Hopkins to Add Six to Athletic Hall of Fame
Oct. 3, 2002
BALTMORE, Md. -- Johns Hopkins University will induct six new members into its Athletic Hall of Fame in ceremonies scheduled for Saturday, October 5, 2002. The class Jeff Fang (Baseball / Class of 1992), Lorne Guild (Men's Lacrosse, Football / Class of 1932), Cindy Harper Covington (Basketball, Track / Class of 1988), Patty Lagator Knott (Lacrosse / Class of 1990), Jerry Schmidt (Lacrosse, Football / Class of 1962) and Paul Weiss (Football, Lacrosse / Class of 1970). The six-member class is the ninth to be inducted since the Johns Hopkins Athletic Hall of Fame was formed in 1994 and raises the total number of members in the Hall of Fame to 73. The group will be honored at the Johns Hopkins-Gettysburg football game on Friday, October 4 with the actual induction ceremony to take place at the Hunt Valley Marriott on Saturday, October 5.
Below is a short profile of each of the six inductees.
Parsippany, NJ / Parsippany
Class of 1992 * Baseball
Jeff Fang was a four-year letter winner on the Johns Hopkins baseball team from 1989-92 and helped the Blue Jays to a four-year record of 111-42-1 (.724) during his career.
The Blue Jays made the program's only appearance in the NCAA Division III College World Series during Fang's career, while twice competing in the NCAA Tournament. Hopkins also won a pair of Middle Atlantic Conference titles during Fang's career.
One of the top pitchers in school history, Fang concluded his career with a 29-7 overall record, 19 complete games and 149 strikeouts. He is still tied for first on the career victory list at JHU and still holds the school record for career starts with 39.
A Third Team GTE Academic All-American as a senior, Fang got his career off to a strong start by posting an 8-0 record and a 3.03 ERA as a freshman. That year, JHU made its only appearance in the College World Series and Fang defeated future major leaguer Bob Wickman to earn one of Hopkins' two wins at the World Series.
In addition to garnering Academic All-America honors, Fang was a two-time All-UAA selection, a two-time All-MAC Southeast selection and the 1992 MAC Southeast MVP.
Lorne Randolf Guild
Baltimore, MD / City College
Class of 1932 * Men's Lacrosse, Football
A standout at two different positions for the Johns Hopkins men's lacrosse team, Lorne Guild earned All-America honors three times during his career at Homewood. He also was a standout lineman on the Johns Hopkins football team for three years.
Guild came to Johns Hopkins as an attackman and garnered Honorable Mention All-America honors as a sophomore, when he led the Blue Jays to a 7-2 record.
His first season was just the beginning however, as he went on to earn First Team All-America honors as a midfielder as a junior and senior, when JHU went a combined 19-1. In 1932, Guild led Hopkins to an 11-0 record and the USILA National Championship.
As USILA Champions in 1932, the Blue Jays were selected to represent the United States against Canada in the Olympic Games in Los Angeles. The U.S. defeated the Canadians, two games to one in the best-of-three series and played in front of an estimated 150,000 people over the course of the three games.
In addition to his exploits on the lacrosse field, Guild was a key member of the Johns Hopkins football team as well. As a senior, he helped lead Hopkins to a 6-2 record after the Blue Jays had won just six games in the previous three seasons combined.
Cindy Harper Covington
Philadelphia, PA / Friends Select
Class of 1988 * Women's Basketball & Track
A prolific scorer and rebounder, Cindy Harper Covington was a standout member of the Johns Hopkins women's basketball team for four years while also competing for the track team for three years. She left her name throughout the women's basketball record book and is one of just a few players from prior to 1990 who still remain among the program's all-time statistical leaders.
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Harper Covington concluded her career ranked second on the all-time scoring list at Johns Hopkins with 1,056 points and still ranks 10th on the all-time charts. She also became just the second player in school history to amass 1,000 points and 450 rebounds and she remains one of just five players in school history to reach these milestones.
Harper Covington still holds school records for points (39) and field goals (16) in a game and also ranks in the top 10 in school history in field goal attempts (1,040), field goals made (436), free throw attempts (378), free throws made (184) and rebounds (489).
Her cumulative career records are magnified when considering the number of games she played in her career. Prior to 1990, the Johns Hopkins women's basketball team played an average of 18-20 games per season. Since then, the Blue Jays have played an average of nearly 27 games per year.
Patricia Lagator Knott
Timonium, MD / Notre Dame Prep
Class of 1990 * Women's Lacrosse
Patty Lagator Knott ranks as one of Hopkins' all-time most prolific scorers in women's lacrosse. During her career she helped lead JHU to a four-year record of 50-16 (.758), four trips to the NCAA Tournament, one appearance in the NCAA Semifinals and two MAC Championships.
The four trips to the NCAA Tournament were the first four in school history in women's lacrosse and marked the first time a JHU women's athletic team had qualified for the NCAA Tournament four times.
The first player in school history to record over 100 career goals and 100 career assists, Lagator Knott finished her career with a school-record 108 assists to go along with 105 goals and finished her career as the all-time leader in points (213) as well. She still ranks sixth on the all-time scoring list at JHU and remains the only player in school history to record 20 or more assists in a season four times.
Lagator Knott earned Second Team All-America honors as a junior, when she set a then school-record with 84 points on the year. She tallied a career and team-high 45 goals that season and was one of four Johns Hopkins women's lacrosse players to earn All-America honors. Prior to that season, only two Johns Hopkins women's lacrosse players had ever earned All-America honors.
Austin "Jerry" F. Schmidt
Baltimore, MD / St. Pauls
Class of 1962 * Lacrosse, Football
A two-sport standout, Jerry Schmidt made his mark on the lacrosse field and is best remembered as the only lacrosse player to ever land on the cover of Sports Illustrated.
Schmidt led Johns Hopkins to a three-year record of 23-8 and finished his career with 98 goals after posting 23 as a sophomore, 35 as a junior and 40 as a senior. He earned Third Team All-America honors as a sophomore and First Team All-America status as a junior and senior.
As a senior, he earned the Lt. Col. J.I. Turnbull Reynolds Award as the nation's outstanding attackman and was named to the All-Time Johns Hopkins Team as well.
Schmidt went on to head coaching positions at Hobart and Princeton and was inducted into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1982. Schmidt led Hobart to three national titles during his tenure there and was inducted into the Hobart Hall of Fame in 1989.
Schmidt was also a key member of the Johns Hopkins football team during his career at Homewood. He started on the 1959 MAC and Mason Dixon Championship team and led the team in receiving that year. He started on offense and defense during his career.
Paul Erhardt Weiss
Florissant, MO / McCluer
Class of 1970 * Football, Men's Lacrosse
One of Johns Hopkins' all-time great two-sport athletes, Paul Weiss excelled on Homewood Field in the fall and spring as a member of the football and men's lacrosse teams.
Weiss finished his career as Hopkins' all-time leading rusher with 1,832 yards, a figure that still ranks sixth all-time at JHU. Despite only being allowed to play three seasons per NCAA rules at the time, Weiss also still ranks fifth in all-time rushing touchdowns (19) and fourth in overall touchdowns (25). He remains the co-holder of the school record for most touchdowns in one season with 14.
Consistency marked Weiss' football career as he had seven 100-yard rushing games to his credit and, at the time he finished his career, held three of the top four single-game rushing marks in school history as well.
Having never played lacrosse prior to arriving at Hopkins didn't seem to stop Weiss from excelling in the spring as a defenseman. He earned Third Team All-America honors as a junior and Second Team All-America status as a senior. He helped lead JHU to a three-year record of 28-3 and three USILA National Championships.
As one of the leaders on defense, Weiss helped JHU hold 26 of its 31 opponents to less than 10 goals in those three years and the Blue Jays won 18 consecutive games at one point during his career. At the time, the 18-game winning streak was the longest for a JHU team since a 19-game winning streak that extended from 1941 to 1942.
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