Marquette announces newest M Club Hall of Fame class

Jan. 24, 2018

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MILWAUKEE - Marquette University has announced eight new members to the M Club Hall of Fame, who will be inducted this summer in Milwaukee. They include Jerel McNeal, Jim McIlvaine, Krystal Ellis, Angel Robinson, Natalie Kulla, Kerry McBride, Ciara Jones and Jose Itarte.

The induction honors a pair of former student-athletes from men's basketball, women's basketball and women's soccer, while the women's volleyball and men's soccer teams are also represented.

All-time leading scorers Jerel McNeal (2006-09) and Krystal Ellis (2006-09) were selected from men's and women's basketball, respectively, and are joined by former national defensive player of the year, Jim McIlvaine (1991-94), and WNBA draftee Angel Robinson (2008-11).

Kerry McBride (2008-11) and Natalie (Kulla) Meyer (2007-11) were selected for their roles in the women's soccer program's unparalleled run of success during the early portion of this decade. The pair helped MU to four-straight NCAA Championship appearances and began a run that saw the Golden Eagles drop just one conference match in the four years from 2010-13.

Former AVCA All-American Ciara Jones (2008-11) was part of an instrumental group of women's volleyball players who helped start a run of seven consecutive NCAA tournament appearances that extends to the current day. She helped MU to its first NCAA appearance in 2011 as a senior.

Jose Itarte (1982-85) is the all-time leading scorer for the men's soccer program with 52 career goals, along with fellow M Club Hall of Famer Hayden Knight. He paced two of the highest scoring men's soccer teams in program history and led MU in goals all four years.

To be eligible for induction in the M Club Hall of Fame, student-athletes must be five years removed from their final year of eligibility at Marquette. The date and time of the induction for this class will be announced later this spring.

The Jerel McNeal File:
Men's Basketball (2006-09)

  • MU record during his tenure: 94-41 (43-25 BIG EAST)
  • All-time career scoring leader with 1,985 points
  • Associated Press Second Team All-American, 2008-09
  • BIG EAST First Team, 2008-09
  • BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year, 2006-07
  • BIG EAST Second Team, 2006-07 and 2007-08
  • BIG EAST All-Rookie Team, 2005-06
  • All-BIG EAST Championship Team, 2007-08
  • Thee-year team captain
  • Part of first four MU teams in the BIG EAST Conference
  • Holds a top 10 spot in eight categories on the all-time single season leaderboard
    o Leading scorer as a senior with 693 points in 2008-09
  • Four NCAA Championship Appearances
  • MU career ranks:
    o 1st in scoring (1,985)
    o 1st in field goals made (726)
    o 1st in steals (287)
    o 7th in assists (455)

The Jim McIlvaine File:
Men's Basketball (1991-94)

  • MU record during his tenure: 71-49 (28-18 conference)
  • Marquette's McCahill Award winner, 1994
  • Associated Press Honorable Mention All-America, 1993-94
  • Recipient of the 1994 Henry Iba Corinthian Award as the nation's top defensive player
  • Great Midwest Conference Player of the Year and first team all-league, 1993-94
  • Led the NCAA in blocked shots, 1993-94
  • As a senior, helped MU reach the Sweet 16, 1993-94
  • Two NCAA Championship appearances
  • One of just 11 players in MU history to record 1,000 points and 600 rebounds
  • Holds the MU record for blocked shots in a game with 13 against Northeastern Illinois (12/9/92)
  • Selected by the Washington Bullets in the second round of the 1994 NBA Draft
  • Great Midwest Conference Champions, 1993-94
  • All four of his season block totals rank among the top five in MU history
  • MU career ranks:
    o 1st in blocked shots (399)
    o 3rd in field goal percentage (55.2 percent)
    o 15th in rebounding (673)
    o 25th in scoring (1,278)

The Krystal Ellis file:
Women's Basketball (2006-09)

  • MU record during her tenure: 70-48 (36-28 BIG EAST)
  • All-time leading scorer with 1,940 career points
  • Owns two of the top single season scoring totals in program history
  • Associated Press Honorable Mention All-America, 2006-07
  • Two-time All-BIG EAST First Team selection, 2006-07 and 2007-08
  • All-BIG EAST Honorable Mention, 2008-09
  • All-BIG EAST Rookie Team, 2005-06
  • 2008 WNIT Champion and MVP
  • 2007 BIG EAST All-Tournament Team
  • Years as MU leader in: scoring (2), assists (1) and steals (3)
  • Part of first four MU teams in the BIG EAST Conference
  • One of three Golden Eagles to score 40 points in a game (vs. Kentucky, March 30, 2008)
  • MU career ranks:
    o 1st in scoring (1,940)
    o 2nd in free throw percentage (.815)
    o 3rd in field goals made (669)
    o 3rd in 3-point field goals (214)
    o 4th in steals (240)
    o 5th in 3-point field goal percentage (.370)
    o 5th in free throws made (388)
    o 6th in games played (129)

The Angel Robinson File:
Women's Basketball (2008-11)

  • MU record in her tenure: 79-55 (31-33 BIG EAST)
  • First Marquette player with over 1,500 points, 500 assists and 250 steals
  • Sixth-highest scorer with 1,699 points
  • All-time leader in games played (134) and started (132)
  • All-BIG EAST First Team, 2010-11
  • All-BIG EAST Second Team, 2008-09 and 2009-10
  • All-BIG EAST Freshman Team, 2007-08
  • WNIT Champion in 2008; all-tournament selection
  • Led MU to an NCAA tournament appearance in 2011, while leading squad in points, assists and steals
  • Years as MU leader in: scoring (3), assists (4), rebounds (1), steals (3)
  • Drafted 22nd overall in the 2011 WNBA draft by the New York Liberty (highest MU player ever drafted)
  • MU career ranks:
    o 1st in games played (134)
    o 1st in games started (132)
    o 6th in scoring (1,699)
    o 2nd in steals (570)
    o 2nd in free throws made (434)
    o 3rd in assists (570)
    o 9th in field goals made (587)
    o 13th in rebounds (640)

The Natalie Kulla File:
Women's Soccer (2007-11)

  • MU record in her tenure: 60-22-9 (34-6-4 BIG EAST)
  • Marquette's McCahill Award winner, 2011
  • Two-time BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Year, 2010, 2011
  • All-BIG EAST First Team, 2010, 2011
  • All-BIG EAST Second Team, 2009
  • Senior CLASS Award All-American Team, 2011
  • NSCAA All-Northeast Region Second Team, 2010, 2011
  • TopDrawerSoccer.com Team of the Season Third Team, 2011
  • CoSIDA Academic All-America Second Team, 2011
  • CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team, 2011
  • BIG EAST Female Scholar Athlete of the Year, 2011
  • US U-23 Women's National Team member, 2010
  • NSCAA Scholar All-Central Region First Team, 2010, 2011
  • Four NCAA tournament appearances, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011
  • Three-time BIG EAST American Division Champions, 2009, 2010 and 2011
  • MU career ranks:
    o 1st in goals against average (0.74)
    o 1st in career shutouts (43)
    o 2nd in career victories (58)
    o 2nd in win percentage (72.9 percent: 58-19-8)
    o 2nd in career minutes in goals (7,835:04)
    o 3rd in career goals allowed (64)
    o 4th in career saves (220)
    o 7th in career save percentage (77.5 percent)
    o 8th in career saves per match (2.59)

The Kerry McBride File:
Women's Soccer (2008-11)

  • MU record in her tenure: 60-22-9 (34-6-4)
  • MAC Hermann Trophy candidate, 2011
  • NSCAA All-America Third Team, 2010
  • NSCAA All-Northeast Region First Team, 2010, 2011
  • Soccer America MVPs Second Team, 2010
  • All-BIG EAST First Team, 2010, 2011
  • Two-time BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year, 2010, 2011
  • BIG EAST Preseason Defensive Player of the Year, 2011
  • CoSIDA Academic All-America Second Team, 2011
  • NSCAA Second Team Scholar All America, 2010, 2011
  • NSCAA Scholar All-Region First Team, 2010, 2011
  • Four NCAA tournament appearances, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
  • Three-time BIG EAST American Division Champions, 2009, 2010 and 2011

The Ciara Jones file:
Women's Volleyball (2008-11)

  • MU record during her tenure: 76-49 (34-22 BIG EAST)
  • Helped MU to first NCAA tournament berth in 2011
  • AVCA All-America Honorable Mention, 2011
  • AVCA All-Northeast Region, 2011
  • All-BIG EAST First Team, 2011
  • MU team captain, 2011
  • Four-time BIG EAST Honor Roll selection (Oct. 11 and Nov. 8, 2010; Oct. 10 and Nov. 15, 2011)
  • COBRA Magazine All-National Second Team, 2011
  • COBRA Magazine All-National Third Team, 2010
  • Marquette Challenge All-Tournament, 2011
  • Bluejay Invitational All-Tournament, 2011
  • Marquette Invitational MVP, 2009
  • 11th MU player to reach 1,000 kills
  • Seventh in MU history with 1,140 career kills
  • 542 kills in 2011 are the 11th most in MU history for a single season
  • Helped MU to a pair of BIG EAST semifinal appearances
  • Posted a match-high 17 kills in MU's first NCAA tournament match, a 3-1 win over No. 24 Western Kentucky in 2011

The Jose Itarte File:
Men's Soccer (1982-85)

  • MU record during his tenure: 42-29-8
  • MU career ranks:
    o T-1st in goals (52)
    o 2nd in points (130)
    o 4th in assists (26)
    o 2nd in match-winning goals (8)
    o 1st in shots (219)
  • Led team in points three times (18 in 1983, 42 in both 1984 and 1985) 
  • Led team in goals each year at MU (nine in 1982, 14 in 1983, 16 in 1984, 13 in 1985)
  • • Led team in assists twice (10 in 1984 and 1985)
  • Member of the top two scoring teams in MU history (69 goals in 1984 and 60 goals in 1985) 
  • Led MU to 14-2-4 record in 1984, its best season in program history to that point
  • Team's Best Scorer Award winner in 1983, 1984 and 1985
  • All-conference selection by Wisconsin Intercollegiate Soccer League

 

 

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