NORTH ANDOVER, MA – Former Merrimack All-American men's soccer player Steve McAuliffe (Kingston, MA) (1994-97) was inducted into the Northeast-10 Hall of Fame Tuesday night at the conference's annual banquet in Providence.
"I am honored to be considered for the Northeast 10 Hall of Fame and I am proud to represent Merrimack College" said McAuliffe. "I would like to thank the entire Merrimack Community and specifically Coach Tony Martone. It was an honor to play alongside such great people."
A first-team academic and athletic All-American in 1997, McAuliffe led the team with a career-high 14 goals and 10 assists, as the Warriors compiled a 16-6 record.
He helped lead Merrimack to three Northeast-10 titles and was a four-time first-team all-conference honoree.
"I am extremely happy for Steve for being selected for induction into the Northeast 10 Conference Hall of Fame for the contributions he has made to Merrimack College, to our Men's Soccer Program and to the conference as a former student-athlete," said head men's soccer coach Tony Martone, who is entering his 30th season at Merrimack. "I am proud to say that in my 30 years of coaching, Steve perhaps is the best example of the ideal student-athlete that I feel best represents our soccer program. He is a wonderful human being, dedicated to his family, friends and peers."
McAuliffe's name is sprinkled throughout the Merrimack record books.
Among career records, he ranks first in games played (89), second in points (138), second in goals (45), second in assists (48), second in points per game for a career (1.55) and second in assists in a season (18).
"He was a tremendous student in the classroom and, on the soccer field; he was a fierce competitor who always put the team first," said Martone. "This, combined with his soccer talent, allowed him to make exceptional contributions to our program that will be extremely hard to match by anyone in the future. His accomplishments also have solidified his place among the elite players to have ever played in our conference. Along with everyone associated with Merrimack College, I congratulate Steve for this well deserved recognition."
In 1994 and 1997, McAuliffe led the Warriors to 16 wins, marking the most wins in a season in school history. With the induction, McAuliffe becomes the fourth student-athlete from Merrimack to be inducted into the Northeast-10 Hall of Fame.
In 2011, Raffaella Paparo (Softball), was inducted into the Hall of Fame, while Kim (Page) Ducharme, who anchored the mound on the 1994 women's softball squad, was inducted in 2006. Sue Plante, from the women's soccer team, was inducted in 2007, while the 1994 softball squad was the first team to be inducted into the NE-10 Hall of Fame in 2007.