Class of 2020 will have to wait a year for hall of fame induction

CHESTERTOWN — Washington College will induct two hall of fame classes in the fall of 2021, or at least that is the plan as of now.

The campus is currently shuttered in an abundance of caution to slow the spread of COVID-19, and there is no way to predict what the next year will bring.

Nonetheless, the college has announced its Class of 2020 inductees. Listed alphabetically, they are: Diane Green ‘06, softball and field hockey; Andrew King ‘97, tennis and soccer; Kyle Mitten ‘05, lacrosse; Ally Simons ‘07, swimming and field hockey; and Ryan Staszak ‘01, swimming.

The plan is to honor the classes of 2020 and 2021 in the same ceremony next fall.

Green, who ranks among the top 10 in program history in a number of hitting and pitching categories, had a career .379 batting average and a career 2.67 ERA. She led the Shore ladies to their first berth in the Centennial Conference softball tournament in 2005.

Green was a three-time team MVP, twice was placed on the conference’s elite first team in all-star voting and was the recipient of the Senior Athletic Award in 2006.

She still holds the career record of 46 complete games pitched and a single-season slugging percentage of .784 (in 2004). Her batting average of .474 in 2004 is second best in program history. She clubbed seven home runs in 2004 to establish a school record, which was eclipsed the following year when 2016 hall of fame inductee Laura Scimeca Gibson ‘05 hit eight homers.

Green also played field hockey as a sophomore and junior.

King led the soccer team in scoring for three years in a row and played on four Centennial Conference championship tennis teams, 1994-97.

The 1994 and 1997 tennis teams also were crowned NCAA Division III national champions.

Washington went 72-9 in tennis during King’s four years. He was 47-9 in singles and 39-13 in doubles, and was an all-conference performer in singles and doubles.

As a doubles player, King qualified for the NCAA tournament in 1995 and won a Centennial title in 1996.

King led the Shoremen’s soccer team in scoring three years in a row, 1994-96. For his career, he totaled 26 goals and 22 assists. He was a two-time All-Centennial pick.

Washington’s booters were 38-29-10 during the King era.

Mitten was a three-time All-America lacrosse player for Washington, earning a first-team nod in 2004.

A long-stick midfielder and defenseman, he played only three years here after transferring in as a sophomore.

Washington won the Centennial crown in 2003, which was Mitten’s first year here, and was the conference runner-up in 2005.

Mitten played on two NCAA Division III Tournament teams, including the 2004 team that went 18-3 and reached the national semifinals.

The Shoremen were a combined 40-12 in Mitten’s time.

Mitten landed on the elite first team in all-conference voting in each of his three years as a Shoreman. He also was an ECAC South all-star and played in the prestigious North-South Senior All-Star Game.

He received the Senior Athletic Award as the outstanding male athlete in the Class of 2005.

Simons was the outstanding female athlete in the Class of ‘07, a solid field hockey player who appeared in 69 career games and an All-America swimmer.

She was a two-time Scholar All-American and a two-time NCAA qualifier in swimming.

Simons held school records in the 200 and 400 individual medley and the 200 butterfly when she graduated, and she still holds the 400 IM record of 4 minutes, 41.06 seconds.

She made an immediate impact as a freshman in 2004 when she won Centennial gold in the 100 and 200 fly and 200 IM. She successfully defended those titles the next year and swam on the winning 200 medley relay.

All told, she won nine individual medals and was a member of seven medal-winning relays at the conference championships.

In her four years here, Washington’s women went 33-14.

Staszak was a 16-time Centennial Conference medalist, which included gold medals in the 50 freestyle (twice) and the 100 free and as a member of championship 400 medley and 200 free relays.

He currently ranks fourth in program history in the 50 free (21.21)

He qualified for the NCAAs in the 50 free, 100 free and 100 butterfly.

In Staszak’s four years, the Shoremen (27-14-1) won almost twice as many dual meets as they lost.

At graduation, Staszak was presented the Eldridge Eliason Award as the senior male who, with scholastic standing in the upper half of the class, accomplished the most in athletics.

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