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Monday, November 26, 2007

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hall of fame adds 5 individuals, 1 team

The Muhlenberg College Athletic Hall of Fame recently inducted five individuals – Celina Boer Schmidt ’99, Joshua Carter ’02, Mark Lesko ’02, Dean Lowe ’64 and Dan Terpstra ’97 – and the 1995 men’s soccer team.

A four-year letterwinner as a forward and midfielder in soccer, Celina Boer Schmidt
2007 Hall of Fame inductees
Inductees Mark Lesko, Dean Lowe, Dan Terpstra, Joshua Carter and Celina Boer Schmidt with Muhlenberg College President Randy Helm.
graduated as the school’s all-time leader in points (108), goals (44) and assists (20). She still holds the College’s record for goals (20) and points (48) in a season as well as the school record for scoring four goals in a game. Boer Schmidt was named to the All-Middle Atlantic Region team three times and the All-Centennial Conference team four times; was named the Lehigh Valley player of the year in 1997 and 1998; and was a two-time Academic All-American.

A four-year letterwinner in both football and baseball, Joshua Carter certainly made his mark in the athletic history pages of Muhlenberg. On the gridiron, he was a three-time All-American as a kick returner as he set NCAA Division III records for yards on kickoff returns and punt returns in a career. Carter also received All-Centennial Conference first-team honors a total of five times and was the Centennial Conference co-player of the year in 2000. He holds school records for all-purpose yards in a career (6,642) and game (344); receiving yards in a career (2,733) and receiving touchdowns in a career (33), season (14) and game.

In addition, Carter excelled on the baseball diamond as an outfielder and pitcher. He received All-Centennial Conference honors all four years and was chosen as the Centennial Conference co-player of the year in 2002. He finished his career as the all-time leader in hits (188), runs scored (137), doubles (37) and stolen bases (86). In 2002, he pitched a no-hitter against Western Maryland (now McDaniel).

A four-year letterwinner as a center on the men’s basketball team, Mark Lesko was named a first-team All-American in Muhlenberg College Athletic Hall of Fame his senior year. He was named to the first-team All-Centennial Conference three straight years and was the Centennial Conference player of the year in 2002. Lesko still holds the school record of 165 career blocked shots and remains eighth on the all-time scoring list with 1,399 career points. During his tenure, he led his team in scoring, rebounding, blocked shots and field-goal percentage for three straight years. He is the only Mule to average 20 points per game in a season since 1971, pouring in 20.2 points a game as a junior.

Dean Lowe was a three-sport athlete during his days at ‘Berg. A three-year letterwinner as a football halfback, Lowe was the co-captain of the 1963 team. He was the second-leading receiver in both 1961 and 1962 and scored four touchdowns and a pair of two-point conversions in 1961. On the basketball court, Lowe was a two-year letterwinner as the forward, averaging 7.6 points per game.

Captain of the 1964 team and a three-year letterwinner in track, Lowe was the 1964 Middle Atlantic Conference champion in the 120-yard hurdles and the 1963 MAC runner-up in 120 hurdles and 220 hurdles. He set school records in both hurdle events and was the track team’s high scorer in his junior and senior seasons.

A four-year letterwinner on the wrestling mat, Dan Terpstra was the first four-time champion in
1995 men's soccer team
Members of the 1995 men’s soccer team.
Centennial Conference wrestling history. His career record at Muhlenberg was 60-15, and he set school records for pins in a season (12) and career (31). He won the East Regional and participated in the NCAA Championships as a freshman.

Terpstra also excelled on the football field as a four-year letterwinner as a linebacker and defensive back. He was named to the All-Centennial Conference first team as a senior and set school records for blocked kicks in a season (6) and career (10). His career totals included 165 tackles and 6 interceptions.

The 1995 men’s soccer team, under the guidance of Jeff Tipping, advanced to the semifinals of the NCAA Division III Tournament and tied for third place, the best finish ever by a Muhlenberg team at an NCAA event. They played eventual national champion Williams to a 1-1 tie in the semifinals before getting eliminated on penalty kicks. The Mules finished with a record of 16-1-4 and outscored their opponents 60-16. The team won the Centennial Conference championship and ranked as high as third in Division III during the regular season.

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