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UNCG Announces 2014 Hall of Fame Class

Courtesy: UNCGSpartans.com
         
Release: August 05, 2014
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GREENSBORO, N.C. – The UNCG athletics department will induct three men’s soccer teams into the Athletics Hall of Fame as the 2014 class. The men’s soccer National Championship teams from 1985, 1986 and 1987 comprise the 15th class in UNCG Hall of Fame history, joining the men’s soccer National Championship teams already inducted from 1982 and 1983, while raising the total number of UNCG teams in the Hall of Fame to 11.

The Spartans became the first program in NCAA Division III men’s soccer history to win three straight National Championships and UNCG is still just one of two programs ever to accomplish the feat along with Messiah (2004-06). Additionally, the Spartans’ five National Championships are still second most all-time in NCAA Division III history despite last playing at that level in 1988. UNCG trails only Messiah, which has won 10 titles from 2000-2013.

This year’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held in The Terrace at the Greensboro Coliseum Saturday, October 4 at noon. Additionally, the teams will be honored at halftime of the men’s soccer game that evening against Wofford at 7 p.m. at the UNCG Soccer Stadium.  The Hall of Fame is open to the public and tickets are $50, which can be purchased by calling Whitney Honeycutt at 336-334-5156.

The 1985 men’s soccer team became the third UNCG soccer team to claim the NCAA Division III National Championship as the Spartans posted a 20-5-0 overall record and a 7-0-0 mark in the Dixie Athletic Conference. UNCG won its final eight games of the season, including a dominating performance in the NCAA Tournament as the Spartans posted four shutouts in five games, out-scoring opponents by a 17-1 margin in tournament play.

Under the direction of National Coach of the Year Michael Parker, the Spartans notched their third men’s soccer National Title with an impressive 5-0 victory over Washington (Mo.) in St. Louis. UNCG was led by first team All-America recipient Brian Japp and third team All-America selection Steve Harrison. The Spartans won the DIAC championship by posting a 7-0-0 record in league play while picking up four All-Conference selections in Japp, Rich Schlentz, Willie Lopes and Doug Hamilton.

The Spartans picked up their second straight National Championship and fourth all-time during the 1986 season. UNCG once again won its final eight games of the season on its way to an 18-5-0 mark and a 6-1-0 record in DIAC play. The Spartans had a tougher road in the NCAA Tournament, only out-scoring opponents by an 11-4 margin and played two one-goal games along the way. UNCG had tough 3-2 contests against both Bethany in the Regional round and Fredonia State in the national semifinals.

The Spartans won the national championship with another shutout, posting a 2-0 victory over UC-San Diego on their home field in Greensboro. UNCG won the Dixie championship as well that year as Andrew Mehalko led the way as he earned third team All-America accolades. The Spartans had two First Team All-Dixie selections in Tom Lehoczky and Michael Myrtetus while placing four on the All-Dixie Second Team (first year in existence) in Carl Fleming, Alvin James, Bill Sutherland and Lopez.

UNCG became the first team in NCAA Division III history to win three straight men’s soccer National Championships as the 1987 team finished the year with a 17-7-1 record and a 6-1-0 mark in Dixie Athletic play. The Spartans won their final seven games of the season and finished the NCAA Tournament out-scoring opponents by a 16-6 margin. UNCG had its toughest game of the run in the opening round, posting a 4-3 victory over DIAC champion and host North Carolina Wesleyan. The Spartans claimed the title in style on their home field for the second straight year, defeating Washington (Mo.) by a 6-1 margin.

Parker’s team still dominated the DIAC All-Conference awards despite finishing second in 1987 as four members were named to the first team and two to the second team. Tommy Hannum, Michael Colannino, Sutherland and Lopez were first team recipients while Jason Haupt and Fleming picked up second team accolades.

1985 Men’s Soccer (20-5-0, 7-0-0 DIAC)
1 Mark Cregle
2 Troy Hamilton
3 Ken Douglas
4 Brian Japp
5 Michael Myrtetus
6 Doug Hamilton
7 Ron Bertolaccini
8 Kevin Mastin
9 Andrew Mehalko
10 Steve Harrison
11 Willie Lopez
12 Carl Fleming
13 Mario Sanfilippo
14 Alvin James
15 Harold Adams
16 Sean Hadas
18 Tom Lehoczky
19 Rob Roszkowski
20 Sean Reid
21 Frank Washburn
23 Michael Colannino
-- Rich Schlentz
-- Keith Moser
-- Tony Hannum

Head coach: Michael Parker
Assistant coach: Alan Dawson

1986 Men’s Soccer (18-5-0, 6-1-0 DIAC)
2 Troy Hamilton
3 Michael Colannino
4 Alvin James
5 Michael Myrtetus
6 Carl Fleming
7 Ron Bertolaccini
8 Tom Lehoczky
9 Andrew Mehalko
10 Steve Harrison
11 Willie Lopez
12 Mario Sanfilippo
14 Sean Reid
15 Mark Cregle
16 Jamie Marshall
17 Buckley Andrews
18 Bill Sutherland
19 Tom Stelzer
20 Mike Thorn
21 Frank Washburn
22 David Lopez
23 Patrick Patterson
24 Sean Hadas
-- Keith Moser
-- Tony Hannum
-- Willie Staffeld

Head coach: Michael Parker
Assistant coaches: Peter Broadley & Rich Schlentz

1987 Men’s Soccer (17-7-1, 6-1-0 DIAC)
2 Bill Sutherland
3 Michael Colannino
4 Troy Hamilton
5 Rick Johnson
6 Mike Watson
7 Carl Fleming
8 Troy Fauerbach
9 Jason Haupt
10 Buckley Andrews
11 Willie Lopez
12 Chad Gorby
14 George Hoyle
15 Mark Cregle
16 Whit Neal
20 David Ulmsten
23 Patrick Patterson
24 Sean Hadas
-- Tony Hannum
-- Anthony DiFoggio
-- Jonathan Haze

Head coach: Michael Parker
Assistant coaches: Peter Broadley, Jack Poland & Charles Dailey

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