Date: May 26, 1998
Contact: Brian Logue (540) 463-8676
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MONEIM, PARKER HIGHLIGHT ATHLETIC AWARD WINNERS AT W&L

LEXINGTON, Va. - OMAR MONEIM (Albuquerque, N.M./Albuquerque Academy) and WHITNEY PARKER (Richmond, Va./St. Catherine's) headed the list of honorees at the annual Washington and Lee University Athletic Awards Ceremony on Tuesday night in Lee Chapel. Moneim and Parker were named the Pres Brown Outstanding Senior Male and Female athletes, respectively.

Moneim was a four-year letterwinner in football and track for the Generals. In track and field he swept the shot put competition at the Old Dominion Athletic Conference indoor and outdoor championship meets this season and in football he was the team's leading tackler and a second team All-ODAC honoree at defensive tackle.

Parker earned first team All-America honors in women's lacrosse this spring after leading W&L to a 13-3 record, an ODAC championship and a NCAA Division III tournament appearance. Parker was named to the All-ODAC and All-South Atlantic teams three times in her career and was a second team All-American last year.

In other major awards handed out on Tuesday, senior MARY JO MAHONEY (North Andover, Mass./Severna Park (MD)) received the William McHenry Scholar-Athlete Award. Mahoney carries a grade point average in excess of 3.7 and has been inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. As a lacrosse player she was a two-time first team All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference selection and was also twice named to the IWLCA All-South Atlantic team.

Senior LORRAINE TAURASSI (Smithtown, N.Y./Smithtown East) was named the recipient of the Wink Glasgow Spirit & Sportsmanship Award. Taurassi was a captain for both the women's lacrosse and soccer teams and excelled in both sports. In soccer she was named to the All-ODAC team three times and in lacrosse she led the team in scoring her junior and senior years and was named first team All-ODAC both years. She as also a two-time IWLCA All-South Atlantic selection.

LIZ BORGES (Winchester, Mass./Winchester) and PETE IWANCIO (Baltimore, Md./Loyola Blakefield) were named the Outstanding Freshman Female and Male Athletes. Borges was one of the leading scorers for W&L's ODAC champion women's lacrosse team, finishing the season with 45 points on 33 goals and 12 assists. Iwancio started all 16 games on defense for W&L's nationally-ranked men's lacrosse team and was a second team All-ODAC honoree.

History professor HOLT MERCHANT was honored with the R.E. "Chub" Yeakel Memorial Service Award for his support of W&L athletics. Sophomore KATHERNE RIDDLE (St. Claire Shores, Mich./University Liggett) received the Lefty Newell Memorial Award for her work as an assistant in the athletic department and junior MIKEL PARKER (Marietta, Ga./Walton) received the Richard Miller Physical Education Scholarship.

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