Mercyhurst Magazine Summer 2016

Top: James Sturm Below: John Langer

Seated: Dave Runco, Jennifer Barba, Stephen Albert, Casey Crawford. Standing, ’94-’95 basketball team members Amber Hofman Kautzman `98, Sarah Marando Orysiek `98, Allison Marsden Benacci `97, Teresa Szumigala `95, Kristin Molli Held `98, Denise Baginski `95 and Stacy Mott `98. Not present: Jennifer Feret, Todd Lee. Hall of Fame inducts standout Laker athletes Now in its 20 th year, the Mercyhurst University Athletic Hall of Fame welcomed eight

Jennifer Feret competed from 2004 to 2007. She is the softball program’s all-time leader in innings pitched, strikeouts, complete games, shutouts and opponent batting average. Feret ranks second in career wins and third in earned run average, as well as second in home runs and fourth in RBI and total bases. Feret, who competes for the New Zealand National Team, was named to four GLIAC All- Conference teams. John Langer was a defensive lineman on the football team from 1991 to 1994. Langer is tied for eighth in career sacks, tied for 13th in solo tackles, 20th in total tackles and tied for 23rd in tackles-for-loss. He was team captain in 1993 and 1994. Langer made the Eastern College Athletic Conference All-Conference Team as a senior. He was recognized by the National Strength and Conditioning Association for achievements both in the weight room and on the gridiron. Todd Lee played basketball from 1983 to 1988. The 6-foot-5 forward ranks third on Mercyhurst’s career scoring list, third in rebounds and sixth in steals. After an injury in his senior year, he returned for a ffth year to lead the Lakers in nearly every major category. He was named to the Mideast Collegiate Conference All-Conference First Team and the Pittsburgh Press All-District Second Team.

Dave Runco played baseball from 1994 to 1996. A third baseman, he helped the Lakers to the 1996 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championship. Runco was a two-time North Atlantic All-Region First Team honoree. During his junior year, he led NCAA Division II in runs scored per game and was named Third-Team All-American. He was an All-GLIAC Honorable Mention after his senior year. James Sturm was a member of the inaugural football team, competing from 1981 to 1984. The 6-foot, 175-pound defensive back is ranked second in career interceptions (his record wasn’t broken until 2014). He started every game during his collegiate career and is tied for 44th in total tackles. After his senior season, Sturm was named a Third-Team All- American by the Football Gazette and was named to the Academic All-District Team. The 1994-95 women’s basketball team advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight while setting a school record for wins in a season. The Lakers, who fnished with a 24-6 record, hosted and won the NCAA Eastern Regional. They lost by just two points in the NCAA quarterfnals. The team is one of only two Mercyhurst women’s basketball teams to record at least 20 wins in a season in the 42- year history of the program.

outstanding former student-athletes and one new team during Reunion Weekend June 9-12. Stephen Albert was a member of the inaugural men’s basketball team, playing from 1971 to 1975. In the program’s second year, Mercyhurst qualifed for the NAIA National Tournament and Albert, a 6-foot-6 post player, was an NAIA Honorable Mention All-American. Despite an injury during his junior year, Albert is still sixth on the Mercyhurst career list for rebounds, 14th in feld goals and tied for 19th in points. Jennifer Barba played on the frst women’s volleyball team from 2000 to 2003. A 6-foot- 1 middle hitter, she remains the program’s all-time leader in total blocks while ranking second in kills and attack percentage. Her record for blocks in a season still stands. She was twice named Second-Team All-Conference in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and twice named to the All- Conference Academic Team. Casey Crawford, a right-handed pitcher, played baseball from 1993 to 1996. He was a key member of the pitching staf that helped the Lakers to the 1996 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championship and was named to the GLIAC All-Conference First Team as a senior. He was a Third-Team All-American as a sophomore and earned All-Region honors twice.


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