The University of Scranton inducted the seven newest members into its athletics department Wall of Fame on Saturday, Feb. 10, in a ceremony held between games of the men's and women's basketball doubleheader against Catholic in the John Long Center.
This Class of 2017 includes Kathy (Loretangeli) Field '93 (women's soccer), Taryn (Mellody) Liuzzo '07 (women's basketball), Allison (Matt) Martin '07 (women's basketball), Jackie (Messantonio) McGovern '07 (women's lacrosse), John Mercuri '07 (men's cross country), Patty (Levey) Serpe '88 (women's soccer) and Stanley "Pete" Tarutis '92 (baseball).
The Wall of Fame was founded in 1970 to honor student-athletes, administrators and those in the community who have been instrumental in the overall development of the University's athletics program. The Class of 2017 brings the Wall's membership to 255.
Kathy (Loretangeli) Field – Women's Soccer 1989-92
The first four-time all-conference selection in University of Scranton women's soccer history, (Loretangeli) Field was an all-Middle Atlantic Conference choice in 1989, 1990, 1991 and 1992. She finished her career with 36 goals and 15 assists for 87 points. She currently ranks seventh in program history in career goals, ninth in career points and tied for 19th in career assists.
In her four seasons, (Loretangeli) Field helped the women's soccer team win four Middle Atlantic Conference titles and reach the NCAA Tournament three times (1989, 1990, 1992). The Royals were a combined 57-22-6 (.706) during her career.
Taryn (Mellody) Liuzzo – Women's Basketball, 2003-07
(Mellody) Liuzzo is one of the most decorated athletes in University of Scranton history, having been a three-time first-team Kodak/WBCA All-American and one of 16 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship recipients in University history.
A three-time D3hoops.com All-American, including first-team in 2007, (Mellody) Liuzzo finished her career with 1,932 career points, which rank second in program history. Her 197 made 3-pointers also rank second in Lady Royals' history. She was also the D3hoops.com Mid-Atlantic Region Player of the Year in both 2006 and 2007, and was a first-team all-region selection by the same organization in 2005, 2006 and 2007.
A first-team All-Decade Team (2000s) selection by D3hoops.com, (Mellody) Liuzzo was also the Freedom Conference Player of the Year in 2005 and 2006, and was a first-team all-Freedom Conference selection in 2005, 2006 and 2007. She was also the recipient of both the Carlesimo Award as the outstanding female senior scholar athlete and O'Hara Award as the top female athlete in the graduating class in 2007.
In her four seasons, (Mellody) Liuzzo helped the Lady Royals compile an overall record of 114-11 and win four Freedom Conference championships. The Lady Royals reached the Final Four in 2005 and 2006, the Elite Eight in 2004 and the Sweet 16 in 2007, and Mellody was named to the All-Tournament Team in 2006.
Allison (Matt) Martin – Women's Basketball, 2003-07
(Matt) Martin teamed with Taryn (Mellody) Liuzzo to lead The University of Scranton women's basketball team to one of its most successful four-year stretches in program history. She was a two-time Kodak/WBCA honorable mention All-American (2006, 2007) and was named second-team all-Mid-Atlantic Region by D3hoops.com in 2006 and third-team in 2007.
A two-time Freedom Conference Tournament MVP (2005, 2007), (Matt) Martin was a two-time first-team all-conference choice (2006, 2007) and a second-team selection 2005. She finished her career with 1,265 points, which currently ranks 16th in program history and her 307 career assists are currently ranked 14th.
The Lady Royals were 114-11 in (Matt) Martin's four seasons, which included four Freedom Conference championships. Her play helped the Lady Royals reach the Final Four in both 2005 and 2006, the Elite Eight in 2004 and the Sweet 16 in 2007.
Jackie (Messantonio) McGovern – Women's Lacrosse, 2004-07
(Messantonio) McGovern was a prolific scorer in her four seasons on the women's lacrosse team, finishing her career with an eye-popping 217 goals and 29 assists for 246 total points. She currently ranks second in program history in career goals and fourth in career points. She also currently ranks fourth in career draw controls (154), tied for fifth in career ground balls (178) and fifth in career caused turnovers (85).
A three-time all-region selection by the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association, (Messantonio) McGovern was first-team all-Boardwalk Region in 2006 and 2007, and second-team all-Metro Region in 2005.
In her four seasons, (Messantonio) McGovern helped the Royals to a combined record of 43-25, including Middle Atlantic Conference championship and NCAA Tournament appearance in 2004. The Royals also qualified for the postseason in 2005, 2006 and 2007, reaching the Middle Atlantic Conference semifinals in 2005 and 2006.
John Mercuri – Men's Cross Country, 2003-06
Mercuri made his mark on the cross country course and in the classroom, earning numerous honors for his speed and his academic prowess. He is one of 16 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship recipients in University history, was a two-time ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American (first team in 2006, second team in 2005), and a three-time NCAA Cross Country Coaches Association All-Academic Team selection (2003, 2004, 2005).
A qualifier for the NCAA Division III championships in 2005, Mercuri was also member of the NCAA Mid-East Regional Top 10 Team that same season. He was also an NCAA Mid-East All-Region Selection in 2003, 2004 and 2005, finishing in the top 35 each season. And he was a three-time top-10 finisher at the Middle Atlantic Conference championships. Only an injury in 2006 kept him from repeating those feats as a senior.
Mercuri was the recipient of the athletic department's Father Fitzpatrick Award in 2006 for outstanding leadership and community service. A three-time all-Middle Atlantic Conference selection (2003, 2004, 2005), he finished his career with thirteen top-10 finishes and six other top-25 finishes.
Patty (Levey) Serpe – Women's Soccer, 1984-87
(Levey) Serpe was a standout on some of the earliest women's soccer teams in Scranton history. She earned all-region honors from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America as a senior and was a two-time all-Middle Atlantic Conference selection in 1986 and 1987, the first two seasons in which the conference gave out postseason honors.
In four years as a Royal, (Levey) Serpe finished with 42 goals and 20 assists for 104 career points. Her 42 career goals and 104 career points both currently rank sixth in program history. And, she was the first player in program history to record a hat trick, scoring three times in a 5-1 victory against Binghamton on Sept. 7, 1985.
In (Levey) Serpe's four seasons, the Royals had a combined record of 46-21-9 (.664) and won a Middle Atlantic Conference championship in 1986. Her senior year squad in 1987 was the first women's soccer team in University history to reach the NCAA Tournament, setting the standard for a program that has qualified for the NCAA Tournament 16 times in 35 years.
Stanley "Pete" Tarutis – Baseball, 1989-91
Tarutis was one of the most successful pitchers in University of Scranton baseball history, which led to him being drafted in the 17th round of the 1991 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft by the Montreal Expos.
The baseball team's single-season pitching records list is littered with Tarutis's name. His 81 strikeouts in 1991 are the second-most on record in a single season and his six victories in 1990 are tied for second-most on record. He won five games a year later, tied for eighth-most, and his 64 2/3 innings pitched in 1991 are also eighth-most.
A two-time first-team all-Middle Atlantic Conference selection (1990, 1991), Tarutis also ranks 10th on the school's single-season ERA list for his 2.70 mark in 1990. His 2.78 ERA a year later also ranks 12th.