Around the turn of the century, Bryant University added four new varsity sports. The addition of football and field hockey in 1999, followed by men's lacrosse in 2000 and women's lacrosse in the spring of 2002, were all part of the New Century Plan for Excellence put forth by President Ronald K. Machtley.
The Hall of Fame Induction Dinner served as a beautiful kickoff to the Homecoming & Reunion Weekend as alumni, current members of the Hall of Fame, several Bryant trustees and family, plus coaches and friends filled the Heidi and Walter Stepan Grand Hall in the George E. Bello Center.
The Bulldog women's tennis team became a conference and regional powerhouse from the very moment Sacha Solomon stepped onto the Bryant University campus.
During her career from 2003-07, Solomon helped establish the Bulldogs as one of the most dominant women's tennis programs in the region, winning her way to four-consecutive NCAA appearances and an ITA Individual Regional Championship.
In her first season in Smithfield, Solomon posted a 14-3 overall record and went undefeated against Northeast-10 Conference opponents with an unblemished 11-0 mark.
Solomon would continue to dominate conference play with undefeated records during her sophomore and junior seasons before finally dropping her first conference match as a senior.
Solomon posted a remarkable 61-16 overall record and was 41-3 in four years of Northeast-10 Conference play – all at No. 1 singles. In doubles play, she teamed up with another former standout in Annette Jervasi and the duo formed one of the top doubles tandems in the region as well.
A four-time Northeast-10 All-Conference selection, Solomon was recognized as the 2004 NE-10 Rookie and Player of the Year and was twice named the Bryant University Athlete of the Year.
Solomon was inducted into the Hall of Fame by men's coach Ron Gendron.