Three sisters from Massapequa, N.Y, a one-time MAC Hermann Trophy winner, a U.S. women’s international midfielder, a goalkeeping standout with the Long Island Rough Riders and MetroStars and a former Rough Rider will be inducted into the Long Island Soccer Player Hall of Fame on Saturday night.
Sisters Tina, Vicki and Gina DiMartino, Chris Wingert, Mary Frances Monroe, Paul Grafer and Gary Sullivan will be honored at the Huntington Hilton in Melville, N.Y. with ceremonies starting at 7 p.m.
Wingert, a Babylon, N.Y. native, is probably the most well-known and celebrated amongst this year’s class. The son of soccer referee and former professional player, Norm Wingert, he played at St. John the Baptist High School in West Islip, N.Y., where he was an All-American.
He went on to St. John’s University, becoming a MAC Hermann Trophy winner, an Academic All-American. Wingert began his MLS career with the Columbus Crew in 2004, spent a season with the Colorado Rapids before joining Real Salt Lake in 2007, where he spent most of his career. RSL won the MLS Cup in 2009.
Wingert was selected in the 2015 MLS expansion draft by New York City FC before returning to RSL and then playing for the Cosmos in 2018. He retired that year.
The DiMartino sisters cast a giant shadow on LI and at Massapequa High School.
Christina (Tina) DiMartino was a two-time Parade Magazine High School All-American (2004 and 2005) at Massapequa and 2004 NSCAA/National High School Player of the Year and Gatorade New York State Player of the Year. In 2018 she was inducted into the New York State High School Hall of Fame.
Tina competed at UCLA where she helped the Bruins to four consecutive NCAA Division I tournaments. She received All-American and was a semifinalist and finalist for the Hermann Trophy and was PAC-10 player of the year her senior year.
She played for the FC Gold Pride, Los Angeles Sol, Saint Louis Athletica and Philadelphia Independence.
Tina made five appearances for the U.S. women’s national team, recording one goal and one assist. She also played for the Under-16, U-17, and U-19 and U-20 women’s national team, competing in the 2006 U-20 Women’s World Championship in Russia.
Victoria Barton DiMartino played for Albertson Soccer Club. winning numerous championships. including 2009 national championship. In 2006, Vicki won the New York State High School championship. Three years later, she had the opportunity to play for the first U.S. U-17 women’s World Cup team in New Zealand, earning the Silver Boot for the second most goals scored.
At Boston College she was the Atlantic Coast Conference freshman of the year and Soccer America’s freshman of the year.
She went on to play with the New York Flash, the North Carolina Courage and won a national championship with New York Athletic Club.
Gina DiMartino was also a Parade Magazine High School All-American, an All-Long Island selection, Mike Clarke Award/Nassau County Player of the Year in 2006 and a New York State champion with Massapequa H.S. in 2004 and 2006.
She also attended Boston College where she was the ACC freshman of the year, leading the team in goals and assists. She was also a Soccer Buzz Magazine freshman of the year finalist and All-American selection, as well as a Soccer America All-Freshman team selection.
Gina played for the U.S. Women’s U-16, U-17, U-20 and U-23 national teams, winning the U-20 title. She was selected in the sixth round of the 2010 Women’s Professional Soccer draft by the Boston Breakers. Gina traded to the Philadelphia Independence, where she played alongside her sister Tina.
Mary Frances Monroe
Monroe is one of the most decorated players from Long Island. Performing for Northport H.S., she was a two-time high school All-American, a two-time Parade Magazine All-American and a member of the 1996 state high school champions. Monroe also is a member of the Northport Athletics Hall of Fame.
She was a three-time NSCAA All-American at the University of Connecticut, 1998 Big East rookie of the year, three-time All-Big East section and Hermann Trophy Award finalist before transferring to UCLA where she became an NSCAA All-American, All-Pac 10 team, All-Region, Pac-10 player of the year and a Hermann Trophy finalist. She was also a two-time NSCAA Academic All-American. Monroe helped her teams to four Elite 8 NCAA Division I tournament appearances. She was also a USWNT player, U.S. Youth national team performer and professionally with the New England Mutiny, where she was player of the year.
Grafer played for Long Island Junior Soccer League and Cosmopolitan Junior Soccer League clubs. He earned Parade All-American honors at St. Mary’s High School in 1992 and was a member of the U.S. U-20 national team and Olympic team player pools. A graduate of The College of William and Mary, he received All-American and student-athlete of the Year honors in 1997. He was inducted into the College’s Hall of Fame in 2007.
He played nine years with the NY/NJ Metrostars, Colorado Rapids, Charleston Battery and Rough Riders. Grafer also had coaching stints at the club, college, professional and U.S. youth national team levels. He also has served on the USSF goalkeeping education committee and is a FIFA Instructor for its international goalkeeper coach program.
After spending six years as a coach with the U.S. U-17 national team and at Chivas USA in Major League Soccer, Grafer joined the MLS player relations and competition department.
Sullivan was a high school standout at West Islip High School and played on Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association and Region I teams. He attended Adelphi University, where he played all 82 games of his college career before becoming a two-year captain and semifinalist for the Hermann Trophy award in 2004.
He was drafted 44th overall in the MLS draft by the Rapids, playing from 2004-2006, and with the Rough Riders from 2006-2011. Sullivan was a USL player of the year.
Sullivan is director of the youth academy at the East Meadow Soccer Club and owner of the Gary Sullivan Soccer Center.
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