CONWAY — Lasell College will honor its athletic heritage this fall when the 2019 class is enshrined into the Lasell Athletic Hall of Fame in Newton, Massachusetts. Among the four individuals to be inducted is Michael Skelton on Freedom, who was a Third-Team All-America, two-time All-New England selection and Great Northeast Athletic Conference Player of the Year in men’s soccer who set the program scoring records while leading the team to four winning seasons and one post-season berth.
This year's induction ceremony, set for Oct. 18, will mark the second class to be enshrined into the Lasell Athletic Hall of Fame. The new inductees honor some of the elite Laser student-athletes over the last two decades, representing the sports of men’s basketball, field hockey, men’s and women’s lacrosse, and men’s soccer.
The 2019 inductees are: Skelton, Class of 2014; Mark DeMieri, ’08 (men’s lacrosse); Tia Pratt, ’11 (field hockey); Ashley Slattery, ’13 (women’s lacrosse); and the 2001-02 men’s basketball team (went 21-7 record, captured the North Atlantic Conference championship and has the distinction of being first Lasell team in any sport to qualify for the NCAA Championship Tournament).
Skelton, the son of Jody and John Skelton of Freedom, was a four-year scoring sensation for the Lasell men’s soccer team, Skelton was a four-time All-Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) selection, a two-time GNAC Player of the Year and All-New England First Team pick, and a Third Team All-American in 2013. He owns Lasell records for goals and points in a season and career, and led the Lasers to four winning seasons and the title game of the 2013 ECAC post-season tournament.
Skelton, who is currently the assistant women’s soccer coach at Niagara University, was a Second Team All-Conference choice as a freshman in 2009, but missed most of the 2010 season with an injury. He came back in 2011 as the team’s leading scorer with 15 goals, earning his second spot of the All-GNAC Second Team. Skelton moved to the upper echelon his junior and senior seasons, combing for 36 goals and eight assists and earning GNAC Player of the Year and All-New England First Team honors both years. He was a Third Team All-American in 2013 with a 22-goal performance, which ranked fifth nationally in Division III. He has the top two single-season marks in school history in both goals and points, and tops the career lists with 55 goals and 126 points.
A native of Conway, Skelton, a standout at Kennett High in soccer and ice hockey and later coach of the varsity girls’ soccer team, helped the Lasers to a combined 51-20-9 overall record under head coach Giovanni Pacini, including a 27-6-1 mark against GNAC opponents. He led the team to a program-best 17-4-2 mark as a senior, including a 10-game unbeaten streak before falling to Springfield in the ECAC New England Championship game.
"We are very excited to be inducting another outstanding class into the Lasell Athletic Hall of Fame,” said director of athletics Kristy Walter. “Everyone in this class made a huge impact on their sport and the athletic program at Lasell. They will go down in our history as some of the greats to have worn a Laser uniform. We look forward to inducting them this fall, and hope this honor means as much to them as they have meant to Lasell Athletics.”
The induction ceremony will take place on Oct. 18, at the Brae Burn Country Club during the college's Family, Friends and Alumni Weekend.