jaden and Logan.

JULIE DOHERTY

Doherty was one of the premier distance runners to ever represent Bentley, with her list of achievements an impressive one. As a senior, she became the first Bentley woman to qualify for the NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships and earned Northeast-10 Conference championships in all three seasons. She ran to victory in the NE-10 cross country meet in the fall, claimed the 5,000-meter title indoors and broke the finish tape in the 3,000 outdoors.

Doherty, who concluded her collegiate career by competing in the 5,000 at the 2002 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track Championships in San Angelo, Texas, was the 2001 NCAA Division II Women's Cross Country New England Region Runner of the Year after a first-place finish and the top finisher amongst Division II runners at the New Englands, placing 24th overall to earn All-New England accolades.

Doherty, whose post-collegiate career has included a 3:10 marathon in Chicago, is a National Sales Representative with Yahoo. The Weymouth native now resides in South Boston and is engaged to marry Reid Rovelli July 16, 2011.

GARY MELLO

Like Doherty, Mello made his mark at Bentley as a distance runner. He became Bentley's first-ever NCAA Division II All-America in the sport of cross country in 1998 and garnered All-America honors again in 2000 when he made his third straight trip to the nationals.

Mello, who won the NCAA Division II Northeast Regional championship as a senior, made conference history earlier that year when he became the first cross country runner to three-peat as champion.

Mello was also impressive on the track, winning the outdoor New England title in the 5,000 as a junior and earning All-New England honors on two other occasions. Nearly a decade after completing his collegiate career, he still owns the school record in the 5,000, both indoors and out.

Mello, originally from Woburn, now lives in Highland Ranch, Colo. with his wife, Lindsay, and one-year-old daughter Caroline. He is employed as a Systems Engineer with Intel/McAfee.

MIKE RYMSHA

The Bentley football team enjoyed remarkable success from 1993-95, losing only once in that span while amassing the longest winning streak in New England history, an amazing 30 games. And one of the premier reasons for that amazing achievement was Rymsha, Bentley's 1996 Outstanding Male Student Athlete and the New England Collegiate Athletic Conference/Robbins Division II Male Athlete of the Year.

Rymsha, a GTE Academic All-America as a senior and the recipient of the Coca-Cola Gold Helmet that same year as the premier Division II-III player in New England, threw for 46 touchdowns and 4,516 yards in 28 regular season games. He also directed the Falcons to a pair of ECAC Intercollegiate Football Conference Bowl game wins during his three seasons at the helm.

Originally from Newburyport, Rymsha now lives in Atlanta, where he serves as a Sales Director for Katz Capital. He has a dog named Bentley, and plans to open a barbeque restaurant later this year.

KEVIN VAN DAM

Van Dam, a fixture in Bentley's starting lineup throughout his career, was one of the premier three-point shooters in Falcon history. In fact, he's the only one with both 175 career three-balls and a lifetime shooting percentage of at least .400 from behind the arc. Van Dam, before being named Bentley's Outstanding Male Senior Athlete in 2002, connected 256 times from downtown, finding the target nearly 41 percent of the time.

Van Dam, whose scoring average increased each season and peaked at nearly 18 points his senior year, helped lead Bentley to the 2002 Northeast-10 playoff championship, the first in the program's history, and an NCAA tournament berth that same season. He ended his career with 1,575 points, which currently puts him ninth on Bentley's all-time scoring list.

Van Dam, who came to Bentley from Rumson, N.J., now lives in Hoboken, N.J. with his wife Sallie. He is a full-time student at the Columbia Business School and is scheduled to graduate with his MBA next May.

SCOTT YAVAROW

Yavarow was also an iron-man for Bentley during that same era, only he did it in two sports.  He started 72 of 73 games as a soccer defender from 1998-2001, and was in the lineup for every lacrosse match the Falcons played from 1999-2002.

Yavarow twice received Division II All-America honors in lacrosse, earning first-team accolades from the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association in 2002 and second-team honors the previous spring. He was a three-time All-Northeast-10 selection (including a first-team pick in both 2001 and 2002), the third player in the program's history to reach the 200-point milestone, and the first Falcon to be drafted by a Major League Lacrosse team (Boston Cannons).

Yavarow's soccer career included a pair of All-Conference awards, first team in 1999 and third team as a junior.

A Billerica native, Yavarow now lives in Nashua, N.H. and is in the process of changing careers from the financial industry to being an elementary school. He is in his final year of graduate school at Rivier College, where he's working on a masters degree in Elementary Education and a Special Ed Certificate. Yavarow married his wife Tricia earlier this month and has a 16-month-old son James.

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