St. Francis Hall of Fame grows by five
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Five outstanding former student-athletes were inducted into the St. Francis College Hall of Fame.

The inductees include Ron Arnold (06’, Men’s Basketball), Shelia M. Pickard (79, Women’s Swimming), Mark Ferro (83’, Men’s Swimming & Water Polo), Gary Gooden (97’, Men’s Soccer, Track & Field), and Marie McGoldrick-Raico (’94, Women’s Volleyball & Softball).

One of the most versatile players ever to take the court at Remsen Street, Ron Arnold was the 1990-1991 Northeast Conference Newcomer of the Year and a Second Team All-Conference pick. A Rice High School graduate, he came to Brooklyn Heights after being named the New York Newsday Manhattan Borough Player of the Year in 1987-1988 and 1988-1989.

Arnold is a member of the Terriers 1,000 Point Club and once recorded a then-NCAA record with 11 steals in a game. He led the Terriers in scoring in each of his first two years and tied with Lester James as a junior despite playing only 17 games due to an injury.

Sheila Pickard started swimming in the 2nd grade with the St. Sebastian’s Dolphinettes in Woodside. Most nights, her parents would pile her sister and a bunch of fellow Dolphinettes into their station wagon and drive them to swim practice at Bushwick High School.

A few years later, St. Sebastian’s built its own parish center swimming pool which resulted in many good swimmers and several CYO championships for the school. Fast-forward several years, Pickard followed in her brothers’ footsteps to St. Francis College.

After graduating in 1979, Mark Ferro, a Bishop Ford Athletic Hall of Famer distinguished himself at a Terrier as a member of its outstanding Water Polo Team. For three years, he earned All Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Team honors and was selected to the All Eastern First Team in 1982. Ferro also swam for St. Francis College, breaking the 800 freestyle relay in 1980.

As a track athlete, Gary Gooden broke several records during his tenure at St. Francis. He came in 3rd in the 55m hurdles at the Intercollegiate Association of Amateur Athletes of America, and was named to the NEC All-Academic Team. He still currently holds the Northeast Conference (NEC) and St. Francis College school record for the 110m & 55m hurdles (13.99 seconds and 7.39 seconds respectively).

As a soccer player, Gooden recorded 277 career saves, good for 4th all-time; 115 saves in 1995, fifth all-time in single season saves; 15th in single season goals against average (1.41 in 1996) and 11th all-time in single season saves percentage (.816% in 1996) Gary was a member of the Northeast Conference Championship team for two consecutive seasons (1995-96 and 1996-97).

Marie McGoldrick-Raico was born and raised in Bay Ridge. Some highlights to her career at St. Francis include being the starting setter in her freshman volleyball season, a season that saw her team yield 20 wins and only seven losses.

Her softball career allowed her to play nearly every position on the field. A true utility player and team player, McGoldrick-Raico started her career at third base and would see time in the outfield and as catcher. During her sophomore season, she led the team in batting with a .417 average. She finished that season batting 25th in the nation, while her team made it to the semifinals of the Northeast Conference Tournament.

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