Former University of Vermont basketball players Lani Boardman (Silversides) '05, Taylor Coppenrath '05, and T.J. Sorrentine '05 have been selected for the New England Basketball Hall of Fame.
The trio will be enshrined along with other former greats from the New England region at a formal dinner and ceremony on June 22 at the DCU Center in Worcester, Mass. The Class of 2013 marks the sixth induction class since the inaugural ceremony in 2002.
Boardman, now the head girls' basketball coach and a teacher at Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass., finished her career at UVM ranked among the all-time leaders in 10 different categories. She graduated 11th among the all-time leading scorers with 1,227 points and is one of seven players in school history to score over 1,000 points, grab 500 rebounds and hand out 200 assists. She currently ranks among the top-10 in free throw percentage (4th), blocks (6th), 3-point field goals made (8th) and games played (8th).
As a freshman Boardman was part of a UVM team that won an America East Regular Season title and advanced to the quarterfinals of the WNIT Postseason Tournament. As a senior, she earned America East All-Conference Second Team honors and earned a spot on the America East All-Championship squad. She was also named the team MVP in her final season of 2004-05.
Coppenrath and Sorrentine led Vermont to three straight America East Conference titles during their four-year career (2001-05).
Coppenrath, who is in his seventh season playing overseas, graduated ranked second among UVM's all-time leading scorers with 2,442 career points (21.4 ppg). He also ranks among the program's all-time leaders in field goals made and was fifth in rebounding (839) and blocks (83).
Coppenrath won the America East Conference Player of the Year honor three times and was the Reggie Lewis Most Outstanding Player in 2004 and 2005. He was also a three-time AP All-American Honorable Mention and a finalist for the John Wooden Award as a senior.
Sorrentine, the associate head men's basketball coach at Brown University, was a two-year captain for the Catamounts. He was an America East Rookie of the Year, America East Player of the Year and a three-time America East All-Conference First Team performer.
Sorrentine ranks third among the all-time leading scorers at Vermont (2,013 pts) and ranks among UVM's top-10 all-time in eight other categories, including a program-record 354 career 3-pointers.
Coppenrath and Sorrentine led Vermont to three straight appearances in the NCAA Tournament. The duo were an integral part of Vermont's first-ever NCAA Tournament win when the No. 13-seeded Catamounts upset No. 4 Syracuse in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at the DCU Center in Worcester in 2005.
Courtesy: UVM Athletic Department
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