2017 F&M Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

2017 F&M Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall College will induct three new individuals and a pair of historic teams into its Athletic Hall of Fame on Homecoming and Family Weekend. The 1964 football team, the 2007 women's lacrosse team, Peter Bidstrup '86, Michele Fisher '89 and Melissa McDonald '93 will be honored at an induction ceremony scheduled for Friday, October 20th.

The class is the 36th to be included since the F&M Athletic Hall of Fame was formed in 1969 and raises the total number of members to 243 individuals and 15 teams.

Below is a look at the 2017 F&M Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees: 

The 1964 F&M Football Team

One of only five undefeated teams in F&M football history, the 1964 squad finished with a perfect 8-0 mark and captured the program's first Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) Championship. The Diplomats had a penchant for nail-biting victories as five of the eight wins were decided by eight points or less, including narrow victories over Dickinson (6-5) and Widener (19-17).

Under the mentorship of Coach George Storck, quarterback Seiki Murono won his first of back-to-back MAC MVP Crowns in 1964 and was joined by teammate Larry Graham on the All-MAC Team. 

The 2007 F&M Women's Lacrosse Team

Just the fifth team in the sport's history to win a NCAA Division III Women's Lacrosse Championship with an undefeated record at 21-0, F&M's '07 squad was the first Diplomat team to earn a National Title since 1985. On the road to winning the NCAA Championship, F&M secured its first Centennial Conference (CC) Title with a convincing 14-4 victory over defending champion Gettysburg, one of three wins over the Bullets on the season. The Diplomats went on to post a 5-0 record in the NCAA Tournament, defeating Salisbury 11-8 in the title game.

Following the season, F&M stockpiled awards with Ashley Bevington, Em Gill, Jen Pritchard, Kelly Cassels, Lidia Sanza and Sarah Meisenberg being named All-Americans, while Pritchard was named Division III's Attacker of the Year and Anne Phillips was recognized as Coach of the Year.

Peter Bidstrup '86 – Men's Lacrosse 

One of the most prolific attackers of his era, Bidstrup graduated as the program's all-time points leader at 169, while placing second in goals (114) and eighth in assists (55). Each of those marks is still prominently featured in the record books and remain eighth, fifth and 19th, respectively. A three-time All-MAC member, Bidstrup won two Conference MVPs and was named an All-American following his senior season.

Michele Fisher '89 – Women's Basketball

A three-year Captain, Fisher ended her time in Lancaster third on the program's all-time scoring list with 1,250 points, a mark which currently places 11th. She is one of just 17 players to reach 1,000 points, was named to the All-MAC Team in 1988 and 1989 and garnered ECAC First Team All-Star accolades on three occasions. Fisher was the leader of some of the program's most accomplished teams, including the 1987-88 squad that reached the NCAA Elite Eight. 

Melissa McDonald '93 – Field Hockey, Women's Lacrosse 

Competing as a defender/midfielder, McDonald scored 21 goals and five assists in her career. Her 47 points were the 11th most in program history at the time of her graduation and still stand in the top-25. She was named to the All-MAC First Team three times and became the program's ninth All-American in 1991. In the spring of her senior year, she also starred on the women's lacrosse team, collecting the second-most ground balls on Diplomats and was named to the All-MAC First Team.