Hall of Fame to Add Members Next Saturday

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Five athletes and one team will be inducted into the Muhlenberg College Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, October 20.

The inductees who will be taking their places among the immortals of Mule athletic history are Scott Orens ’76, Victor Lea ’83, Matt Bernardo ’04, Karen Mount Elson ’06, Matt Loesch ’07 and the 1972 men’s soccer team.

Scott Orens Scott Orens was a four-year letterwinner as a thrower in track and field and captain of the 1976 team. He competed in 31 career meets and finished first in the discus 25 times and first in the shot put 18 times, taking both on 15 occasions.

Orens set school records that still stand, nearly 40 years after his graduation, in the shot put (49-3) and discus (164-2) as a senior. The Middle Atlantic Conference champion in the discus in 1976 and silver medalist in 1974 and 1975, Orens qualified for national championship meet in the discus as a senior.

Victor Lea Lea was a Mule with extraordinary kick. A three-year letterwinner in football, he kicked the only two 50-yard field goals in program history – a 52-yarder against Johns Hopkins in 1981 and a 50-yard vs. Dickinson the following season.

Lea, who earned All-MAC South honorable mention in 1981, was a career 20-for-35 on field goals and 32-for-36 on extra points. He holds school record for field-goal percentage (.889) in a season, going 8-for-9 as a junior.

Matt Bernardo Bernardo is the all-time leading rusher in Muhlenberg football history with 4,117 yards. He holds the school and Centennial Conference record for career touchdowns (68), and at the time of his graduation, he ranked ninth in Division III history in scoring.

A three-time All-CC first-team selection, Bernardo earned All-America honorable mention in 2002, when he helped the Mules to their first NCAA Tournament berth. In the program’s first NCAA game, Bernardo scored four touchdowns. He ranks second in program history with 5,544 all-purpose yards.

Karen Mount Elson Elson was the first female in school history to compete in the NCAA Championships in cross country and track and field. The first Muhlenberg female to qualify for the national meet in cross country, she was a three-time all-region runner, and her fourth-place finish in 2005 is best ever by Mule runner at the cross country regional.

On the track, Elson holds five school records (indoor 800, 1500 and 4x400; outdoor 800 and 4x400) and was a four-time CC champion in 2006, winning the 800 and mile indoors and the 800 and 1500 outdoors.

Elson will join her husband, Will Elson ’03, in the Hall of Fame. They are the second husband-and-wife duo to be enshrined.

Matt Loesch Loesch is the most successful wrestler in College history. A three-time All-American and four-year CC champion at 197 pounds, Loesch compiled a career record of 90-16 (40-0 against CC opponents) with 23 pins and 14 major decisions. His fourth-place finish in 2005 is highest ever by a Mule wrestler at the NCAA Championships.

Loesch, who was ranked No. 1 in Division III early in his senior season, also excelled in the classroom. He was a second-team Academic All-American as a senior and earned an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.

1972 men's soccer The 1972 men’s soccer team won the first MAC championship in program history, defeating Drew in the title game. The Mules finished with a record of 12-2-1, including an undefeated 8-0 in the MAC South, and outscored their opponents 40-19. It would be 17 years before Muhlenberg won another MAC title in men’s soccer.

The team recorded the first NCAA Tournament win of any team in College history, defeating highly regarded Philadelphia Textile in an epic 5-4 overtime battle. Two team members – Rob Richard ’74 and Greg Muntz ’76 – were previously inducted into the Hall of Fame.

For information on the induction ceremony, please visit myMuhlenberg.com or call 800-464-2374.