Mercyhurst Magazine Fall 2013

Inductin g our athletes.

’ Mark Fitzgerald ‘01 mark was a standout defender for the mens soccer program from 1997 to 2000, helping the lakers to a 54-19-4 record. he helped mercyhurst lead the gliac in scoring defense as a senior and also scored a career-high 16 points from his defensive position in his fnal season.

named gliac defensive player of the year three times, he was also an all- gliac selection all four seasons, an all-region honoree three times, and an nscaa first Team all-american in 1998.

Hall of Fame inducts 5 student athletes – and the Lakers’ most colorful cheerleader

Sister Damien Mlechick ‘56 sister damien mlechick was 62 when she attended her frst lakers game and 83 when she attended her last – and she rarely missed one in between. The petite nun with the signature dutch boy bangs was an iconic fgure at those contests, carrying a holy water

mark now lives in his hometown of Tralee, county kerry, ireland, where he still plays soccer at a competitive level. he also works for ulster bank, part of one of the largest fnancial institutions in the world.

’ Mary Daly ‘66 accepts Sister Damien s award from Athletic Director Joe Kimball.

he and his wife, ciara, have two kids, kelly (6) and cian (3).

’ a 1956 mercyhurst graduate, sister damien enjoyed a long teaching career. after retirement, she served as mercyhurst s switchboard operator for nearly 20 years and was known as the voice of mercyhurst. her ardent support of laker athletics became legendary. “ ” bottle in one hand and a cowbell in the other. The bell went silent when she died on aug. 20, 2004, at the age of 83. a year later, the class of 2005 dedicated the sister damien spirit bell, now a campus landmark, in her memory. sister damien was inducted into the mercyhurst athletic hall of fame in June along with fve outstanding alumni, several of whom she had cheered on throughout their mercyhurst careers.

’ Nicole Esposito ‘98 nicole was a standout defender for womens soccer from 1994 to 1997 and helped lead the lakers to a 49-15-2 record as well as ncaa playof appearances in her frst two seasons.

she was a two-time all- gliac selection, an nscaa all-great lakes region member in 1997, and an nscaa/adidas first Team all-american that same season. nicole met her husband, michael montazeri, while both were students at the university of Toledo college of medicine and they were married in 2007. she did her residency in family medicine and psychiatry at the university of california san diego and now practices psychiatry and serves as clinical director of behavioral health services at north county health services, a nonproft community clinic serving the under-served, medicaid patients and uninsured. michael, an internist, is a hospitalist with ucsd. she says their boys, cyrus (4) and darius (almost 2) montazeri, have been thoroughly brainwashed to love soccer and were kicking the ball before they could stand unassisted.

’ Kim Kupniewski ‘78 kupniewski was a member of the mens golf team from 1973 to 1977. after leading the team with a 77.6 scoring average in his freshman season, he took the following year of, but returned to lead the lakers in scoring average again in

1975 with a 75.9 average. he was a medalist twice in 1975 and led the team in scoring seven times. in 1976, he fnished second on the team with a 77.0 scoring average and was a medalist three times.

kim was inducted into the erie district golf association hall of fame in 2006.

’ he was the head golf pro at erie s downing golf course for 25 years and now is a pro at whispering woods golf course and coaches the mcdowell high school boys golf team. he and his wife, kathy, have two sons. ’


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