2016 SU Sports Hall of Fame Class Announced

2016 SU Sports Hall of Fame Class Announced

SELINSGROVE, Pa. – The Susquehanna University Department has announced the six members of the SU Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2016.

The inductees are former head football coach Steve Briggs, men’s tennis and soccer player Carlos Albertotti ’97, field hockey and lacrosse player Brandy Crum ’99 Hodgson, softball player Sarah Shaffer ’07 Harrison,  men’s soccer player Nate Snyder ’07 and men’s cross country and track & field athlete Paul Thistle ’10.

Briggs spent 27 years with the SU football program, 25 of which were spent as the head coach. He is the winningest coach in program history with 127 victories to his credit. In 2009, Briggs led the Crusaders to a Liberty League title and was a 2009 Liberty Mutual Division III Coach of the Year finalist.

His 1991 squad advanced to the program’s only national semifinal game and the following year his team went 9-1 overall.

During his tenure, Briggs coached seven Academic All-Americans, 11 All-Americans and eight Conference Players of the Year [six Middle-Atlantic Conference (MAC) players, two Liberty League players] and was the 1999 MAC Coach of the Year. In 2003, Briggs took on the additional role of Assistant Athletic Director.

Albertotti was a member of the tennis and soccer teams. He won the MAC singles title as a freshman and finished that season with an overall singles record of 17-2 while SU finished with a team record of 11-4 and won the MAC Commonwealth title.

Albertotti was named team MVP in 1994 and Academic All-American as a junior. He missed his sophomore season due to injury but finished his career with a 32-12 singles record and a 28-11 doubles record.

In addition, Albertotti earned two varsity letters in soccer and finished his career with three goals and six assists.

Also a two-sport athlete, Hodgson excelled on the field hockey and lacrosse fields. During her field hockey career, she was a two-time MAC All-Commonwealth defender who was also named a MAC All-Academic player and to the NFHCA National Academic Squad. She also earned All-Region honors in 1998.

In lacrosse, Hodgson was a First-Team All-MAC player as a senior. Her teams racked up 28 victories over her four years, including a 13-3 record in 1999.

Harrison’s name remains etched in nearly every offensive category of the Susquehanna softball record books. She was a four-year member of the team with a career .378 batting average, seventh-best in program history. Her 152 career hits are second all-time and she racked up 20 doubles, 12 triples, eight homeruns and 68 RBI.

She was a Second-Team All-Commonwealth player in 2005, a 2005 and 2006 ESPN Academic All-District II Second-Team recipient and the 2007 Commonwealth Player of the Year. Harrison earned All-Conference honors in 2006 and 2007 and started all 121 games in which she played over the course of her career.

Like Shaffer, Snyder’s name can be found all over the Susquehanna men’s soccer record books. He was a four-year member of the team who was a three-time All-Mid-Atlantic Region player and a three-time First-Team All-Commonwealth player. He was also a member of the MAC All-Academic Team.

Snyder holds program records in points (88) and goals (37) and remains in the top 10 in points per game, goals per game, shots and shots per game. He also holds the single game record in points (6) and goals (3).

Finally, Thistle enters the Hall of Fame after prolific cross country and track & field careers. In cross country, he was a NCAA championship qualifier from 2007—09 and earned All-Region honors all three of those years. He was the 2006 MAC Rookie of the Year, as well.

Thistle owns Susquehanna indoor records in the 800 meter and 3000 meter runs and is second in the 5000 meter and mile runs despite missing the 2006-07 season due to injury. Thistle was a 2010 All-American in the mile and was the 2008 and 2010 Landmark Track Athlete of the Year.

During his outdoor career, Thistle earned yet another All-America honor, this time in the 3000 meter steeplechase He was the 2010 Co-Track Athlete of the Year for the Landmark Conference following a 2009 season in which he also qualified for the NCAA championship. Thistle holds the SU record in the steeplechase and is second in the 1500 meter run.