Nine Gain Induction into the BC Varsity Club Hall of Fame
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – Nine people have been selected to the Boston College Varsity Club Athletic Hall of Fame for the fall of 2021. In the first two-year induction cycle, British Columbia adds eight former athletes, including one from the veteran era and an administrator.
The inductees are Will Blackmon ’06 (football), Mallory Champa ’09 ’10 (women’s athletics), Laura Georges ’07 (women’s football), Tim Hasselbeck ’00 (football), Patrick Mahoney ’25 (men’s track & field) , Brooks orpik ’02 (men’s ice hockey), Kevin Stevens ’87 (men’s ice hockey) and Carolyn Swords ’11 (women’s basketball). The Varsity Club Hall of Fame Committee also elected longtime BC Sports Administrator Donna Bennett.
The committee also recognizes Tracey Harney Blaisdell as the recipient of the Reverend William J. Donlon Award of Excellence. The award is presented to an individual who has demonstrated extraordinary dedication and rendered exceptional service to Boston College athletics, whether on or off the fields of. It is awarded to a person deemed worthy by the board of directors of the BCVC and the board of presidents.
The 2021 Varsity Club Hall of Fame ceremony is scheduled for Friday, November 19, before the Eagles’ football game against Florida State on Saturday. Full details and ticket information will be available at a later date.
Biographies of inductees
Will Blackmon ’06, Soccer – A dynamic player in all three sides of the football field for Tom O’Brien’s team from 2002 to 2005, Will Blackmon was a three-time all-conference performer as a cornerback, kick returner and wide catcher . In their time with the Eagles, British Columbia was 35-15 with four bowling appearances. Looking for another offensive weapon to receive targets from first-time starting quarterback Matt Ryan, Blackmon took wide receiver shots for the first time at the college level as a senior for the 2005 season. caught 51 passes for 763 yards and four touchdowns. He ended his career for the first time ever in kickoff returns (110) and in yards on kickoff returns (2,700) in British Columbia history. Blackmon was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in 2006 to kick off a 12-year NFL career that included a Super Bowl XLVI Championship with the New York Giants.
Mallory Champa ’09 ’10, Athletics Women / Cross-Country – One of the most decorated long distance runners in BC track and cross country history, Mallory Champa was one of the first great athletes of the ACC-era Eagles. She was the ACC champion in the 3000m indoor race in 2010. Champa has been a three-time member of the All-ACC cross-country team; winning sophomore All-America honors in 2006. She competed in the NCAA National Cross Country Championship in all four, leading the Eagles team in 2006, 2007 and 2008. Champa peaked with a third place finish in the NCAA regional cross-country competition. in 2008. She was also a three-time winner of the All-Northeast region.
Laura Georges ’07, Women’s Football – An elite center back on the heights, Laura Georges transported this talent beyond British Columbia to a 12-year professional football career in Europe. As a member of the Boston College women’s soccer team, she was a two-time US NSCAA All-Star during her three-year career. Georges was a semi-finalist for the Herman Trophy and won the ACC Defender of the Year award in 2006. Over a 158-game career, she anchored a backline of British Columbia who placed ninth in the country and first in the ACC for shutout percentage in 2005 as she helped guide the Eagles to three NCAA tournaments in her career, including two eighth appearances final. Before arriving on the Heights, Georges made her national team debut with France in 2001 and was a member of the France team for the 2003 World Cup. She accumulated 188 caps in her international career. Professionally, she divides her career between Olympique Lyon and Paris Saint-Germain.
Tim Hasselbeck ’00, Football – An ultimate competitor and one of New England’s most recruited quarterbacks, Tim Hasselbeck spent two seasons under center as a Boston College starter in 1999 and 2000. Hasselbeck was put to the test during of his first two seasons with the Eagles, facing some competition within his position group, before landing the starting position as a junior. In his first season leading the offense, Hasselbeck led BC to eight wins, one bowl appearance and a 31-29 loss in the 25th Notre Dame. As a team captain in 2000, he guided the Eagles to a seven-game winning season, including the Aloha Bowl, and was named the winner of the team’s Scanlan Award. Hasselbeck ranks 10e all-time in assists (3,980) and ninth in touchdowns (29) in BC history. Despite being an undrafted free agent, he continued his NFL career for eight years.
Patrick Mahoney ’25, Men’s Athletics – At a time when athletics reigned supreme, Boston College was at the pinnacle of the sport. Patrick Mahoney and his teammates won the two mile relay at the historic Penn Relay Carnival in 1924. In the process, the Eagle Quartet set the then world record at 7 minutes, 47 and 3/5 seconds with Mahoney performing the second stage in front of 40,000 spectators. The Eagles beat previous Penn State record holders with Georgetown and the University of Cambridge in England. Mahoney and the Eagles also won a 1924 NEICAA Championship that spring.
Brooks orpik ’02, Men’s Ice Hockey – Brooks orpik left his mark on the Boston College men’s ice hockey team and in the NHL as a stopping defenseman. He was an integral part of the Eagles squad for the 2001 National Championship and also helped British Columbia win two Hockey East playoff titles in 1999 and 2001. Orpik played 119 games in three seasons with the Eagles and has amassed 39 career assists. He was drafted after his second season as an 18e overall choice in 2000 and signed a year later; begins a 17-year career in the NHL. Orpik won two Stanley Cup titles; first with Pittsburgh in 2009 and later with Washington in 2018. In international competition, Orpik represented the United States at the 2010 and 2014 Olympics; winning a silver medal in 2010.
Kevin Stevens ’87, Men’s Ice Hockey – A local product born in Brockton and raised in Pembroke, Kevin Stevens had an immediate impact on the Boston College men’s ice hockey team; accumulating 20 points in his freshman campaign. During a four-year career that spanned from 1983 to 1987, he totaled 170 points on 71 goals and 99 assists in 158 games. Stevens, a 1987 All-American and two-time captain, led the Eagles with 35 goals during his senior season. The Eagles played four NCAA tournaments in his career and a Frozen Four in 1985. Stevens ended his career seventh in points and ninth in assists. As a professional, he played 14 seasons in the NHL, including nine seasons in Pittsburgh, where he won back-to-back Stanley Cup titles in 1991 and 1992.
Carolyn Swords ’11, Women’s Basketball – Boston College’s women’s basketball record book is filled with Carolyn Swords’ name atop several of the program’s biggest single-season and career achievements. The program’s second-all-time leading scorer with 2,029 points recently concluded a nine-year WNBA career and a seven-year professional career abroad in Europe and Australia. Swords won the All-American Honorable Mention, All-ACC First Team, and won the ACC Graduate Scholarship as a Senior in 2011. She also received All-ACC Second Team Honors, Honorable Mention and Team Rookie throughout his career. Swords is British Columbia’s all-time leader in rebounds (1,159), blocks (178) and games (133) and is the only club member with 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds. She holds the three best single-season rebounding performances of all time in British Columbia with a record 316 in 2009 and the four best field goal percentages in a single season with a record 71.4% in 2011; Headed the NCAA each year from 2009 to 2011. A two-time captain, Swords crowned his career in British Columbia as the 2011 Eagle of the Year.
Donna Bennett, Administration – In a career spanning five decades in the Boston College Track and Field Department, Donna Bennet has provided guidance, encouragement, mentorship, empathy and more as a sports coach to hundreds of student-athletes from British Columbia. As an athletics coach, her duties went well beyond her responsibilities in sports medicine. As Title IX progress began to take shape on campuses across the country, opportunities for female athletes continued to grow and Bennett took on additional support roles in travel, expense, and conditioning. Bennett has had a direct impact on the lives and careers of British Columbia student-athletes in the fields of women’s basketball, lacrosse, soccer and field hockey with a primary focus on the athletic training of each. team, but more particularly as an advocate for each of the young women and their team’s equal place in the Boston College athletic landscape.
Rev. William J. Donlon Special Award of Excellence
Tracey Harney Blaisdell – An outstanding defenseman and goaltender in the early years of the BC women’s lacrosse team, Harney Blaisdell helped pave the way for the team’s transition from club to college status. She was part of Boston College’s first women’s program to be invited to a national tournament as the lacrosse team placed third at the USWLA National Championships. After her playing career, Harney Blaisdell became involved with the Varsity Club, helping to launch the President’s Council and later as chair of the board.
2021 Varsity Club Hall of Fame Inductees
Will Blackmon ’06, Soccer
Mallory Champa ’09 ’10, Athletics Women
Laura Georges ’07, Women’s Football
Tim Hasselbeck ’00, Football
Patrick Mahoney ’25, Men’s Athletics
Brooks orpik ’02, Men’s ice hockey
Kevin Stevens ’87, Men’s Ice Hockey
Carolyn Swords ’11, Women’s Basketball
Donna Bennett, Administration
Rev. William J. Donlon Special Award of Excellence
Tracey Harney Blaisdell 82