Athletic Hall of Fame

Class of 2019

Dan Lesser, ’94

One of McQuaid Jesuit’s all-time best distance runners, Dan Lesser’s name appears on six Section V trophies in cross-country, indoor track, and outdoor track. A four-year varsity cross-country runner, Dan helped the Knights to three Section V titles (1991, 1992, 1993) and the 1992 New York state title. During his senior year in 1993, Dan finished first five times, including becoming the first McQuaid runner to win the Steve Prefontaine Memorial award given to the fastest boys time of the day at the McQuaid Invitational, and the third to win the Section V championship. He would finish 7th in states that year.

Dan was a member of three more sectional winning track teams; the 1992 and 1994 outdoor teams, and the 1994 indoor team where he placed first in the 3200 meters and also went on to win states in the same event.

At graduation, Dan received the University Award, given to the senior who has made outstanding accomplishments in both athletics and academics. He went on to run for Brown.


 

Tyler Relph, ’03

One of the best players in Section V history, Tyler Relph started four of his five seasons as a member of McQuaid’s varsity basketball team, amassing 1,809 points, while leading the Knights to two sectional titles (2002, 2003) and the 2003 New York state title. A three-time All-Greater Rochester first team selection, he was twice named player of the year and, as a senior, earned the title of New York state’s Mr. Basketball, averaging 21 points, 6.2 assists, 4.1 rebounds, and 2.3 assists per game. With more than 30 Division I scholarship offers, Tyler chose West Virginia but transferred to St. Bonaventure following his freshman year where, as a senior, he averaged 11.9 points, 3.9 assists, and shot 43 percent from 3-point land and led the nation in free-throw percentage (94). He was inducted into the Section V Basketball Hall of Fame in 2016 and the Frontier Field Walk of Fame in 2018.


 

1975 Football Team

Team: Tom Achille, ’76, Dave Aha, ’76, Tom Argentieri, ’77, Kevin Barney, ’76, Tom Burke, ’77, John Buzzelli, ’77, John Celentani, ’79, Jose Celorio, ’76, Tom Clement, ’77, Jim Crockford, John Darcy, ’77, Tom DeMaria, ’77, Bob Demmerle, ’76, Mike Francesco, ’76, Mike Ganey, ’77, Jack Giambrone, ’77, Eugene Goodlow, ’77, John Gsellmeier, ’76, Pat Hanna, ’77, Matt Hanna, ’76, Brian Holmes, ’77, Greg Jackson, ’76, Kevin Judge, ’77, Craig Kennedy, ’76, J. Christopher Klee, ’76, Mike Lenyk, ’78, Tom Limbeck, Mark Lyons, ’77, Jim Makowiec, ’76, Domenic Mancuso, ’77, John Marrs, ’77, Jim Meyer, ’77, Shaun O’Heaney, ’77, J. Duffield Prince, ’77, Rich Przysinda, ’77, Tony Quercia, ’76, Mike Robinson, ’78, Joe Ross, ’77, John Santangelo, ’78, Tom Scheg, ’77, Mark Sertl, ’76, Peter Springer, ’76, Peter Stone, ’76, John Trabucco, ’77, Mike Tuohey, ’77, Tom Wiese, ’77, Mike Wiese, ’76, Bob Williams, ’77 Head Coach: Tom Seymour Managers: Jim Kremer, ’76, Peter Lewis, ’76

The varsity football team won its final eight games during the 1974 season and the 1975 didn’t want to be responsible for breaking that streak. The ’75 football Knights rode rough-shod over all corners in their eight game season, Utica, Franklin, Aquinas, Brighton, Kearney, Madison, Mooney, and Edison to achieve a perfect season, the No. 1 spot once again in the Times Union poll, and the second consecutive City-Catholic Championship. The moment of the year for many belonged to senior Peter Stone and freshman kicker John Celentani. Favored to win, Aquinas had scored in the first 10 minutes of the game and the score held at 6-0 well into the second half until Stone faked a handoff and bolted 66 yards to the uprights and Celentani skewed the final score in McQuaid’s favor, 7-6 – the same as the previous year.


 

1976 Football Team

Team: Mark Andrews, ’78, Tom Argentieri, ’77, Andy Bayer, ’78, David Biche, ’78, Tom Burke, ’77, John Buzzelli, ’77, Chris Cantabene, ’78, John Celentani, ’79, Tom Clement, ’77, Bill Cooper, ’78, Tom Darby, ’78, John Darcy, ’77, Tom DeMaria, ’77, Steve Desino, ’78, Joe Fina, ’78, Mike Ganey, ’77, Jack Giambrone, ’77, Chuck Graham, ’79, Pat Hanna, ’77, Tom Hartzell, ’78, Brian Holmes, ’77, Kevin Judge, ’77, Dan Lawless, ’78, Mike Lenyk, ’78, Wells Lifka, ’79, Mark Lyons, ’77, Domenic Mancuso, ’77, Tim Mangan, ’78, John Marrs, ’77, Shaun O’Heaney, ’77, Rich Przysinda, ’77, Dave Roberson, ’79, Mike Robinson, ’78, John Santangelo, ’78, Tom Scheg, ’77, Greg Schott, ’78, John Trabucco, ’77, Mike Tuohey, ’77, Tom Wiese, ’77, Bob Williams, ’77, Steve Zinone, ’78 Head Coach: Tom Seymour

Never before had any McQuaid team scored 300 points in one single season (37.5 average per game), nor finished third in the New York State polls, nor carried a winning streak to 24 games. Only three of the eight teams the Knights met this year scored against them even once. Talent was this team’s trademark and boasted one of the most balanced backfields in McQuaid history with seniors Shaun O’Heaney at quarterback, Mark Lyons at fullback, Eugene Goodlow at tailback and Pat Hanna at flanker. And for the fifth straight year the Football Knights defeated the Little Irish, this time by a whopping 47-28.

It wasn’t until 1978 that McQuaid’s football team competed in sectionals.

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