The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

April 15, 2014

College sports: Seven receive call to Susquehanna Hall of Fame


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SELINSGROVE -- Susquehanna University and the Susquehanna Athletic Department have announced seven former student-athletes will be inducted into the SU Sports Hall of Fame as members of the Class of 2014.

The newest members are Kim Anderson (women's soccer, 2002), Hugh Leahy (men's golf, '01), John Lunardi (football, baseball, '09), Tom Lyons (football, '71), Bruce Merklinger '87 (men's basketball), Megan Patrono (field hockey, track & field, '03) and Randy Zook (football, '01), who will be inducted posthumously.

The class will be inducted on the night of Friday, Nov. 14, the start of Homecoming Weekend.

Anderson's name remains etched at the top of the 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.

She is the first women's soccer player to be inducted into the SU hall.

Leahy was a two-time MAC golf champion (as a freshman and a junior) and finished as runner-up his sophomore season. He boasted a career average score of 82.1 and helped the Crusaders capture an unprecedented four-straight MAC team titles and earn three NCAA appearances under Hall of Fame coach Don Harnum.

Lunardi is the only two-sport All-American in the class. As a football player, Lunardi was named a 2008 D3Football.com All-American as well as an All-East Region Team member. He finished his four-year career with 135 tackles.

Lunardi had similar success as 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.

Lyons enters the Hall of Fame after a four-year career that spanned 1967-70. Lyons spent time as both an offensive and defensive lineman. Lyons was a team captain and All-Conference player in 1970, the same year in which he was a Pennsylvania State Honorable Mention. He finished his career with 142 tackles.

To this day Merklinger remains the 10th all-time leading scorer (1,349 career points) and the fourth leading rebounder (864) in SU history. He remains the program leader in blocks (127).

Patrono was been best known for her track & field prowess, but she was also a standout field hockey player. Patrono played four years and was named team captain. She was second-team All-Commonwealth in 2002.

On the track, Patrono holds the outdoor records in both the 100- and 200-meters, as well as the indoor long jump and 200 dash records.

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.