2017 Gold Wave Hall of Fame Inductees to be Inducted Homecoming Weekend

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Members of Le Moyne College 1987-88 Men’s Basketball team
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Newly Inducted Members of the Le Moyne College Gold Wave Hall of Fame: (L to R) Will Chidsey, Gabrielle Curinga, Lizzie Cheek, and Dan McCarthy.

Four alumni-athletes and one team have been added to the Dolphins’ Hall of Fame later this month.

Lizzie Cheek ‘10, Will Chidsey ‘06, Dan McCarthy ‘07, and the 1987-88 Men’s Basketball Team have been inducted into the Gold Wave Hall of Fame during John ‘Doc’ Joiner Homecoming Weekend September 22-24. Gabrielle Curinga ‘94 has also been formally inducted at this year’s ceremony.

According to the Le Moyne Athletics website, Lizzie Cheek is a 2010 graduate, and was an outside hitter for the Women’s Volleyball Team. She holds the Dolphin records for most career kills (1296) and career points (1526). She also ranks in the top six for average points per set, service aces, and digs, all while being an NE10 All-Conference athlete all four years on the court. After graduating, Cheek was hired as a Graduate Assistant for two years, then assumed the Head Coach position in 2013.

Chidsey swam as a Dolphin from 2002 to 2006, and is still “the most decorated student-athlete in the program’s history,” according to the Athletics website.

McCarthy was the first golfer from Le Moyne to medal at the NCAA Regional competition. The 1987-88 Basketball Team went 24-6 and ended their season at the NCAA Championships.

Gabrielle Curinga, a member of the 1990-94 Women’s Soccer Team, was formally inducted at this year’s ceremony. Curinga played for the University of Washington during her graduate career, and then professionally for the Seattle Sounders during the 2000 season. Now employed at Seattle Children’s Hospital, Ellie, according to Le Moyne Athletic Director Matt Bassett, chose to defer her induction in 2016. “Her husband was in service in Afghanistan, and she wanted for him to be back for the ceremony,” said Bassett.

Craig Lane ‘07, Assistant Athletic Director for Sports Information, says the committee consists of twelve individuals of varying positions, including himself, student athletes, alumni, coaches, administrators, and the Director of the Dolphin Athletic Association (DAA). They meet for a number of months before deciding on the year’s inductee class.

“It’s easy to feel a great sense of pride and admiration,” said Bassett. “I watched [Lizzie] as a student athlete break records here, and I watched her as a Graduate Assistant Coach begin to develop into a quality professional…. It’s a heck of a lot of fun to watch somebody grow up like that.”

Lane remembers watching her play while still in school and then as an employee. “She was definitely a strong candidate of this year’s nominees.”

Cheek said she is excited to be inducted this year. “I’m honestly a little shy about it,” Cheek says. “I definitely feel honored to be inducted and to be a part of a lot of the teams and coaches and other athletes that have been inducted, I feel very honored to be put in the same category as them.”