LEXINGTON, Va. -- Washington and Lee has announced the 12th class that will be inducted into its Athletic Hall of Fame in a ceremony to be held on campus on Friday, Sept. 24. The group will also be honored prior to the Generals' football game against Centre College on Saturday, Sept. 25. This year's class includes Rob Lindsay '76, Jim Lukens '48L, Elizabeth Miles Mitzlaff '89, and "Bullet" Joe Silverstein '22.
Rob Lindsay '76 was a four-year member of the Generals' lacrosse team and a three-year member of the football team. Lindsay was voted the lacrosse team captain two years and was a three-time All-America selection as a defensemen. During his four years, Lindsay led the W&L lacrosse team to a 49-14 overall record and three berths to the NCAA Division I Men's Lacrosse Tournament Semifinals. In football, Lindsay was a three-year starter at running back, leading the 1974 team in rushing yards and scoring. For his career, Lindsay rushed for 598 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Jim Lukens '48L was a three-sport athlete at W&L, competing in football, basketball, and track. Lukens received all-state honors on the gridiron and garnered honorable mention All-America honors as a wide receiver for the Generals. During the 1948 season, Lukens was one of the nation's leading receivers with 38 catches for 547 yards and one touchdown. That year, Lukens also was awarded the Forest Fletcher award as the track team MVP. Lukens went on to play one year of professional football for the Buffalo Bills.
Elizabeth Miles Mitzlaff '89 is the first-ever woman athlete to be inducted into the school's hall of fame. Miles Mitzlaff was a four-year letterwinner and two-year captain on the women's swimming team. She earned All-ODAC honors all four years and was the ODAC's Outstanding Swimmer during her junior and senior seasons. Miles Mitzlaff also was named W&L's Outstanding Female Swimmer three times and and earned honorable mention All-America honors as a freshman and senior. Until the 1998-99 season, she held school records in the 200 freestyle (1:57.42), 500 freestyle (5:10.21), 1000 freestyle (10:45.14), and 1650 freestyle (17:50.42).
"Bullet" Joe Silverstein '22 was a four-year letterwinner in football and a three-year letterwinner in track. A versatile athlete, Silverstein played on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball. As a freshman, he led the team in scoring with 42 points and was named team captain as a sophomore. Silverstein earned first team all-south honors as a junior when he led the Generals to the Southern Conference Football Championship and earned first team all-south honors again as a senior. He also set a school record in the discus throw with a toss of 112'11".
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