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Local Hall of Fame will induct 9 tonight; Honorees' contributions to game cover wide range


The Greater Baltimore Chapter of U.S. Lacrosse will add nine members to its Hall of Fame tonight at Marriott's Hunt Valley Inn. The inductees, whose career highlights span from recreation to indoor lacrosse, are:

John Cheek: Division III's Player of the Year in 1976, he remains the all-time leading scorer at Washington College. A two-time, first-team All-America attackman, Cheek played for the U.S. national team in 1978. He was a two-time high school All-American at Towson, the Baltimore County champion in 1972 and 1973.

Dick Corrigan: Was a star attackman on Maryland's 1955 national championship team and was named first-team All-American in 1958. He played for Poly's 1951 Maryland Scholastic Association champion and received the C. Markland Kelly Award. Corrigan also coached at Yale from 1964 to 1969, winning the Ivy League title his final season there.

Rick Gilbert: A former Hobart attackman, he led the nation in scoring in 1972 and 1974 and his career record of 444 points held up for 22 years. He was a volunteer coach at Gilman School for four years and was named Towson Recreation Council Coach of the Year in 1995.

Dave Huntley: Played midfield on Johns Hopkins' NCAA championship teams in 1978 and 1979, earning first-team All-America status in '77 and '79. He played for the Canadian national team in 1978, when it upset the United States in the world championships final. A current assistant coach for the Thunder, Huntley has also served as an assistant at Loyola College and the coaching director of the Kelly Post recreation teams.

Traci Davis Magness: A former star at St. Paul's School for Girls, she went on to become an All-American at James Madison. She was a member of the U.S. national team for nine years and is presently the coach at Garrison Forest.

Anne McCloskey: Was one of the driving forces in establishing women's sports at Loyola College in the 1970s and later became a head coach and assistant athletic director there. McCloskey was president of the U.S. Women's Lacrosse Association from 1983 to 1986 and is now coaching girls lacrosse in the Lutherville-Timonium Recreation Council.

Susan Abrams Merritt: Was a dominant attack player for Park School and Maryland. For six years, she played for the U.S. team and was a member of the U.S. World Cup squad in 1982. She now coaches at the National Cathedral School in Washington.

Bob Schlenger Sr.: Was an attackman and midfielder on Virginia's 1952 national championship team. He was a club all-star selection from 1960 to 1963 for the Mount Washington Club. Schlenger, an official for 17 years, was the Lacrosse Foundation's director from 1973 to 1983, and served as president in 1982 and 1983.

Melba Williams: A retired Dulaney High School teacher and lacrosse coach, she served as head of the Baltimore County girls high school lacrosse committee for 20 years, organized the first county championships and laid much of the groundwork for the nationally recognized girls program that exists today.

Thunder tonight

Opponent: Syracuse Smash

Site: Onondaga County War Memorial, Syracuse, N.Y.

Time: 8 Radio: WCBM (680 AM)

Outlook: The Thunder (5-0), the highest-scoring team in the National Lacrosse League, will see how much firepower it has without superstar Gary Gait, who will miss tonight's game with a pelvic inflammation. The scoring load shifts to the Canadian duo of Joe Hiltz and Matt Shearer, both of whom have averaged more than three goals per game. The Thunder, which won its previous two games by a goal, pulled goalkeeper Chris Sanderson in the first half in both of those games, but has returned each time with a big performance in the final two quarters. The Thunder leads the series with Syracuse, 2-0, having beaten the second-year Smash by a combined score of 43-24. The Smash (1-2), led offensively by Paul Gait, Ed Fay and Tony Millon, has lost two straight.

NLL standings

W L Pct GB

Thunder 5 0 1.000 --

Toronto 2 1 .667 2

Buffalo 3 2 .600 2

Rochester 2 3 .400 3

New York 1 2 .333 3

Syracuse 1 2 .333 3

Philadelphia 0 4 .000 4 1/2

Today's games

Thunder at Syracuse, 8 p.m.

Philadelphia at Buffalo

Tomorrow's game

Toronto at Rochester

Pub Date: 2/05/99

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