Nov. 8, 2005
EASTON, Pa. (www.lafayette.edu) - The 2005-06 induction class of Lafayette College's Maroon Club Hall of Fame will be honored on Friday, Nov. 18, at the annual Hall of Fame Dinner held in the College's Marquis Hall. This year's induction class features a pair of highly prominent names in the tradition-rich history of Lafayette Athletics in Ed Hudak '93 and Beth Mowins '89.
The evening's events will also recognize the 2005 selections for male and female Scholar-Athletes of the Year, senior Jenna Bratz (Springfield, Pa./Springfield) and junior Frank Cortazar (Miami, Fla./Ransom Everglades).
Ed Hudak '93 - A 1993 Lafayette graduate, Hudak is the only player in Lafayette football history to be recognized with All-American honors by four different organizations. Hudak completed his decorated career on the offensive line in 1992, as he led the Leopards to an 8-3 record and the Patriot League Championship. Hudak garnered first-team All-American honors from both Kodak (coaches) and Football Gazette, while the Associated Press named him to the second team. For the second straight season, The Sports Network placed Hudak on the honorable mention listing.
A three-year letterwinner, Hudak helped Lafayette lead the Patriot League in total offense (435.9 yards per game) and scoring offense (34.7 points per game) in 1992. The Leopards led the league in rushing offense in both his junior and senior seasons, rolling up 179.6 yards on the ground in 1991 and 196.8 yards per game in 1992.
Following his departure from College Hill, Hudak obtained a professional engineering license. He has spent the last six years with Merck & Co., an organization that discovers, develops, manufactures, and markets a broad range of products to improve human and animal health. Hudak has climbed the ladder and currently holds the title of Senior Research Engineer, responsible for compound management in support of high throughput screening.
Beth Mowins '89 - Mowins earned her degree in English in 1989 after completing an illustrious career on the hardwood for the Leopards. The four-year letterwinner was a standout for a women's basketball program that claimed East Coast Conference (ECC) tournament championship game appearances in each of Mowins' four seasons. She led the Leopards to the ECC title in 1986-87 in a thrilling 60-58 win over archrival Lehigh.
A two-year team captain under head coach Pat Fisher, Mowins still holds the Lafayette single-season and career assist records. In the 1986-87 season, she dished out 200 assists, while amassing 715 in her career. Mowins holds the top three spots on the single-season record list, recording 176 assists in her senior year and 148 as a rookie in 1985-86. She also tops the lists for games started in a career (115) and ranks second in career steals with 309. The Syracuse, N.Y. native ranks seventh on Lafayette's all-time scoring list with 1,159 career points. She led the Leopards in scoring her senior season, averaging 14.6 points per game.
After graduation, Mowins embarked on a career in broadcasting and called college basketball games for Penn State, the Big East and the ACC. Mowins, who has spent more than a decade in the profession, is calling college football action in the Western Athletic Conference for ESPNU this fall. She now resides in Tampa, Fla.
Turning to the current Lafayette student-athlete population, two of the field's standout athletes will be honored with the Athlete of the Year award. Bratz and Cortazar represent the crème of the crop in an extremely competitive pool of nominees.
Jenna Bratz '06 - Bratz has been a perpetual standout both in the classroom and as a member of the field hockey team in her four years at Lafayette. Bratz, a six-time member of the Dean's List member, will graduate in May with a degree in Mathematics, and currently has a 3.93 GPA.
A three-year starter for the Leopards' field hockey team, Bratz garnered All-Patriot League Second Team honors in 2004 and was named the team's Most Valuable Player after posting two goals and one assist on the season. The team and coaches named the midfielder a tri-captain for the 2005 season. Bratz is also a member of the NCAA Academic Integrity Sub-Committee for Athletic Certification.
On the academic side, Bratz has excelled in her studies and earned a 4.00 grade point average for the fall 2003 semester, placing her on the Patriot League Field Hockey Academic Honor Roll and National Field Hockey Coaches Association Academic Achievement Award in 2003 and 2004. As a sophomore, the math department elected Bratz to the Pi Mu Epsilon National Honorary Mathematics Society.
Bratz also devotes what little time she has left to an abundance of activities and clubs, including Phi Beta Kappa, Lafayette Peer Mentors and the Lafayette Leadership Forum. Bratz was also one of four students to lay the groundwork for Lafayette's chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Frank Cortazar '07 - Not only has Cortazar excelled on the baseball diamond, the Marquis Scholar has also been an exemplary student in the classroom. Carrying a 3.98 grade point average, Cortazar has appeared on the Dean's List every semester since arriving at Lafayette.
A two-year starter at designated hitter and third base, Cortazar has garnered a plethora of awards in his three years as a Leopard. He was named a to the 2005 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District II team, while also receiving Patriot League Academic Honor Roll status for the second straight year.
A native of Miami, Fla., the organic chemistry major spent this past summer performing EXCEL research with professor Yvonne Gindt on reduction potentials of DNA photolyase. Cortazar has received a number of academic awards including the Polyed Award in 2005, which is given to organic chemistry's top student, and the Eugene Delosh Award in 2004 for boasting the highest GPA in his class as a freshman.
Cortazar is a two-year All-Patriot League selection, while hitting .310 over his career in the Maroon and White.