LANCASTER, Pa. - We continue our countdown of the top-10 unbreakable records at Franklin & Marshall College for men's sports as we finish our list with the No.'s 5-1 selections.
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Men's Sports - No.'s 5-1
No. 5 - Jesse Fluck '95 - Baseball - 12 Triples (1995 Season)
Fluck's 1995 season was one for the ages as the senior infielder registered a team-leading .382 batting average with 42 RBIs and 39 runs scored for the Centennial Conference Champion Diplomats. And while all of those numbers warrant recognition, it is Fluck's 12 triples in 36 games that earn his place on this list.
Those extra-base hits not only paced F&M and the Centennial in 1995, but Fluck led all of Division III. That mark still tops both school, and Conference record books, and remains tied for sixth in NCAA single-season history. The next-closest to Fluck on F&M's list are Gary Kruger '06 and Doug Fulmer '84, who is tied for second with six.
No. 4 - Rick Durso '16 - Wrestling - 145 Career Wins
The F&M wrestling program's rich and storied tradition dates back to the inaugural 1923-24 season. Although the program is closing in on 100 years of existence, it will be difficult not to begin a conversation about the greatest Diplomat grappler of all time without starting with a recent 2016 graduate - Rick Durso.
A 2014 All-American and the program's only four-time NCAA Qualifier, Durso shattered the team's career wins record by accumulating a 145-38 record. Only one other Diplomat has crested the century mark - Craig Blackman '81 with a 117-31-2 career mark. The top three single-season wins records all belong to Durso, including his career best of 39-5 during the 2012-13 season. To top his 145 all-time wins, an F&M wrestler would need to average a staggering 36.5 victories per year.
No. 3 - John Harrison '12 - Football - 8,886 Career Passing Yards
Harrison currently tops 16 statistical categories in F&M's football record book. Many of those marks could have made this list, including his 87 career touchdown passes which are second all-time in the Centennial.
The record that stands out above his others, however, is Harrison's 8,886 career passing yards. The next closest to him on the Diplomats' career list is E.J. Schneider '14, who is well behind in second with 6,124 yards. Only two other CC players have bested his career mark. Harrison's most-prolific statistical season occurred in 2009 when he accumulated 3,096. That mark also tops the single-season record books, followed by his 2,872 passing yards in 2010.
No. 2 - Carson "Gus" Lovett '54 - Men's Basketball - 40 Rebounds vs. Albright (Feb. 7, 1953)
A tall, skilled forward, Carson "Gus" Lovett dominated during his era of F&M basketball. He was the program's first 1,000-point scorer, finishing his career with 1,223 and setting an NCAA record for points scored in three years. He averaged an absurd 22.6 points per game through 54 career contests and topped the single-game mark with 46.
As prodigious as his scoring records are, his rebounding marks are almost sure to remain untouched. Lovett holds three of the top four single-season rebounding records, topping out at 499 during the 1952-53 season, while his 1,161 career boards have remained the record for more than 60 years.
Featured on this list is his performance on Feb. 7, 1953, during a 99-80 win on the road over Albright when Lovett hauled in a record 40 rebounds. J.C McGrath '19 came the closest to besting that mark a year ago, setting the CC mark with 22 against Washington College. For some perspective on this incredible feat, the NCAA record - which began being calculated in 1973 when the three divisions were created - stands at 36 and was set back in 1989.
No. 1 - Jon Dale '90 - Men's Lacrosse - 218 Career Assists
Dale tallied points at a prodigious rate, as he holds the program record with 321 in his career. While recognized as a skilled goal scorer with 103 career markers during one of the most successful eras of F&M men's lacrosse, Dale is remembered historically for his gifted passing ability.
He holds every meaningful assists record for the Diplomats, including the single-game mark (13), and the top-three single-season records, including a high of 73 in 1990. Combined, his career total of 218 helpers puts the F&M record entirely out of reach. One of only five student-athletes to ever top 100 career assists, the next closest to Dale is Sean Rogers '18 with 117.
Dale ranks fifth on the NCAA's all-time list and is one of only six Division III athletes ever to top the 200-assist mark.