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Past Lions honored with immortality

The College will induct its 2012 Hall of Fame class on Friday, Oct. 19, in the Brower Student Center, welcoming six individuals and two teams of distinction on the evening before Homecoming.

The event’s committee members voted to enshrine Carl Jones ’87 (football), Marie Whalen ’90 (field hockey/lacrosse), Howard Forman ’91 (baseball) and Robin Selbst ’96 (field hockey/softball/lacrosse). Meanwhile, the veterans committee selected Steve Libro ’65 (football) and Fred Surgent ’64 (gymnastics/soccer/track and field).

Joining these six individuals will be the 1985 women’s lacrosse team, which won a National Championship, and the 1963 football team.

Jones filled many roles on the Lions’ defense during his tenure and ended his career with a program record 274 career tackles.

Whalen was a member of four teams that won national titles during her time with the field hockey and lacrosse programs. Whalen shined as a freshman for the field hockey team, making the all-tournament team on the Lions’ way to the 1985 National Championship, according to head coach Sharon Pfluger.

“She was just a really steady sweeper for us and made the all-tournament team as a freshman,” Pfluger said. “It was a loaded team and Marie just slipped right in there.”

Forman’s claim to fame at the College is his 18 career complete games — a program record. The right-hander posted a 26-4 career record and racked up All-America honors in 1991, a year in which the Lions finished second in the Division III College World Series, and 1992.

Selbst is one of the crown jewels in the 2012 class, earning a Hall of Fame spot after excelling in field hockey, softball and lacrosse during her time as an athlete at the College. She is the only Division III athlete on record to win a title in three different sports, according to the College’s athletic website.

“Robin is a great athlete,” Pfluger said of her former player and current colleague. “I don’t think (her selection) was even questionable, whether it was in field hockey or softball.”

After playing for Pfluger in both field hockey and lacrosse, Selbst became a coach on her staff and is currently a full-time assistant for both programs.

“It’s the icing on the cake that she works here and devotes so much of her life to the athletic program,” Pfluger said. “It’s not often that someone that works here is inducted into the Hall of Fame.”

“I’m really happy that she is able to share this not only with her field hockey and softball families, but also with her colleagues here at the College.”

Libro was a two-way football player for the Lions in his day and was also a member of the 1963 team, a squad that held their opponents to seven points or less in seven of eight games during a 7-1 season.

Surgent, like Selbst, also participated in three sports during his time at the College. The tri-athlete made his biggest impact in gymnastics, helping the program climb to varsity status, but also participated in soccer and thrived as a pole vaulter for the track and field team.

The 1985 women’s lacrosse team won the first Division III women’s lacrosse national title under head coach Melissa Magee with a 7-4 win over Ursinus College.

For more information about the event, contact the Office of Alumni Affairs at (609) 771- 2598.


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