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Three to join athletics Hall of Fame
August 31, 2016Tweet
Binghamton athletics has revealed its Hall of Fame Class of 2016: men’s diver Avi Shaprut (1991-94), women’s soccer goalkeeper Tara DeFlippo (1994-96) and women’s basketball guard Rachel Laws (2002-06). The trio will be inducted on Dec. 10 in a ceremony at the Events Center.
Shaprut, from Great Neck, N.Y., was a two-time NCAA Division III All-American diver who will become the sport’s first entry into the Hall of Fame. He placed eighth on the one-meter board at the 1994 NCAA Championship in Williamstown, Mass. to earn first team All-America honors - the first BU diver to attain top-eight national status. One year earlier, Shaprut placed 15th to notch his first All-America honor. He played a key role in Binghamton’s SUNYAC championship in 1994, placing second on both the one- and three-meter boards as Binghamton capped an unbeaten season (8-0) with its first conference title. Shaprut was a scholar-athlete who capped his career by receiving the department’s Foundation Award for career athletics achievement.
DeFlippo, a local recruit from Vestal, was an All-American and three-year starting goalkeeper for a Binghamton women’s soccer program that reached unprecedented heights during her tenure. In her junior season, she allowed just eight goals in 19 games for a paltry 0.38 goals against average. After the 12-4-3 season that included the team’s first outright conference championship and an NCAA bid, DeFlippo was selected as an NSCAA Division III All-American, deemed one of the top three goalies in the entire nation. A three-time all-conference and all-region choice, she set records for lowest career goals against average (0.52) and shutouts (35 in 60 games)—marks that still stand 20 years later. She was part of two teams that were ranked as high as No. 2 in the nation (1994, 1996) and the team held a win percentage of 78% during her three years. She received the John Bilos Award in 1997 for her career achievement. DeFlippo is the sixth women’s soccer player to reach the Hall of Fame.
Laws, from Wyncote, Pa., was a four-year Division I standout on the basketball court. She earned America East all-conference honors three times, twice on the top team. Laws tallied 1,246 career points—fifth most in school history. She also is among the top-10 with 624 career rebounds. In each of her sophomore and junior seasons, Laws led the team in both scoring and rebounding and two of her four seasons produced 17-win campaigns. Her awards were aplenty and included being the school’s Female Athlete of the Year in 2003-04. She made the 2006 America East All-Championship team, All-Academic Team and she also was tabbed for the conference’s Female Sportsmanship honor. Laws also was chosen as an Arthur Ashe, Jr. Scholar-Athlete and SUNY Chancellor Scholar-Athlete in 2006. She went on to receive the John Bilos award in 2006 for career achievement. Laws becomes the seventh women’s basketball player to be voted into the Hall of Fame.
The Class of 2016, voted in by a 14-member committee, will bring the current Hall of Fame membership to 103. The 21st Annual Induction Ceremony and Dinner will be held following a basketball doubleheader with the women’s and men’s teams.