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Castleton Announces 2018 Hall of Fame Inductees

Castleton Announces 2018 Hall of Fame Inductees

CASTLETON, Vt. – Four new members will be enshrined into the Castleton University Athletics Hall of Fame on Homecoming Weekend as the newest class of inductees was announced on Wednesday afternoon. Phil Puleo '07, Jeremy Jorgensen '07, Jennifer Goff (Whiting) '08 and Vanessa Carter '08 mark the 2018 Hall of Fame Class for the Spartans.

The four honorees will be formally inducted with a ceremony on Saturday, October 20, 2018, at 9 a.m. in the Castleton Campus Center. The cost to attend is $20, with breakfast included in the price of admission. To register for the event online, click here. The RSVP date is Wednesday, October 10.

Puleo made an immediate impact on the Castleton baseball program as a freshman from Utica, N.Y., in 2004, batting .349 with 10 doubles, three home runs, and 28 runs batted in to earn North Atlantic Conference Rookie of the Year honors. After batting above .300 during his sophomore season, Puleo once again was one of the Spartans' top hitters in 2006, hitting .345 with 50 hits, including nine doubles and four home runs, plus he scored 31 runs and drove in 39 runs. He received team MVP and Second Team All-NAC recognition after the 2006 season. In 2007, he once again was named the team MVP and earned First Team All-NAC and All-NEIBA honors after batting .400, leading the Spartans with 16 doubles, four home runs, and 38 runs batted in. He drew 20 walks while striking out only 14 times. He helped Castleton to its then-highest win total in program history with a 26-12 (.684) mark in 2007. He received his bachelor's degree in physical education and sports administration.

Jorgensen left his mark on the Castleton men's basketball program as the picture of durability during his four seasons, appearing in all 109 games the Spartans played and never missing a practice. In 2003-04 the imposing forward averaged 4.1 points and 3.7 rebounds per game in 27 games off the bench as a freshman before he worked his way into the starting lineup in his sophomore season, earning team MVP honors three straight years. He averaged 13.1 points and 8.7 rebounds per game in 2004-05, followed by his junior season of 2005-06 in which he finished with 15.8 points and 9.9 rebounds per game. Jorgensen averaged a double-double in his senior season with 17.3 points and 11.0 rebounds per game, earning Second Team All-NAC honors along the way. Jorgensen enters the Hall of Fame ranked eighth on the Castleton career scoring list with 1,365 career points and was a member of the first Castleton team to appear in an NCAA National Tournament contest when the Spartans received an at-large berth in 2004. He posted three of the Spartans' top ten single-season rebounding totals over his final three years and remains Castleton's all-time leader in rebounds with 902. After graduating with a bachelor's degree in exercise science, he has been a personal trainer, starting his own gym in Alton, N.H., called Core Dynamix: Strength and Conditioning.

Goff (Whiting) arrived at Castleton from nearby Granville, N.Y., and appeared in 23 games off the bench for the women's basketball team in 2003-04, averaging 5.3 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 1.1 steals per game. She earned her spot in the starting lineup in 2004-05, was second on the team in scoring at 13.5 points per game, and led the Spartans in rebounding with 8.5 boards per game. She picked up the first of her two team MVP awards after the 2005-06 campaign, collecting 14.5 points, 8.8 rebounds, 1.7 steals, and 1.2 blocks per game. In her senior season, Goff averaged 14.9 points, 7.2 rebounds, 1.6 steals, and 1.1 blocks per game. After earning Second Team All-NAC honors in each of the previous two seasons, Goff was voted First Team All-NAC by the coaches in 2006-07. She finished her Castleton career with 1,298 points, 768 rebounds, and 87 blocked shots. Goff is one of only three Castleton players to score more than 1,200 points and grab over 700 rebounds. During her four seasons, the team posted a 74-35 overall record for a .679 winning percentage. Goff graduated with a bachelor's degree in elementary education and worked in the Granville school system for four years and has since become an animal laboratory technician.

Carter was part of the first Castleton varsity women's ice hockey team in 2004-05. After playing in eight games during her freshman season, she took over the as starting goalie as a sophomore, playing all but 30 minutes in net. She finished the season with 1,181 saves—a Division III single season record that stood for 10 years—and was named the ECAC East Goalie of the Year. On January 10, 2006, at Manhattanville, Carter made a program record 90 saves, still the third-highest single game total in Division III women's ice hockey history. She earned team MVP honors in both that season and in 2006-07 after making 659 saves in 19 games on the ice. She finished her collegiate career in 2007-08 with 688 saves in 21 games played, earning Second Team All-ECAC East honors. Carter still holds the school record for career saves with 2,726, over 1,100 saves ahead of second place and ninth all-time in NCAA Division III history. Off the ice, Carter was vice president of Sigma Zeta Beta Rho, a mentor in the RAHA program, and a delegate to the 2007 NCAA National Leadership Conference in Orlando, Fla. After receiving her bachelor's degree in biology and health sciences, Carter completed medical school at the University of Ottawa and is now a family physician at the Cornwall Community Hospital.