MILWAUKEE – Milwaukee School of Engineering has announced nine former student-athletes will make up the 2014 induction class into the MSOE Athletic Hall of Fame.
Chris Boardman, Catherine Chappell, Benjamin Herrmann, Leah Leja, Jeff Mikos, Scott Murphy, Ryan Shefchik, Brian Soik and Lee Swallow will be inducted during a ceremony and banquet Feb. 8, 2014 at the Kern Center.
For more information, or to register for the event, go to http://www.msoe.edu/events/1899.
Chris Boardman was a three-time All-Lake Michigan Conference honoree while playing every position in the field for the MSOE men’s soccer team. He began his career in the midfield and moved to forward as a sophomore when he was among conference leaders with eight goals and six assists for 22 points. Then, as a junior, Boardman moved to central defense. He suffered a knee injury midway through that season, but returned to start every game as a senior and reassert himself as one of the top players in the conference. Boardman was named to the Lake Michigan Conference All-Rookie team as a freshman. He then earned All-LMC awards at forward as a sophomore and defender as a senior in 2004.
Catherine Chappell (Track & Field, Basketball, Soccer, Cross Country, Golf / 2003-08 / Lemont, Ill.)
Catherine Chappell was a five-sport athlete in her time in the Red and White, earning honors in track & field, basketball and soccer. She competed in multi-events in track & field and was a two time All-American, earning the award in the heptathlon and long jump. She holds 12 MSOE school records over eight indoor and outdoor events. In basketball, she led the conference and was 14th nationally with 21.0 points per game as a junior and was named Player of the Year. She also ranked in the top 25 in the country in field goal percentage that season (56.3 percent) and was 21st in scoring as a senior (19.6 ppg) when the Raiders competed as an independent. Chappell is MSOE’s all-time leading scorer with 1,790 points, tops the rebounding chart with 841 and was the Raiders’ first finalist for the Jostens’s Trophy. In addition to two all-conference awards in basketball, she also earned one in her only season of soccer.
Ben Herrmann was a three-time all-conference performer for the MSOE men’s soccer team. He was a two-time team captain that led by example on the field with his tenacious play in the midfield. As a freshman, he was named to the All-Lake Michigan Conference Team and the LMC All-Rookie Team. He was then named to All-LMC Honorable Mention as a sophomore before another All-LMC Team award as a junior. His senior season, the Raiders did not play in a conference and he was named to the NSCAA Scholar All-Region Team. Herrmann finished his career with 26 points, scoring eight goals and assisting on 10 others.
Leah Leja was an all-conference selection in two sports, playing four years of soccer before finishing her Raider career on the cross country course. She helped lay the groundwork in building up the soccer program into what it has become today and graduated among the program’s leaders with 16 goals, 18 assists and 50 points. Leja was named to the all-conference team in each of her first three seasons and named to the all-rookie team as a freshman. In cross country, she ran one meet during her soccer career, taking 23rd at the conference championship in 2005. As a senior, she joined the cross country team full-time and went on to take 10th at the 2007 NAC Championship and earn all-conference honors.
Jeff Mikos was a force on both ends of the floor for the Raider basketball team during his career. He was instrumental on offense all four years with 1,366 points in his career and a school-record 552 assists—119 more than any other MSOE player. He made a bigger impact on the defense, where he is ranked ninth in NCAA Division III history in steals and 21st with a career average of 3.24 steals per game. He led the league three times in assists and all four years in steals, while ranking in the top 10 nationally in steals three times. He was named all-conference all four years and in 2003 he led the Raiders to the Lake Michigan Conference Tournament title and their first-ever NCAA Tournament in men’s basketball.
Scott Murphy played a key role in MSOE’s development as an NCAA Division III program, playing on the first NCAA winning season as a sophomore in 2005-06, the first of six-straight winning records. The Raiders won 61 games in his career, more than the previous 11 seasons combined. He started 102 games and is fourth in school history with 1,463 points, while ranking in the top 10 in program history in field goals, free throws, steals and blocks. A three-time team captain, he was a four-time all-conference selection. He earned All-Lake Michigan Conference Honorable Mention twice, then All-NCAA Division III Independents Second-Team as a junior and All-Northern Athletics Conference First Team as a senior.
Ryan Schefchik was a four-year letterwinner on the MSOE wrestling team, helping to transform the program into one that achieved success on the mat and in the classroom. He was twice named to the NWCA All-America Scholar Wresting Team and won two individual conference championships. His contributions as a wrestler and three-time captain also helped the Raiders achieve new program bests, setting records for dual meet wins and won a conference championship his junior season. With Shefchik on the roster, MSOE also posted the best team GPA in the country his final season after finishing second the year before.
Brian Soik was a two-time Player of the Year and three-time all-conference selections as the Raiders rose to be the class of the MCHA. MSOE won regular season titles in each of his final three seasons, while raising the Harris Cup postseason trophy twice. The Raiders won 70 games over his four years and boasted a conference winning percentage of nearly .800. Soik was an NCAA Division III All-American as a senior and twice named a CoSIDA Academic All-American. He tallied 125 career points on 45 goals and 80 assists. He shares a school record with 12 power play goals in a season, owns the fourth-best single season point total (45), and the fifth-best single season assist total (27) in school history.
Lee Swallow’s arrival at MSOE coincided with the hockey team’s ascension to the top of the MCHA, as the team won titles in his first three seasons, posting a 47-6-3 (.866) record in MCHA play and averaging 20 wins per season. He led the team in scoring all four years, including as a freshman when he was tied for second in NCAA Division III with 1.21 points per game. As a sophomore, he was in the top five nationally in points (1.67) and assists (1.07) per game and game-winning goals (5). Swallow is one of two MSOE players to top 150 points and is the school record holder with 102 career assists. Swallow was named a preseason honorable mention All-American by USCHO.com entering his sophomore season and was a two-time all-conference selection in the MCHA.