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Six Former Colonials Elected To GW Athletic Hall Of Fame

SIX OUTSTANDING former GW student-athletes have been inducted into the University's Athletic Hall of Fame. Pictured (l-r) are Chemar Smith '98, women's soccer; Mario Lone '92, men's soccer; Kristin McArdle '92, women's basketball; Leslie Anderson '78, men's basketball; Ken Lake '81, baseball and Joe Mannix '89, wrestling. The induction dinner, which drew more than 150 attendees, was held Feb. 4 at Marvin Center's Grand Ballroom.

Jan. 17, 2006

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Membership in the George Washington University Athletic Hall of Fame will expand from 116 to 122 on Saturday, Feb. 4, when six newly-elected members are inducted in ceremonies at the Marvin Center's Grand Ballroom. Dinner, followed by induction ceremonies, will be begin at 7 p.m.

The six--representing four sports--are Leslie Anderson '78, men's basketball; Ken Lake '81, baseball; Mario Lone '92, men's soccer; Joe Mannix '89, wrestling; Kristin McArdle '92, women's basketball, and Chemar Smith '98, women's soccer.

Reservations for the dinner and induction ceremonies are being accepted through Wednesday, Feb. 1, by Ed McKee of the University's Department of Athletics at 202.994.5778 (or via email at Cost of the affair is $60 per person. Checks or money orders (made out to: George Washington University) may be mailed to GW Athletic Hall of Fame Induction, George Washington University, 600 22nd Street, NW, Washington, DC 20052. In addition, credit card payment on VISA, MasterCard or American Express is acceptable by mail, telephone or fax (202.994.2713).

This year's Athletic Hall of Fame "Class of 2006" is the 46th elected since the University's Hall was founded in 1959 and seven inaugural members were inducted.

Leslie M. Anderson, who won four letters in men's basketball at GW between 1974-78, currently ranks 16th on the University's all-time leading scoring list (1,377 points) and eighth on the rebounding list (816). A 6-foot-5 forward, his exciting aerial displays led to his appropriate nickname of 'High Rise'.

Anderson played on teams which posted a 66-40 record during his four seasons, including a 20-7 mark in 1975-76, the opening campaign at the Charles E. Smith Athletic Center some 30 years ago. He led the squad in rebounding in back-to-back seasons (8.5 in '76 and 9.2 in '77).

As a senior in '78, he shared team MVP honors with 6-10 center Mike Zagardo, a member of the GW Athletic Hall of Fame, and several months later was drafted by the Boston Celtics. (That was the same draft in which the Celtics selected a junior-eligible player named Larry Bird.)

The 11th GW men's basketball player to be elected to the University's Athletic Hall of Fame, Anderson went on to a distinguished military career of more than 20 years as a recruiter for the U.S. Army, for which he retired as a First Sergeant in 2005.

A native of Washington, D.C., Anderson, 50, attended Bell High School in the District and graduated from Laurinburg Prep in North Carolina in 1974. As an Army recruiter, he was assigned to recruiting stations in Fort Worth, Boston, Richmond and Lakehurst, N.J., during his military career. Anderson and his wife, Francine, have three children: Britney (21), Leslee (19) and Jerran (17).

Kenneth E. Lake earned four letters in baseball at GW between 1977-81. A lefthanded pitcher and first baseman, Lake came to the Colonials from Peary High School in Rockville, Md., where he had been an All-Met first team selection by the Washington Post and the Montgomery County Player of the Year.

Lake quickly became GW's pitching workhorse for his coach, Mike Toomey, achieving career record status in a pair of pitching categories: complete games (15, tied for fourth) and shutouts (3, tied for fifth). In GW's 1979 NCAA Tournament season, the University's first tourney appearance in 20 years, Lake set a single season school mark for most innings pitched with 108 2/3, including a start against Arkansas, eventual NCAA Tournament runnerup in the College World Series at Omaha. He constantly was called upon to match up against GW's toughest pitching opponents.

Also doubling as an everyday player at first base, Lake batted .280 in 1979, including .444 in NCAA Tournament play. He was described by Toomey, his coach, as an ultimate team player and one of the most fierce competitors he ever coached. Married to the former Ruth Cleary, Lake, 46, and his wife have a son, Trey (7) and a daughter, Wren (4). He is a senior intelligence analyst for SpecTal, LLC of Reston, Va.

Mario D. Lone won four letters in men's soccer at GW between 1988-91 and is the University's career leader in points (117) and goals (50), and is tied for seventh in assists (17). He also owns the single season mark for most points (46 in 1989) and shares the record for most goals in a season (19 in 1989).

A native of Guatemala City, Guatemala, Lone (pronounced Loan-NAY) moved to Hyattsville, Md., at a young age and starred locally at The Bullis School in Potomac, Md., before enrolling at GW. During his four seasons as a Colonials standout, his teams were 42-24-11.

While GW men's soccer has earned berths in three previous NCAA tournaments (in '74, '77 and '78), it wasn't until 1989, Lone's sophomore season, that the Colonials won their first NCAA Tournament contest, a 3-1 victory over George Mason at Fairfax, Va.

Lone earned numerous honors from the Atlantic 10 Conference during his productive athletic career, including Player of the Year in 1989 and 1991, A-10 Rookie of the Year in 1988, and first team All-Conference in both 1990 and '91. In 2001, he was one of 17 former student-athletes who were recognized during the league's 25th Anniversary celebration.

Now 36, Lone lives in Bloomington, Minn., where he is a technical support engineer at Symantec Corporation, and is married to Barbara Spies. The couple has two children, Giovanni (3) and Isabella (1).

Joseph J. Mannix earned four letters in wrestling at GW between 1984-89. During a stellar mat career, Mannix was a starter for the Colonials in the 150- and 158-pound weight class, amassing 137 victories, second on the all-time GW win list. The total included multiple tournament championships, including four place-winning efforts at NCAA Eastern Regional tournaments and a trip to the 1989 NCAA Championships.

The Northport, N.Y., native served as team captain of his squads in 1986, '87 and '89. (He redshirted during the 1988 season because of an injury.) Qualifying for Nationals in '89, he was the team's MVP award winner that season, and in 1986 and '87 he was selected as the team's Outstanding Wrestler.

After graduation, Mannix pursued a successful music career, both with a band and as a solo artist. He performed in many venues both in the U.S. and abroad, and has released several CDs which have had great circulation and critical acclaim. Recently, he has returned to college to prepare himself a future career as an educator. Mannix, 39, and his wife, Debra Thompson, reside in East Northport, N.Y.

Kristin McArdle lettered for four seasons in women's basketball at GW between 1988-92. Within those four seasons, the Colonials program turned the corner' from an Atlantic 10 second division finisher (9-19 in 1989) to a 25-7 conference tournament champion and back-to-back entries in the NCAA Tournament. Though an overall solid 71-47 in her four seasons, McArdle's junior and senior clubs averaged 24 victories and made the University's first two women's NCAA appearances, defeating Richmond and Vermont in '91 and '92, respectively.

Though just 5-foot-11, she managed to play all five positions for her head coaches, Jennifer Bednarik and then Joe McKeown. In fact, McArdle was so versatile, she became the first (and one of only two) women's players in Colonials history to record a triple-double'. Against Rhode Island on Jan. 9, 1992, she had 11 points, 12 rebounds and a school-record 14 assists. (Twelve years later, in 2004, Anna Montanana '05 joined the triple-double' list vs. La Salle.)

While McArdle left the bulk of her teams' scoring to her teammates, her name dots the Colonials' career records in the areas of rebounds (fifth with 830), assists (seventh with 386) and steals (fifth with 260). She also is found in single season records in rebounding (245, tied for 11th, 1990), assists (154, sixth, in 92) and steals (third, in 92). Her single game bests which appear in the GW record book are 20 rebounds (tied for second with four others), 14 assists (tied for first with Colleen McCrea 97) and seven steals (tied for 12th on the all-time list). In 1992, she earned A-10 Academic All-Conference and GTE/CoSida Academic All-America district honors as well as being named regional recipient of the NCAA Woman of the Year.

McArdle, a native of Gettysburg, Pa., now lives in New York City where she continues to choreograph and dance both on, off and off-off Broadway. Prior to moving to 'the Big Apple' and pursuing a career in dance, she was the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship to Australia where she received a master's degree in environmental history and aboriginal studies from the University of Sydney.

Chemar I. Smith won four varsity letters in as many years in women's soccer between 1994-97 and started 80 consecutive matches during than span. She is the program's all-time leader in points (108) and goals (45) as well as second in assists (18). In doing so, she was named Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year in 1994 as well as earning A-10 All-Conference first team honors four straight seasons (94-97).

As an Olympic development player (from Long Island Lutheran HS), Smith was highly-touted as one of the top 20 recruits graduating from high school in 94. Though recruited by many of the top soccer schools in the nation, Smith chose to come to GW and changed the program from the moment she set her foot on campus, including scoring 10 goals in her first 10 collegiate matches!

In her junior campaign, she was a member of the 1996 team which competed in the NCAA Tournament, the first one to do so. Playing for Coach Shannon Higgins Cirovski, also a GW Athletic Hall of Famer, she was named to the Atlantic 10 All-Championship Team that season as well as being named to the All-America regional third team. As a senior, she was named to the All-America regional second team after leading her teammates to a 13-6-2 record.

Smith, 29, who majored in exercise science at GW, also holds a bachelor's ('99), master's (2001) and doctorate ('06) degrees in physical therapy from Touro College in Bayshore, N.Y. She lives in Massapequa, N.Y., and works in New York City as a pediatric physical therapist for the Board of Education.