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Bucknell Athletics Hall of Fame to Induct Seven in 36th Class
Release:   07/15/2014
LEWISBURG, Pa. - Six standout student-athletes and one groundbreaking coach will be part of the Bucknell Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2014, which will be formally inducted on Homecoming Weekend this fall. The honorees include Lynn Kachmarik, who coached every men’s and women’s aquatics program over a 17-year span in the 1980s and ‘90s, along with a pair of All-America defensive linemen in Ed Burman ’96 and Adam Lord ‘03, four-time All-Patriot League guard Lori Houck ’00, women’s lacrosse all-time goal-scoring leader Suzanne Raffaele ’03, All-America lacrosse goalie Justin Sussman ’03 and football/lacrosse standout Ralph Turri ’76.

The 36th Hall of Fame class will be inducted at a dinner ceremony on Friday, Oct. 31 as part of Homecoming Weekend festivities. The new Hall of Famers will also be re-introduced at halftime of the Bucknell-Lafayette football game on Saturday, Nov. 1.

The Bucknell Athletics Hall of Fame was established in 1979 to honor the very best in the history of Bison athletics. This year’s induction brings to 241 the number of outstanding student-athletes, coaches, administrators and friends of Bucknell whose contributions are forever preserved in the Hall of Fame.

ED BURMAN ‘96 was the MVP of the Bucknell football team and the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year in 1995, when the Bison finished 7-4 overall and 4-1 in the Patriot League under then-first-year head coach Tom Gadd. Burman was also an Associated Press I-AA Third Team All-America selection that year, when he set a school record with 14.5 quarterback sacks. He broke his own single-season standard of 11 sacks from one year earlier, and his career total of 25.5 sacks is still tied for the most in program history. During that sensational 1995 season Burman also totaled 101 tackles and one interception, which he returned 79 yards for a touchdown in a seven-point win over Fordham. Burman was also a Second Team All-Patriot League choice in 1994, and he earned the Christy Mathewson Award as the top senior athlete in his class at Bucknell.

 

LORI HOUCK STEIGERWALD ’00 was a four-time All-Patriot League guard and one of the all-time leading scorers for the Bison women’s basketball team. She graduated with 1,447 career points, a total that ranked second in program history at the time of her graduation and now ranks fifth. She also ranked second at the time and fifth currently in assists with 336. Houck was captain of the team as a senior in 1999-2000, when the Bison advanced to the Patriot League Championship game. That year she also earned the Patriot League Women’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete Award and then the overall Patriot League Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year at the conclusion of the school year.

 

Like Burman, ADAM LORD ’03 was also a dominant defensive lineman during his days in Orange & Blue. While Burman was a devastating pass rusher, Lord played the more unheralded nose guard position, and he is one of Bucknell’s best ever at that spot. It typically required multiple blockers to neutralize Lord, which was a major reason why the Bison led the Patriot League and ranked among the national leaders in rushing defense and total defense in 2001 and 2002. In each of those two seasons Lord earned American Football Coaches Association All-America honors, and he was an Associated Press All-American as a senior in 2002. Lord became Bucknell’s first two-time football All-American since Hall-of-Famer Larry Schoeneberger in 1973 and 1974. Lord was a three-time All-Patriot League selection and was also the league’s Co-Player of the Year in 2002. He logged 132 career tackles, nearly a quarter of which came in the opposing backfield. After playing on three teams that posted winning records, Lord was a Christy Mathewson Award winner as the top senior athlete. 

 

Now 11 years after her graduation, SUZANNE RAFFAELE ’03 remains the No. 1 goal-scorer in the history of Bison Women’s Lacrosse, and she becomes the eighth member of that program to enter the Hall of Fame. Buoyed by a 40-goal season as a senior, Raffaele’s 144 goals eclipsed Michelle Manion’s previous school mark that had stood for 14 years. At the time, Raffaele was just the fourth Bucknell player to reach the 100-goal mark, and in 2003 she became the sixth player in conference history to earn All-Patriot League honors in all four years of her career. As a senior, she was named to the Brine/IWLCA All-Region Second Team, becoming only the third Bison to achieve that honor. Not only was Raffaele the Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year as a senior in 2003, but she also earned Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors and was the lone Patriot League player selected for the North-South All-Star Game. Raffaele produced four straight 30-goal seasons, and her 173 career points was also a school record at the time of her graduation and now ranks No. 2.

 

 

JUSTIN SUSSMAN ’03 was one of the top goalies ever to play for the Bison men’s lacrosse squad. He backstopped Bucknell to four straight Patriot League championships and was a two-time Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year, a three-time All-Patriot League pick and an Honorable Mention All-American in 2003. An Academic All-District selection and the 2003 Patriot League Men’s Lacrosse Scholar-Athlete of the Year, Sussman graduated with a stellar 30-17 career record, with the 30 wins a school record at the time. He also posted a 21-3 Patriot League mark and was in goal when the Bison faced Notre Dame in their very first NCAA Tournament appearance in 2001. Sussman graduated with a stellar .628 career save percentage, the fourth-best in program history, and he is the only Bison goalie with a save percentage over .600 who played after 1979. Sussman’s career-best .664 save percentage in 2003 was just .003 off the national lead, and it is Bucknell’s best mark in the last 35 years. His 7.81 career goals-against average was a school record at the time and now ranks second, and his 572 total saves are third-most in program history. Sussman was twice selected in the Major League Lacrosse Supplemental Draft, in the fourth round by Baltimore in 2004 and in the 11th round by Philadelphia in 2006.

 

RALPH TURRI ’76 was an outstanding two-sport athlete at Bucknell in the mid-1970s. He was a three-year starting linebacker on the football team and a two-year starting midfielder in lacrosse, and he served as team captain in both sports. Turri led the 1974 football team with 162 tackles and was named to the Associated Press All-Pennsylvania First Team that year. As a junior, Turri was named to the All-East Coast Conference lacrosse squad.

Including Turri’s dual-sport selection, the Bucknell Athletics Hall of Fame will now contain 87 members associated with the football program and 12 from the men’s lacrosse program.   

 

LYNN KACHMARIK was a true coaching pioneer at Bucknell, mentoring both men and women student-athletes in four different sports from 1982-99. Kachmarik was a world-class water polo player when she came to Bucknell in 1982 as a lecturer in physical education as well as head women’s swimming and diving coach. She is the longest-tenured and winningest coach in the history of that program, compiling a 120-52-1 dual-meet record in 16 years. She led the Bison to the 1987 East Coast Conference team championship and coached 43 individuals and 17 relays to league titles. In 1994, Kachmarik succeeded the legendary Dick Russell as head coach of the Bucknell men’s swimming and diving program, and she led the men to a 31-9 dual-meet record and six individual Patriot League gold medals from 1994-98.

In 1984, Kachmarik was appointed assistant coach of the Bison men’s water polo team, and following her first year the team picked her as the recipient of the Scott Schulte Award, presented to the “individual who contributes the most to Bucknell water polo.” While still serving as women’s swimming coach, Kachmarik was named head coach of the men’s water polo team in 1987, making her the first woman to coach a men’s water polo team in NCAA history. She was named Eastern Coach of the Year in 1987, helped lead the 1988 team to a No. 17 national ranking and posted a four-year record of 56-46. During that time Kachmarik was an avid proponent and advocate for women’s water polo, and during the 1998-99 academic year she helped that sport achieve varsity status at Bucknell for the first time. She was named that program’s very first head coach while relinquishing her swimming coaching duties after 16 years. As a water polo player, Kachmarik captained the U.S. National Team for six years and was a team member for 10. She was also an assistant coach for two additional years. Kachmarik was named to the All-World Team in 1978 and is also a member of the Slippery Rock Athletics Hall of Fame, Collegiate Water Polo Association Hall of Fame and USA Water Polo Hall of Fame.   

 

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