Meet Our Mascot

Luke posing in front of flower beds

Born in Dublin, Luke the Laker grew up on Lower Baggot Street, just down the way from Catherine McAuley’s first House of Mercy. Since his days as a youngster, he’s admired the dedication and fortitude of the Sisters of Mercy, traits he’s honed during his time as a fisherman sailing the Irish Sea. Like his uncle Louie, Luke bleeds green and blue, and now he’s decided to permanently anchor his ship and follow in Louie’s footsteps, ready to cheer on our student-athletes and do all he can in support of Mercyhurst pride.

Luke stands with the bell

Where Did Luke's Bell Come From?

Sister Damien Mlechick was a beloved member of the Mercyhurst community for more than 20 years. Some described her dedication to both Mercyhurst and the athletic programs as "the spirit of the college." Besides serving as the Mercyhurst switchboard operator, Sister Damien could be seen at many Laker Athletic events with her signature cowbell and holy water. Luke the Laker has made a vow to carry on Sister Damien's Laker Spirit by ringing the bell at Laker Athletic events for years to come.

Some of Luke's Best Moments on Campus

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  • For Thanksgiving Luke surprised students and dressed up as a turkey. Here he is posing next to an inflatable turkey in Grotto Commons.

    Luke standing with inflatable turkey
  • During Christmas time Luke dressed up as Santa for our students. 

    Luke dressed as Santa in front of bell
  • Here Luke is sporting a pink ribbon bandana for Breast Cancer Awareness. 

    Lake wearing pink Breast Cancer bandana
  • To celebrate the Easter holiday Luke posed with the Easter Bunny in front of O'Neil Tower.

    Luke standing with Easter Bunny
  • In this picture, Luke is getting ready to lead a group of bagpipe players through our residential halls. This signals to students that today is going to be Hurst day. 

    Luke with bagpipe players