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Wall Of Fame Class Of 2013 Inducted In January

Wall of Fame Class of 2013

The Wall of Fame Class of 2013 was officially inducted in January at the Long Center
1st row (l-r):  Liz Baumbach '03 (women's lacrosse), Darren Buseman '03 (wrestling), Laura (Boersig) Castner '02 (field hockey)
2nd row (l-r):  Dan Loftus '03 (men's basketball), Valerie (Crist) Sherwin '88 (volleyball), Bridget Lee '03 (women's lacrosse), Derek Elphick '03 (men's basketball)

The University welcomed the newest members of the Wall of Fame in January.  Among the seven inductees were two sets of teammates.    

Liz Baumbach ’03 and Bridget Lee ’03 of the women’s lacrosse team and Derek Elphick ’03 and Dan Loftus ’03 of the men’s basketball program were joined by field hockey scoring sensation Laura (Boersig) Castner ’02, wrestling All-American Darren Buseman ’03, and volleyball standout Valerie (Crist) Sherwin ’88.

The Wall of Fame was founded in 1970 to honor former student-athletes, coaches, administrators and those in the community who have been instrumental in the overall development of the University’s athletics program.  This year’s class brings the Wall’s membership to 232.

Baumbach and Lee led the women’s lacrosse program from a 6-6 record in its first season of competition to a Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) championship and NCAA tournament appearance four years later.  Other accomplishments include two MAC and Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) postseason tournament appearances under the direction of head coaches Brenda Brewer and Linda Drapeau. 

Highlighting Baumbach’s numerous individual accomplishments were her selection as second-team All-American by Warrior/Inside Lacrosse magazine and third-team All-American by the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) in 2003. A prolific scorer who still holds the University’s all-time record with 344 total points, she was also named MAC player of the year twice (‘02, ‘03), rookie of the year in 2000, and was selected first-team all-conference three times.  She also earned IWLCA Metro region and ECAC Southern Division honors three times, along with being named District II All-Academic by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) in 2003. A native of Long Valley, New Jersey, she capped off her career by being selected the female recipient of the O’Hara Award, which is presented annually to the outstanding athlete of the senior class.   

Liz holds a Bachelor of Science degree in health science and a Master of Science degree in occupational therapy from the University.  A clinic manager and occupational therapist for Kipnis Physical Therapy in Hackensack, New Jersey, she resides in Sparta. 
Lee, a native of West Nyack, New York, excelled on the field and in the classroom, culminating with her selection as third-team All-American by Warrior/Inside Lacrosse magazine and first-team Academic All-American by the College Sports Information Director of America (CoSIDA).  She also received a prestigious NCAA postgraduate scholarship in 2003. She picked up numerous conference and regional honors along the way as well. The Royals’ all-time leader in assists and second all-time leading scorer, Lee was twice named second-team All-Metro Region by the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) and first-team All-Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Southern Division, along with earning first-team All-Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) three times.  She was also selected the MAC Senior Scholar-Athlete for the sport of women’s lacrosse in 2003 and received the athletics department’s Carlesimo Award for academic and athletic excellence.

Bridget holds degrees in psychology, philosophy, and art history from the university and is a 2006 graduate of the New York University School of Law.  She is an attorney with Earthjustice, a not-for-profit environmental law firm, and currently resides in New York City.

Behind the play of Elphick and Loftus, the men’s basketball team continued its tradition of success, helping the Royals capture two Freedom Conference championships (‘00, ‘03) and advance to the NCAA tournament twice under head coaches Bob Bessoir and Carl Danzig. 

The highlight of Elphick’s career came in his senior year when he averaged 18.3 points and 7.1 rebounds per game to earn the Freedom Conference Player of the Year award, as well as being named first-team all-region by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC), and  He was also selected first-team all-conference three times. A four-year starter, Elphick shared the John ‘Les’ Dickman award as the Royals’ most valuable player (MVP) with Loftus twice and ended his career with 1728 points and 772 rebounds, which were the fifth and eighth highest totals in Royals’ history, respectively, at the time.  
A native of nearby Dingmans Ferry, Pennsylvania, Derek currently resides in Kensington, Maryland, with his wife, Emily, and daughter, Taylor Elizabeth.  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in finance from the University and is currently employed with United Bank in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area.

Loftus, like Elphick, made an immediate impact, moving into the starting lineup midway through his freshman year and remaining there for the remainder of his career.  He was named second-team All-Freedom Conference three times and finished his career with 1266 points, 429 assists, and 172 steals.  He excelled in the classroom as well, earning CoSIDA District II All-Academic honors twice (’02, ’03) along with being named the male recipient of the Carlesimo Award for academic and athletic excellence.    

Dan holds a degree in finance from the University, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from La Salle University in Philadelphia, and is currently vice president for wealth management sales for Merrill Lynch.  He and his wife, Ellen, a 2003 graduate of the University and former Royal softball player, reside in his native Doylestown, Pennsylvania, with their two children:  Claire and Danny.

In the 39-year history of the field hockey program, (Boersig) Castner is one of only three players to be named All-Mid-Atlantic region twice by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association, becoming the first player to do so by earning first-team honors in 2000 and second team in 2001.  She was also named first-team All-Middle Atlantic Conference three times.  To this day, she is tied for fifth in total points (67), eighth in goals (27), and tied for ninth in assists (13) all-time in Scranton history.  She was a member of the 1998 team that set a Scranton record by winning 16 games, including an Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) championship, under then head coach Brenda Brewer.  The Royals also qualified for the Middle Atlantic and Freedom Conference postseason tournaments in 1999 and 2001.

Laura holds a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from the University and is currently a registered nurse certified in labor and delivery at St. Mary Medical Center in Langhorne, Pennsylvania.  A native of Morrisville, she and her husband, Brian, reside in Holland, Pennsylvania, with their son, Colin.

Buseman’s diligence and hard work came to fruition his senior year, when he qualified for the 2003 NCAA Division III wrestling championships as the Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) 157-pound champion and earned All-America honors with a seventh-place finish, becoming the second wrestler in Royals’ history to earn this distinction.  In his previous three seasons, he came close to qualifying for nationals, finishing runner-up and third at 141 pounds in the 2000 and 2001 MAC championships, respectively, and fourth at 149 in 2002. A native of Mullica Hill, New Jersey, Buseman won more than 30 matches in a season twice and finished his career with 125 wins, establishing the program’s all-time record for most victories along the way.  He was selected the male recipient of the O’Hara Award as the outstanding athlete of the senior class in 2003.  Darren is currently a vice president with Allied Specialty Foods, Inc., of Vineland, New Jersey, and resides in Mullica Hill with his wife, Biz, and daughter, Sophie Shea. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing from the University.

The volleyball program enjoyed a seven-year reign as Middle Atlantic Conference Northeast League champions from 1980 through 1986.  And (Crist) Sherwin played a major role in the Royals’ success, starting at outside hitter all four years and leading the Royals to three league titles and three consecutive winning seasons, including back-to-back 18-win campaigns in 1985 and 1986, under then head coaches Joe Corcoran and Dave Phillips.  In the process, she became the first player in Scranton history to earn first-team All-MAC honors three times (’84, ’86, ’87).  She also served as team captain her senior year.

A native of Wrightsville, Pennsylvania, Valerie holds a Bachelor of Science degree in physical therapy from the University and a Master of Science degree in neurological physical therapy from Temple University.  She is currently a physical therapist with Fox Rehabilitation in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, and resides in Coplay, Pennsylvania, with her two children:  Brooke and Morgan.