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Six Cardinal Athletes to be Inducted into Sports Hall of Fame Oct. 14

Women’s and men’s ice hockey, track and field, women’s soccer, men’s basketball, and baseball are being represented at this year’s Cardinal Sports Hall of Fame Induction when six new Cardinal alumni are welcomed into the 32-year-old institution.

Jennifer Clark ’06, women’s ice hockey; Matt Deshane ’06 (men’s cross country, track and field); Jennifer (Wiseman) Hesseltine ’95 (women’s track and field, women’s soccer); Matt Kahan ’06 (baseball); Wayne Lashway ’62 (baseball, men’s basketball); and Lenny Pereira ’94 (men’s ice hockey) will join the ranks at the annual ceremony held in conjunction with Homecoming Weekend Oct. 14-15. The induction dinner and ceremony begins 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14, in the Warren Ballrooms, Angell College Center. Tickets are $25 per person. Registration can be done online at http://alumni.plattsburgh.edu/Homecoming2016 or by phone, 800-964-1889 by Monday, Oct. 10. 

One of the top forwards of Cardinal women’s hockey, Clark earned three All-ECAC West honors during her career. In her senior year, she was named the ECAC-West Co-Player of the Year, SUNY Plattsburgh Female Athlete of the Year, and a First-Team All-American. She also helped lead the Cardinals to their first-ever ECAC West title in 2005-2006. She is a manager the Mississauga, Ontario restaurant, Union Social. She and her husband, Jeremy, reside in Mississauga, Ontario.

Deshane was one of the most decorated distance runners in SUNY Plattsburgh history. As a cross country runner, he earned All-American honors in 2005 and 2006 and was named the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Atlantic Region Cross Country Athlete of the Year in 2005. He earned various outdoor track and field All-American honors 2004, 2005 and 2006, among many other honors. He is a border patrol agent in Massena. He and his wife, Allison ’08, are parents to son, James, and daughters Juliette and Madeleine.

Hesseltine earned All-American honors during the 1993-1994 indoor track and field season  and became just the fifth female track and field All-American in program history. That earned her the Plattsburgh State Female Athlete of the Year honor that year and the Plattsburgh State Senior Achievement Award in 1994-1995. A four-year member of the Cardinal women’s soccer team, Hasseltine scored six goals and added four assists for 16 points during her career. She is a social studies teacher at Malone Middle School and resides in Malone with her husband, Brent, and children Emma and Ryan.

Kahan’s freshman season as a Cardinal baseball outfielder coincided with the program returning to SUNY Plattsburgh in 2002. He helped the team qualify for the SUNYAC Tournament from 2003 to 2005 and achieve a winning record for the first time in 40 years during his 2005 senior season. Kahan earned a pair of Jewish Sports Review All-America honors as well as two All-SUNYAC nods. He made the All-New York Region Team twice, the Plattsburgh State Male Senior Achievement Award in 2004-2005 and served as team co-captain his junior and senior years. A former NYPD officer, he resides in Stillwater, N.Y., with his wife, Devin, whom he met in Plattsburgh.

Lashway competed on both the men’s basketball team from 1958 to 1962 and the baseball team during its 1959 and 1961 seasons. Named a Team MVP in both sports, he was an honorable mention with the All-SUNYAC Team in baseball in 1961. Also in 1961, he ranked second in the SUNYAC in runs batted in and stolen bases. Lashway retired in 1997 after a career as a teacher with the Schodack School District. He and his wife of 53 years, Arlene, a 1964 SUNY Plattsburgh alumna, reside in Castleton, N.Y., and are the parents of two daughters, Lori Ann, and Beth Jean.

Pereira ranks third all-time on the men’s ice hockey program’s career points list with 234 and helped steer the Cardinals to a national title his freshman year in 1991-1992, and SUNYAC titles in both 1991-1992 and 1992-1993. He earned SUNYAC Tournament MVP honors in the ’91-’92 season. In addition, he was a two-time First-Team All-American, a two-time First Team All-SUNYAC selection, the 1992-1993 SUNYAC Player of the Year, and the 1993-1994 Plattsburgh State Male Athlete of the Year. Pereira was assistant captain during his junior year and team captain his senior year. The Mississauga, Ontario, native is president of Franklin Valve L.P. in Houston, Texas, and resides in Spring, Texas, with his wife, Rachael, and daughters Kylie and Makayla. 

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