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Marymount Announces 2012 Athletics Hall of Fame Class

Monday, March 05, 2012
Arlington, Va. – Marymount University is proud to announce its seventh Athletics Hall of Fame class, to be inducted on Saturday, May 12. Four former Saints standouts will be enshrined, including men’s lacrosse’s Matt Murray, women’s lacrosse’s Rachel Sybor and multi-sport student-athletes Violaine Romans-Murray and Patty Wimsatt Myler.

Matt Murray ’99, Men’s Lacrosse
Marymount men’s lacrosse has been known to produce phenomenal goalkeepers since the program’s inception in 1992. Matt Murray is no exception and his name can be found strewn about the NCAA, Capital Athletic Conference and Saints record books.

A three-time All-CAC selection, Murray was a first team honoree in 1997 while garnering second team accolades in both 1998 and 1999. He is currently ranked second all-time at Marymount in career saves, save percentage and goals-against average.

On the national stage, Murray’s numbers stand up just as impressively. He finished his career 11th all-time in NCAA Division III in minutes played, 13th in career saves and 17th in goals-against average.

Violaine Romans-Murray ’94, Women’s Basketball
A two-sport student-athlete at Marymount, Violaine Romans-Murray starred on the hardwood as the Saints became one of the most dominant women’s basketball programs in the nation. After an already stellar beginning to her collegiate career, she put together one of the most decorated senior seasons in program history.

A three-time All-CAC selection, Romans-Murray was named the CAC Player of the Year, Honorable Mention Kodak All-America, First Team All-CAC and First Team VaSID All-State as a senior. The Saints won their fourth-straight CAC championship, second consecutive NCAA scoring title and reached the NCAA Sweet 16 in back-to-back seasons.

Romans-Murray was also the first Saint to play professionally, signing a contract with Kavigal Sports in Nice, France, after graduation. She also played two years of volleyball while at Marymount.

Rachel Sybor ’05, Women’s Lacrosse
Not exclusive to the men’s side, Marymount’s women’s goalkeepers have proved to be some of the best in the nation as well. Rachel Sybor can attest, putting together the top career and one of the best seasons between the pipes in MU program history.

Named the Capital Athletic Conference Unsung Hero in 2003, Sybor went on to produce a prolific career on the field. She was named First Team All-CAC in 2005 en route to picking up IWLCA First Team All-Region and VaSID First Team All-State honors as well.

Sybor closed out her career as Marymount’s all-time leader in career saves per game and goals-against average. Off the field, she was named a CAC scholar-athlete four-straight times.

Patty Wimsatt Myler ’66, Women’s Basketball, Field Hockey and Tennis
Representing the pre-NCAA era, Patty Wimsatt Myler was a true pioneer of athletics at Marymount. A three-sport athlete, Myler lettered in basketball, field hockey and tennis while also serving as the assistant manager for the swimming team.

Averaging over 15 points a game on the hardwood, Myler’s basketball squad defeated local powerhouses Georgetown and American University. Also excelling outdoors, the field hockey team beat Maryland during her tenure in Arlington.

Off the field of play Myler was a true ambassador for the college, serving as the president of the Booster Club in 1965 and was the president of the Athletic Association in 1966. She was honored with the Mother Butler Gold Medal in 1966, awarded to the recipient with greatest devotion to the ideals of Marymount.

2012 Marymount University Athletics Hall of Fame Inductees
Matt Murray ’99, Men’s Lacrosse
Violaine Romans-Murray ’94, Women’s Basketball and Volleyball
Rachel Sybor ’05, Women’s Lacrosse
Patty Wimsatt Myler ’66, Women’s Basketball, Field Hockey and Tennis