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Stepinac Alumnus & Grid Iron Club Steve Buchanan elected to Holy Cross Hall of Fame

Posted Monday, February 13, 2012 by Mike O'Donnell
February 1, 2012

Two Football Players Inducted To Holy Cross Hall Of Fame

WORCESTER, Mass. – The Holy Cross Varsity Club has announced the 2012 selections for induction into the Holy Cross Athletic Hall of Fame. Included among the 2012 inductees are former football players Steve Buchanan (Class of 1974) and Ken Komodzinski (Class of 1960).

Buchanan was a standout running back for the Holy Cross football team in the early 1970s, serving as a captain during his senior year. As a junior in 1972, he rushed for 741 yards and four touchdowns on 162 carries, and caught nine passes for 75 yards. Then during his senior season, Buchanan ran the ball 183 times for 849 yards and four touchdowns, while catching 23 passes for 174 yards and three scores. He led the team in rushing yards, all-purpose yards (1,038 yards) and scoring (42 points) during the 1973 season. A recipient of the Davitt Award as the team's top offensive back in both 1972 and 1973, Buchanan still ranks seventh all-time at Holy Cross in career 100-yard games (seven), eighth in career rushing yards per game (58.6) and ninth in career rushing yards (1,816). Following his collegiate career, he was an 11th round selection of the Denver Broncos in the 1974 National Football League Draft.

Komodzinski was a third baseman and center fielder for the Holy Cross baseball team from 1958-1960, helping lead the team to an overall record of 40-17 during his collegiate career. He led the team in batting average (.340) and hits (33) as a sophomore in 1958, while ranking second on the squad in runs batted in (17). Komodzinski also led the Crusaders to a College World Series appearance in 1958, going nine-for-20 in Omaha as the team posted victories over Southern California and Clemson and finished the year ranked third in the nation. He later hit .362 with 16 runs scored during his senior season, and finished his career with a .312 batting average. Komodzinski was also a quarterback on the Crusader football team, leading the team to a 6-4 record during his only year as a starter in 1959.

This year's other inductees are Bob Cooney (Class of 1955, honorary), Ann Lambiotte (Class of 1991, basketball), Art Martin (Class of 1970, cross country, track and field), Mary Beth Ryan (Class of 2005, softball) and the 1995 Men's Lightweight Eight (rowing).

These new honorees will be formally inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, May 5, at the Varsity Club's annual dinner, to be held in the Hogan Campus Center.

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