OHIO — Zimbabwe-born Sally Northcroft, who lettered in field hockey at Ball State from 1996 to 1999, will be inducted into the Mid-American Conference Hall of Fame May 13 in Cleveland, Ohio.
Northcroft played hockey in Bulawayo and Harare and in the 1997 World Cup qualifiers for Zimbabwe.
Seven new members will form the 2014 MAC Hall of Fame Induction Class at the MAC Honour’s Dinner at the Cleveland Renaissance Hotel Tuesday May 13.
Joining Northcroft are Charlie Coles (Miami/Central Michigan, men’s basketball), Judy Devine (Kent State, administration), Harry Houska (Ohio, wrestling), Jim Lessig (MAC/Bowling Green, administration), Caroline Mullen-Kearney (Western Michigan, women’s track and cross-country) and Joe Novak (Northern Illinois, football).
“It is only appropriate for our conference to honour and celebrate the accomplishments of our former student-athletes, coaches and administrations, specifically these seven individuals, and their achievements during their times competing in the Mid-American Conference,” John Steinbrecher, the MAC commissioner, said.
“We are honoured to welcome them to the Mid-American Conference Hall of Fame.”
Northcroft finished her career as the school and MAC leader in career goals (126) and career points (270), while ranking third in NCAA all-time leaders in both categories.
During her career, Northcroft helped Ball State to a 64-21 overall record and a 42-4 Conference record.
She owned the national all-time single-season goal record with 52 goals in 1999.
Northcroft was named All-America First Team (1998 to 1999), MAC Player of the Year (1998 to 1999), All-Midwest/West Regional First Team (1998 to 1999), First Team All-MAC (1996, 1997, 1998, 1999), GTE Fall/Winter All-District (1998), NCAA Today’s Top VIII Award (1999 to 2000), and the Honda Award (1999 to 2000).
Northcroft led the country with goals scored (52), total points (107) and scoring average (5,09) as a senior in 1999. She set the NCAA Division I record for goals in a single season with 52 goals in 1999 and during that season registered multiple goals in 15 of 21 contests.
Northcroft was president of the Ball State’s Student-Athlete Advisory Board, represented the school at the NCAA Foundation Leadership Conference and was a volunteer for Habitat For Humanity, Big Brother/Big Sister, Meals on Wheels and various literacy programmes in local elementary schools in Muncie, Indiana.
During her collegiate career, she also garnered multiple academic accomplishments including named GTE Academic All-America Fall/Winter Team (1999 to 2000), Academic All-MAC First Team (1997 to 1998) and a three-time National Academic Team Member (1996 to 1998).
—Ball State Athletics