UMass Dartmouth field hockey All-American Robin Dziedzic Drew ‘07 is one of 12 individuals comprising the 2020 induction class of the Little East Conference Hall of Fame, as she will be honored during ceremonies that will be held at a future date on campus. Dziedzic Drew joins longtime Corsair Head Baseball Coach Bruce Wheeler as one of this year’s honorees.
A native of Palmer, Mass. and a current resident of Bellingham, Mass., Dziedzic Drew achieved at high levels both in competition and in the classroom during her tenure at the University. Robin began her career by capturing Little East Rookie of the Year accolades in 2002, and after transferring to Division I UMass Amherst the following season, she returned to the South Coast for her final two collegiate campaigns of 2005 and 2006. Dziedzic Drew earned first team all-Little East honors and became the first player in program history to collect National Field Hockey Coaches Association All-Region accolades during both her junior and senior seasons of play.
Robin certainly saved her best for last, as the 2006 campaign saw UMass Dartmouth win a school-record 17 matches and make the program’s first appearance in the Little East tournament title contest. Dziedzic Drew scored four times in that post-season, including the golden goal in a 2-1 double overtime semifinal triumph over Southern Maine, as the Corsairs fell by a goal to Keene State in the championship match. Robin was named as the LEC Offensive Player of the Year after netting 16 goals and a league-best 14 assists for 46 points in the midfield, and she became the program’s first All-America honoree in earning a spot on the NFHCA third team squad.
Off the field, Dziedzic Drew’s accomplishments are just as impressive. She was named as UMass Dartmouth’s ECAC Robbins Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award and was a fixture on the University’s Chancellor’s List during her matriculation. A team captain on former Head Coach Nicole Castonguay Maher’s 2006 squad, Robin also earned All-New England West and ECAC Division III accolades, and she was inducted into the Corsair Athletic Hall of Fame in her first season of eligibility in 2012 after netting 28 goals and 25 assists for 81 points in 59 career contests.
“Robin established herself as one of the top student-athletes in University history through hard work and outstanding leadership, and I am so pleased to congratulate her on this well-deserved recognition,” UMass Dartmouth Director of Athletics Amanda Van Voorhis said of Dziedzic Drew. “She took our program to new heights of success while maintaining an incredibly high level of academic achievement, and I couldn’t be happier for her and her family as she takes her rightful place as one of the Little East’s all-time greats.”
Dziedzic Drew becomes the ninth UMass Dartmouth honoree inducted into the Little East Hall of Fame. Other Corsair greats that have previously been enshrined by the conference include Wheeler, current Head Men’s Basketball Coach Brian Baptiste, men’s basketball All-Americans Kevin Kolek ’88 and Waldemar “Val” Sender ’91, men’s track & field All-American and national champion Jonathan Garcia ’08, former Director of Athletics and Little East Commissioner Bob Dowd, longtime Sports Information Director Bill Gathright and former men’s & women’s tennis coach Warren Preti.