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The Rensselaer Athletic Hall of Fame inducted five new members at an on-campus ceremony April 14. The Class of 2002 includes Sue Bator 95, who played soccer, basketball, and lacrosse, manager Eugene Margolis 56, football players J.P. Peterson 94 and Alic Scott 95, and baseball player Jim Willard 96.
As a goalkeeper on the soccer field, Sue Bator 95 played in 53 games, compiling a career goals-against average of 1.63 and 10 shutouts. She is the schools record-holder for saves in a game (50), saves in a season (240 in 1993), and saves in a career (722). In basketball, Bator is widely considered the best player in the programs 27-year history. She is currently first in school history in career points (1,420) and second in career rebounds (929). Bator took up lacrosse for the first time as a graduate student. That year, she earned All-State honors after tallying 45 points (25 goals, 20 assists) in 12 games.
Eugene Margolis 56 served as the team manager for the tennis team as a sophomore, the basketball team as a junior, and the football team as a senior. In this capacity, he was responsible for securing officials, distributing and maintaining equipment and uniforms, field preparations, team travel arrangements, statistics, and media relations.
A running back for the football team, J.P. Peterson 94 led the Engineers in rushing in each of his four seasons and graduated as the school record holder for touchdowns in a career (32). As a freshman, he was the ECAC Rookie of the Year after setting a school record for yards rushing by a freshman (538). Over his final three seasons, Peterson averaged 759 yards and nine touchdowns per year.
Alic Scott 95, an offensive guard, captained the football team to an 8-2 record and the ECAC Northwest Championship as a senior. That year, the Engineers gained a school record 2,224 yards rushing and 1,342 passing yards, allowing only two sacks. Scott was one of only four players nationwide to be selected for the Burger King/National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Award. In the classroom, he held a perfect 4.0 grade point average through his first three years and won the Arthur Ashe Award for excellence in athletics and academics.
Jim Willard 96, one of the top baseball players in Rensselaer history, had a career batting average of .351 in 151 games. In 522 at bats, he had 183 hits, including 47 doubles, three triples, and 26 home runs. He also scored 129 runs and knocked in 184 more. An outfielder, Willard walked 62 times, stole 24 bases, and committed just nine errors. Among the school records Willard holds are hits in a game (5), runs batted in in a season (59 in 1996), longest hitting streak (23 games), home runs in a career, and career RBI.
The Athletic Hall of Fame is accepting nominations for future members. Send your nomination to the Athletic Department at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Alumni Sports and Recreation Center, 110 Eighth St., Troy, NY 12180.
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