Piper Frick Davis, Jeff Williams, and Lauren Wynne Bickel
Two former Marywood University field hockey players and a former baseball player were inducted as the 16th class of honorees into Marywood University's prestigious Athletics Hall of Fame on Saturday, February 4, 2012 on the University's campus. Piper (Frick) Davis, Lauren (Wynne) Bickel and Jeff Williams were selected for induction by the University's Hall of Fame Committee and approved by Marywood University President Sister Anne Munley, IHM, Ph.D.
Piper Frick Davis, Wake Forest, North Carolina, is one of the most decorated student-athletes in Marywood history. A 2002 graduate of the University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Physical Education with a minor in coaching, Davis was a standout for the field hockey program (1998-2001) but also played four years of basketball (1998-2002).
Known equally as well for her academics and community service as her athletic ability, Davis was named the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference's (PAC) Female Scholar Athlete of the Year for the 2000-2001 academic year. A three-time (1999, 2000 and 2001) National Field Hockey Coaches Association of America Academic All-American, Davis was a four-year member of both the fall and winter/spring PAC Academic Honor Roll. After her senior year of competition was over, Davis swept all three major awards given out at the annual Marywood Athletics banquet, being named the 2000-2001 Senior Student-Athlete of the Year, the 2001 Pacers Club Humanitarian Award winner and was the recipient of the 2001 Dr. Jane Farr Award for Excellence in Field Hockey.
Selected as the PAC Field Hockey Player of the Year in 2001, Davis was a member of the 1998 PAC Championship team and earned First Team All-Conference honors in each of her four seasons while earning team MVP honors in 1998, 1999 and 2000. As a member of the women's basketball team, Davis was an All-Conference Honorable Mention selection during the 2000-2001 season and was named the team's MVP that season as well.
Married to Jeremy Davis, Piper is currently a stay at home mother with four children. The couple has three girls (Harper, 7; Aigie, 4; Ollie, 2), one boy (Silas, 5), and is currently in the process of adopting another boy.
Jeff Williams, Larksville, is a 2001 Marywood University graduate and former standout pitcher for the Pacers. A 1996 graduate of Scranton High School, Williams attended East Stroudsburg University from 1996-1998 before enrolling at Marywood. Williams, the first baseball player selected into Marywood's Athletics Hall of Fame, played ball for the Pacers from 1998-2001 where he became one of the most decorated player to don a Pacers uniform.
A team captain in 2000 and 2001, Williams earned Pennsylvania Athletic Conference (PAC) First Team All-Conference accolades during his senior season while earning team Most Valuable Player honors. Williams led the Pacers pitching staff in wins in both 2000 and 2001 and led Marywood in strikeouts in 1999, 2000 and 2001. In 2001, he led the PAC with a 1.99 Earned Run Average (ERA) which also ranked him 42nd in NCAA Division III in ERA. His team-best 72 strikeouts in 2001 ranked him 89th in all of Division III baseball.
Williams still holds numerous pitching records at Marywood. Williams struck out the most batters in a 7-inning game after fanning 12 in a game against Anna Maria College. He also ranks second in strikeouts for a 9-inning game with 14 K's in one game. Williams is the individual single-season record holder for most wins by a pitcher (6, 2001) and most shutouts (2 in both 2000 and 2001). He is also the career record holder in complete games by a pitcher (22), most shutouts (5), most wins (17), most strikeouts (234) and lowest ERA (4.08).
Williams graduated Marywood with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health & Physical Education with minors in nutrition and coaching. He later earned a Master’s Degree in Classroom Technology from nearby Wilkes University in 2007. Williams currently teaches secondary level Health/Wellness and Athletic Health Care for the Hazleton Area School District. He is married to Nicole Castellani Williams and the couple has one daughter (Jenna, age 7) and two sons (Chase, age 3 and Bryce, born January 18).
Lauren Wynne Bickel, Hope Valley, Rhode Island, is a 1996 graduate of Marywood College and was a four-year member of the Pacers' field hockey team from 1992-1995. During her career, Bickel was a key member of the back-to back Pennsylvania Athletic Conference Championship teams (1992, 1993) and also earned PAC runner-up titles in 1994 and 1995. After earning Second Team All-Conference honors in her sophomore year (1993), Bickel was named a First Team selection in both 1994 and 1995 to close out her career.
Widely regarded as one of the most dangerous scoring threats on the field during her four years, Bickel set a Marywood record with 16 goals scored during the 1995 season, a record that stands to this day. She led the Pacers in points in her junior and senior years with 31 and 34, respectively, and led the team in goals scored as a sophomore (9), junior (15) and senior (16).
Bickel was twice selected as a College Field Hockey Coaches Association (CFHCA) North-Atlantic Region All-American, first as a Second Team honoree in 1994 and then as a First Team honoree in 1995. She participated in the CFHCA's North-South Senior All-Star game in 1995. The teams Bickel played on at Marywood never had a losing season and combined for a 42-28-1 record during her four-year career. She was twice named the team MVP (1994, 1995) and served as team captain in her senior campaign.
Bickel graduated from Marywood with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and worked as a Clinical Research Associate prior to having children. Married to Chris Bickel, she is currently a stay at home mom with her three boys, Hunter (8), Brent (5) and Hayden (3).