SELINSGROVE, Pa. – On Nov. 14, 2014, seven former Susquehanna University student-athletes were inducted into the SU Sports Hall of Fame as members of the Class of 2014.
The inductees were Kim Anderson '02 (women's soccer), Hugh Leahy '01 (men's golf), John Lunardi '09 (football, baseball), Tom Lyons '71 (football), Bruce Merklinger '87 (men's basketball), Megan Patrono '03 (field hockey, track & field) and Randy Zook '01 (football), who was inducted posthumously.
Anderson's name remains etched at the top of the Susquehanna women's soccer record books after a highly decorated four-year playing career. She is the program leader in goals with 43 and remains tied for the lead with 102 career points. Anderson netted 12 goals as a freshman, 13 as a junior and 12 as a senior.
Anderson also held the single-season goal and points records upon graduation, although both marks have since been broken. She was named Third-Team All-Region and Second-Team All-Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) as a junior before being named First-Team All-MAC as a senior.
She is the first women's soccer player to be inducted into the SU Sports Hall of Fame.
The next inductee, Leahy, was a two-time MAC champion (as a freshman and again as a junior) and finished as runner-up his sophomore season. He also earned a top-10 finish as a senior.
Leahy boasted a career average score 82.1 and helped the Crusaders capture an unprecedented four-straight MAC team championship titles and earn three NCAA appearances under SU Sports Hall of Fame coach Don Harnum. He graduated from Archmere Academy in 1997.
Lunardi is the only two-sport All-American in the class as he had tremendous success on both the football and baseball fields. As a football player, Lunardi was named a 2008 D3Football.com All-American as well as an All-East Region Team member that year. Also in 2008 he was honored as a First-Team All-Liberty League player and was recognized in 2009 with a National Football Foundation Award, given to student-athletes with outstanding academic and athletic successes.
During his 2008 All-America campaign, he recorded 61 tackles, five interceptions and 16 pass breakups in 10 games. Lunardi finished his four-year career with 135 tackles.
Lunardi had similar successes as a baseball player. A pitcher and an outfielder, he remains second in runs scored (127), tied for fifth in home runs (14), eighth in hits (146), fifth in doubles (30), third in wins (18), sixth in ERA (2.75), second in single-season runs (49) and both second and forth in single-season ERA.
In addition, he was a 2009 D3Baseball.com All-American following a season in which he pitched just the 14th perfect game in Division III history. That same year Lunardi was named the Landmark Conference Player and Pitcher of the Year after earning the same honors in 2008. In 2007 he was also named a First-Team All-Commonwealth Conference player.
A fellow football player, Lyons enters the Hall of Fame after a four-year career with the Crusaders that spanned 1967-70. Lyons spent time as both an offensive and defensive lineman and was also a member of the special teams unit. He was a defensive tackle as a junior and moved to defensive middle guard as a senior. Lyons was a team captain and All-Conference player in 1970, the same year in which he was a Pennsylvania State Honorable Mention. Lyons finished his career with 142 tackles, including a 53-tackle junior campaign in which he was an All-Conference Honorable Mention player.
Lyons was also a two-time winner of the team's "Most Aggressive Player" Award and in 1969, won the Kiwanis Charity award for Outstanding Defensive Player for his efforts against Otterbein that season.
Like all members of this class, Merklinger also has his name permanently etched in the record books. To this day Merklinger remains the 10th all-time leading scorer in program history (1,349 career points) and is the fourth all-time leading rebounder (864). Merklinger also remains the program leader in blocked shots (127).
Merklinger's teams combined for 41 wins over the course of his career and he was on the 1986 team that reached the Elite Eight in the country with a 22-8 record.
Patrono may have been best known for her track & field prowess but she was also a standout field hockey player. Patrono played four years for the Crusaders and was named team captain. In 2002 she was s Second-Team All-Commonwealth player and her 1999 and 2002 teams both advanced to the NCAA Tournament.
On the track, Patrono is one of the most highly decorated sprinters in program history. She holds the outdoor program record in both the 100 and 200 meter dashes as well as the indoor long jump and 200 meter dash records. Patrono remains second in the indoor 55 meter dash and fifth in the outdoor long jump.
In 2003, she was the MAC Most Outstanding Performer at the indoor championship meet after winning the 55 and 200 meter dashes. At the outdoor championships that year she swept the 100 and 200 meter dashes and placed third in the long jump.
The final inductee, Zook was a four-year member of the Crusader football team. He was a three-time All-MAC First-Team honoree (1998-2000) and a 2000 Hewlett-Packard All-America Honorable Mention, the same year in which he was named the 2000 MAC Offensive Lineman of the Year.
Zook helped Susquehanna to MAC Commonwealth Championships in 1998 and 1999 with the 1999 team earning D3Football.com "Team of the Year" Honorable Mention. In 1999 and 2000, Zook was a Lutheran College All-America Honorable Mention as well as a 1999 Don Hansen Football Gazette All-South Region Second-Team player.