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Class of 2006 Inductees
|Chris Brantley - Football
Chris Brantley, originally from Teaneck, NJ, enjoyed a standout career for the Scarlet Knights, catching 144 passes, including 17 for touchdowns, from 1990-93. Brantley gained 1,914 yards through the air (13.3 yards per catch). Brantley was an All-BIG EAST selection as a senior, when he caught 56 passes for 589 yards and seven touchdowns. Following his senior season, he was selected in the 1994 NFL Draft by the Los Angeles Rams and later played for the Buffalo Bills. Brantley will long be remembered for his outstanding performance in the Scarlet Knights' memorable 50-49 come-from-behind win over Virginia Tech in the 1992 Homecoming Game. The talented, sure-handed receiver hauled in eight passes for 124 yards and four touchdowns, but none more important than the 15-yard reception from QB Bryan Fortay deep in the right end zone as time ran out, giving Rutgers the victory.
|Christine Lacy - Women's Field Hockey/Lacrosse
A 1986 graduate of Cook College, Lacy was a two-sport standout during her Rutgers career, starring in both field hockey and women's lacrosse. Lacy was bestowed one of the highest honors in Rutgers Athletics when she received the Headley-Singer Award in 1986, awarded annually to the outstanding female student-athlete. Lacy was primarily a defender, excelling as a four-year starter in both field hockey and women's lacrosse from 1982-1986. In field hockey, she earned a spot on the USA Under-21 and Under-23 National Team and participated in the United States Olympic Festival. A 1985 Honorable Mention All-American, Lacy also guided the Scarlet Knights to the Final Eight in the 1984 NCAA Tournament. She was a two-time scholar-athlete and captained the field hockey squad her senior season. Lacy, an Environmental Science major, also excelled in the classroom, finishing with a cumulative grade point average above 3.7, while posting a 4.0 GPA during her final semester.
|David Collins - Rowing
Collins was a three-year varsity letterwinner for men's crew, captaining the lightweight team both his junior and senior years. During his standout career as a member of the Scarlet Knights, he led the lightweight eight to a fifth place performance at the EARC Championships in each of his three years with the program. As a senior in 1991, Collins led RU to the Intercollegiate Rowing Association National Championship, winning the pair event. He was honored with the Outstanding Athletic Achievement Award from Rutgers in recognition of his national title. Following his stellar Rutgers career, Collins, who graduated with a degree in Industrial Engineering, was selected to compete on six United States National Rowing teams. He won a bronze medal at the 1991 World Championships and represented the National Team in the 1992, 1993, 1994 and 1995 World Championships. Collins won a total of seven United States National Rowing titles, including a gold medal in the lightweight eight at the 1995 Pan-American Games in Argentina. In the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Collins' lightweight four won the bronze medal, becoming the fourth Rutgers rowing Olympian to have won a medal at the Olympic Games.
|Albert Ray - Men's Lacrosse
A two-sport standout in both lacrosse and football during his Rutgers career, spanning 1979-83, Ray earned four varsity letters in lacrosse and three in football. Ray was one of the top lacrosse players in the nation throughout his career "On the Banks," earning All-America honors in three of his four years. He was an honorable mention selection in 1980 before receiving first and second team laurels as a junior and a senior. In 1982, the midfielder was selected to participate in the prestigious North/South All-Star Game, featuring the nation's top players. Ray was awarded one of Rutgers' Athletics top honors when he received the Coursen Award in 1982, as the Most Outstanding Male Student-Athlete. He was also the recipient of the William Miller Trophy, honoring the lacrosse team's most outstanding player that season. On the gridiron, Ray was the team's top rushing leader for three seasons from 1979 through 1981 and earned All-East honors. Upon graduation, Ray served as the Assistant Director of the NCAA Volunteer Youth Program. He was invited to try out with the Denver Broncos as a free agent. Ray led the Franklin High School (Somerset, NJ) football team to a pair of state championships as the Warriors' head coach, and also served as head lacrosse coach at Bridgewater West High School. Five years ago, Ray was inducted into the Long Island Metropolitan Lacrosse Hall of Fame. He is the eighth member of the men's lacrosse program to be inducted into the Rutgers Olympic Sports Hall of Fame.
|Cheryl Cop - Women's Basketball
Cheryl Cop, a native of Elizabeth, N.J., helped lead the Scarlet Knights to four NCAA Tournament berths (1990-1993), the 1993 Atlantic-10 Conference Tournament title and started 87 of a possible 94 games during her career. She finished her career among the top ten all-time in free throw percentage (.766) and a career average of 7.9 points and 3.2 assists per game. Cop led RU in assists at 3.5 per game in 1991 and in 1993 at 3.1 per game. A member of the 1990 Atlantic 10-Freshman Team and Bell Atlantic Holiday Tournament Team in 1990, Cop was also a standout in the classroom, Cop was a three-time Rutgers Scholar-Athlete (1991, 1992, 1993) and was named to the Atlantic-10 All-Academic Team in 1991. Captaining the Scarlet Knights during her junior and senior years, Cop was labeled as "Most Courageous" for returning from a season-ending knee injury and Type I diabetes diagnosis during her freshman year. In 1993, she won the Headley-Singer Award, given annually to the most outstanding graduating female athlete at Rutgers.
|Jeff Zaun - Men's Soccer
An All-American and National Player of the Year candidate during his time "On the Banks," Zaun has truly made his mark on the Rutgers soccer program. He starred at Rutgers from 1989-1993, leading the Scarlet Knights to a pair of Final Fours, including the NCAA Championship match in 1991. In that 1991 season, Zaun recorded four game-winning goals, guiding the Scarlet Knights to a 19-3-1 record. A three-time captain, Zaun earned a pair of NSCAA All-Region selections as both a back and a midfielder in the 1990 and 1991 seasons. He was a four-year letterwinner for the Scarlet Knights, starting 77 games during his career. In his rookie campaign, the former New Jersey High School Player of the Year was named the Atlantic-10 Freshman of the Year in 1989. He went on to earn several All-Atlantic 10 laurels the following years. Rutgers enjoyed a 76-15-4 record during his four seasons with the Scarlet Knights. Upon graduation, Zaun continued his soccer career at the professional level, playing a total of four seasons in the MLS as a member of the New York/New Jersey MetroStars and the Chicago Fire. He also spent time at Drew University and Rutgers as an assistant coach. Zaun was the seventh men's soccer player to be inducted into the Rutgers Olympic Sports Hall of Fame.
|Alex Falcinelli - Football
Alex Falcinelli was one of the greatest kickers to ever play for the Scarlet Knights, leading the team in scoring for three consecutive seasons (1980-82). Known for possessing a strong and accurate leg, Falcinelli boomed three 51-yard field goals, and a 50-yarder, as a senior in 1982. Falcinelli earned All-East honors as a senior, hitting 12-of-15 field goals and adding 16 extra points. Originally from Belvidere, NJ, Falcinelli finished his career with 168 points in three seasons as the Scarlet Knights' kicker. His 38 field goals made during that time rank third in Rutgers history. Falcinelli converted 38-of-49 field goals, a percentage of .776, which ranks first in school history.