Maroon Club Hall of Fame Class of 2013
EASTON, Pa. - Three former student-athletes and one team comprise the Maroon Club Hall of Fame Class of 2013.
Harvey Cohen '40, Don Lordan '65, Ali Murphy '97 and the 1971-72 NIT Men's Basketball team will be honored on Friday, Nov. 22, the night prior to the 149th Lafayette-Lehigh football game.
For more information on this event or to RSVP, please contact John Frank Stubits '05 (firstname.lastname@example.org or 610-330-5839). Admission is $60 for adults and $15 for children under the age of 12.
Harvey Cohen '40 - Men's Lacrosse
Harvey Cohen served as team captain for the Leopards for three seasons. In 1939, he was the high scorer in the state of Pennsylvania and in 1939 and 1940 he was selected to the All-Pennsylvania Team. While at Lafayette, Cohen was a member of the football team from 1936-37, he played soccer from 1939-40, and was also the golden gloves boxing champion in 1940.
After graduating in 1940, he went to serve in World War II before earning his law degree from Harvard in 1947. He later founded Murtagh, Cohen and Byrne Law Firm.
Cohen has had a long, illustrious career in lacrosse. He founded the North Hempstead Lacrosse Club in 1982 and also established the United States Club Lacrosse Association (USCLA) where he served as President, Treasurer and Representative. In 1985, Cohen began his three-year stint as part of the Lacrosse Foundation Board of Directors. In 1986, he was named an administrator and selector for the U.S. Lacrosse National Teams. He served as a selector for more than twenty years for teams in Manchester, England, and Perth, Australia.
Cohen was inducted into the Long Island Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1986 before being inducted into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame two years later. In 1988, he was also inducted into the Manhasset (HS) Hall of Fame as well as the Port Washington Youth Activities Hall of Fame. He is currently still coaching youth lacrosse in Long Island.
Cohen resides in Manhasset, N.Y. He has three children--Barry, Beth, and Doug-- and six grandchildren.
Donald P. Lordan '65 - Baseball
Don Lordan, an All-League First teamer, led the Leopards to the 1965 College World where they faced Arizona State. During the 1965 season, Lordan racked-up the third most wins in a single season (9) in 93.2 innings pitched with 66 strikeouts. His record of 93.2 innings pitched still stands as the second-most in a single season and his record for strikeouts is tied for sixth-most. Lordan was also a top-notch hitter, and he led his team with a .404 batting average during the 1965 season.
On April 4, 1963, Lordan was one of three pitchers who combined for a no-hitter in a game against Muhlenberg. During the match, which was the first game he ever pitched, he had four strikeouts.
After graduating from Lafayette in 1965, Don signed with the Milwaukee Braves. He then went on to serve in the National Guard.
Lordan ran a sporting goods store and has been working in the sports memorabilia business for over twenty-eight years. He has also worked with the All American Baseball Academy in Warrington, Pa. organizing baseball camps and clinics for more than 48 years.
Lordan has one daughter, Kady Lynn.
Alexandra Murphy Bruder '97 - Field Hockey
Ali Murphy served as team captain her senior year at Lafayette. During this time, she led the Leopards to the program's seventh Patriot League regular-season title in 1996. She was recognized for her outstanding play by being named to both the All-Patriot League and All-Mid-East First Team three times. She also earned National Field Hockey Coaches Association All-America Third-Team honors.
In 1997, Murphy was named the Charles L. Albert '08 Award winner by Lafayette. This award is presented annually to the senior male and female student-athletes who are judged to be the most outstanding competitors by Lafayette's head coaches and athletic administrators. She was also a Lehigh Valley Association of Intercollegiate Athletic Women Honoree. The LVAIAW acknowledges outstanding female athletes from all Lehigh Valley institutions.
After completing her degree at Lafayette, Murphy went on to work as a television producer for CBS Philadelphia and Comcast. She currently resides in Malvern, Pa. with her husband Jim and their five children Jimmy, Charlotte, Paul, Richard and Harper.
1971-72 Men's Basketball Team
The 1971-72 men's basketball team snapped a 15-year postseason tournament appearance drought by earning a bid to National Invitation Tournament. The squad finished the year with a 21-6 record, was coached by Tom Davis, and featured senior co-captain Tracy Tripucka, who is still the school's all-time leading scorer with 1,973 points.
In the first round of the NIT, the Leopards faced Virginia at Madison Square Garden. The game went down to the wire. Senior co-captain Jay Mottola sunk a pair of free throws with three seconds remaining to seal the win over the Cavaliers. The win is Lafayette's only postseason victory to date.
The 71-72 group set school records with most points in a season (2,342), highest scoring average (86.7 PPG), and most free throws made with 654 (844 attempts). Tripucka also set a school record with field goals made with 263.