DOWNES ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME
Six outstanding athletes were inducted into
the University’s Downes Athletic Hall of
Fame on Friday, October 2, 2015 during
Homecoming Weekend. The distinguished
group included (L to R) Above: Jon
Godbout ’06 (men’s basketball), Kristin
Thornton Hensinger ’07 (women’s soccer),
Don Barsalou ’85 (men’s soccer). Below:
Paul Winkler ’03 (men’s golf), Kevin
Bennison ’03 (men’s golf), and Ashley
O’Keefe Hemler ’08 (women’s volleyball).
PHOTOGRAPHY B Y BILL SHARON
MARY CLARE SNEDIKER | FIELD HOCKEY
Mary Clare Snediker enjoyed considerable success as
a player. Now she is bringing that winning attitude and
strong work ethic as she took on her first season as the
new coach at Western New England.
Snediker was an assistant with Golden Bears field hockey and
women’s lacrosse squads last season. Prior to Western New England,
Snediker served four years as an assistant coach for both field hockey
and lacrosse at Williams College.
Snediker was an offensive star with the field hockey team and a
defensive standout for women’s lacrosse from 2005 to 2009 at Colby
College in Waterville, ME. She was a three-time All-New England
Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) field hockey player,
finishing her career with 29 goals and serving as one of the team’s
captains. She also helped women’s lacrosse to a pair of back-to-back
Snediker also earned NESCAC Fall and Spring All-Academic honors
and academic accolades from the National Field Hockey Coaches
Association (NFHCA) and the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse
Coaches Association (IWLCA). She was chosen to play in the 2009
IWLCA Senior All-Star Classic.
The New Canaan, CT native graduated from Colby College in 2009
with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a minor in Business.