LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. – The Siena Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2016 features four all-time greats which combined to lead their respective programs to eight total MAAC Tournament Championships and NCAA Tournament appearances. First-ballot Hall of Famers Ryan Rossiter ’11 from men’s basketball and Tabitha Tice from women’s soccer ’11 will be inducted alongside volleyball’s Nadiege Honore ’08 and men’s lacrosse’s Chris Viviano ’09.
The quartet will be enshrined in a special ceremony held on Saturday, Feb. 4 from 5-7 p.m. at Angelo’s 677 Prime in downtown Albany. The inductees will also be recognized later that evening at halftime of men’s basketball’s game vs. Canisius at the Times Union Center. Online registration to attend the ceremony will soon be accessible at www.siena.edu/halloffame. For more information, contact the Siena College Alumni Relations Office at (518) 783-2430 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
A native of San Fernando, Trinidad, Honore led the volleyball program to three consecutive MAAC Championships from 2005-07. Named Siena College’s 2007-08 Female Student Athlete of the Year, she ranks fourth all-time in program history in kills (1,461) and fifth in kills per set (3.63), while also totaling 910 career digs. Honore was named the 2007 MAAC Tournament MVP after posting 21 kills and 16 digs in the Saints’ Championship win at Fairfield. She was also tabbed a 2005 First Team All-MAAC, 2006 MAAC All-Tournament Team, and 2007 Second Team All-MAAC selection.
Siena Basketball’s all-time leading rebounder (1,151), Rossiter was a key member during arguably the best three-year run in program history from 2008-10 which culminated with three MAAC Championships and NCAA Tournament berths. The Staten Island, New York standout ranks third all-time in program history in blocks (167) and 11th in scoring (1,457) for teams which posted the winningest back-to-back seasons (54) and most wins over three consecutive seasons (77) in program history. He also holds Siena’s single-season records for field goal percentage (.624 in 2008-09), rebounds (408 in 2010-11), and rebounds per game (13.2 in 2010-11). In 2011, Rossiter was tabbed an Associated Press All-American Honorable Mention, MAAC Player of the Year, NABC District I First Team, Basketball Times All-Northeast District, and an ECAC Second Team selection.
Tice becomes the second member of the Siena Women’s Soccer program to be enshrined in the Siena Athletics Hall of Fame, joining Noel Cox ’06 who was inducted in 2011. The Manlius, New York product provided the biggest score in program history, tallying the game-winning golden goal in overtime of the 2010 MAAC Championship match to lift Siena to its first-ever title, and was named the Tournament Most Outstanding Player for her heroics. Tice was tabbed a First Team All-MAAC and First Team All-Region selection during the Saints’ magical season in which she scored a team-high 12 goals and tied for the team lead in both scoring (27) and game-winning goals (four) while leading the squad to a program record 17 wins which began with a 12-0 start in which Siena was ranked 25th nationally for consecutive weeks in the Soccer America Top-25 Poll. Nominated as the MAAC’s 2010-11 NCAA Woman of the Year honoree, she ranks tied for fifth in program history in game-winning goals (seven), and tied for seventh in both scoring (58) and goals (22).
Viviano becomes the men’s lacrosse program’s first inductee in 16 years, and is the first player from the Saints’ heralded Class of 2009 which took the program to new heights, to be enshrined in the Hall of Fame. A three-time First Team All-MAAC selection, the defenseman was named the 2009 MAAC Defensive Player of the Year. The New Hyde Park, New York star is Siena’s all-time leader in both career (53) and single-season (28 in 2009) caused turnovers. Viviano helped guide Siena to the program’s first two MAAC Regular Season Championships in both 2007 and 2009, which culminated with the first-ever MAAC Tournament Championship and NCAA Tournament appearance in 2009. A two-time team captain, he anchored a Siena defense which led the nation in goals against average in 2008 (6.25), and ranked second nationally in 2009 (6.5).