ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – Three outstanding former student-athletes – Kelly (Chevez) Bartlett '06 (lacrosse), Heather MacDougall '06 (soccer), and Tom Middleton '63 (baseball) – have been selected for induction into the St. Bonaventure University Athletics Hall of Fame as the Class of 2017.
They will be inducted on Saturday, June 3, in a ceremony beginning at 1:30 p.m. in Rigas Theater inside the Quick Center for the Arts. The Hall of Fame induction, which is free and open to all, will again be a part of the University's annual Alumni Reunion Weekend.
Kelly (Chevez) Bartlett
Bartlett was one of the first recruits for then-coach Tony Zostant in a fledging women's lacrosse program, and she helped the new program earn instant respect.
Bartlett's skill with a lacrosse stick and her feet was evident from the moment she stepped on campus. After a brilliant freshman season, the East Rochester, N.Y., native was named the Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year. She finished sixth in the A-10 with a then-school record 49 points on 29 goals and 20 assists.
As a sophomore, Bartlett earned All-Conference accolades after she finished third in the Atlantic 10 and led the Bonnies in scoring with 38 goals and 30 assists for 68 points. She ranked 10th nationally in scoring at 4.0 points per game, and her 30 assists ranked eighth nationally. Bartlett upper her scoring as a junior to 33 goals and 39 assists for 72 points -- new school records for both points and assists. Her 39 assists led the nation, and she ranked fifth nationally in points per game (4.0).
Bartlett totaled 61 points her senior season and earned her third consecutive All-Conference selection.
Bartlett remains St. Bonaventure's all-time leading scorer with 121 goals and 119 assists for 240 points. Over her four seasons, the Bonnies went 32-26 and qualified for the A-10 Tournament twice (2003, 2004) – the first-ever A-10 postseason berths for the program.
Bartlett graduated in 2005 with a degree in physical education. Today Bartlett owns a personal training facility in Naples, Fla. She and her husband Jason have two young sons.
MacDougall made an immediate impact on the Bonaventure women's soccer program, starting from the first game of her freshman season. The Burlington, Ontario, native enjoyed an impressive rookie year with six goals, two of which earned the Bonnies Atlantic 10 wins.
MacDougall scored four goals and added three assists her sophomore season, but it was her third year that she really became known as a premier player. In September of 2004, she tied two school records when she scored four goals and totaled nine points in a win over St. Peter's. That game was a springboard to a season in which MacDougall led the Atlantic 10 in goals, with 15, and points, with 34. She is the only A-10 player ever to lead the conference in both categories in a season. MacDougall was recognized by the A-10's coaches with first team All-Conference honors and she also became the first St. Bonaventure player named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-Region Team.
As a senior, MacDougall earned All-Atlantic 10 accolades again after tallying a team-high 24 points on 11 goals and two assists. MacDougall's 36 career goals and 83 points rank third and fourth, respectively, all-time in the Bona record books.
MacDougall graduated in 2006 with a degree in psychology. Now a teacher in Oakville, Ontario, she remains connected to the game as a player and a coach. She was twice the scoring champion of the Ontario Women's Soccer League and helped G.S. United win the 2015 Ontario Cup. After coaching youth soccer for many years, MacDougall recently co-founded Future Girls Soccer in Ontario.
A smooth-swinging and fleet-footed center fielder, Tom Middleton was not only the best baseball player on St. Bonaventure's campus from 1960-63, he also was renowned throughout the region.
A three-time all-star selection by the Western New York College Baseball Conference, Middleton led St. Bonaventure in batting, RBI, runs, hits and on-base percentage three years in a row. His junior and senior seasons, he hit better than .500. In 1962, he opened the season with 10 consecutive hits, a Bona record that still stands.
After graduation, the South Orange, N.J., native was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps. Among his five years of service was a tour of duty in the Vietnam War. Middleton is now retired and resides in Branchburg, N.J.
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