On Saturday, Oct. 13, these former Laker student-athletes will be inducted into the hallowed hall at a banquet in historic Sheldon Hall during Homecoming Weekend: Joe Carrabs '04, George T. Gelsomin '78, Paul Newman '83, Mark H. Serron '81, Sheri A. Smith '91, Barbara Verdoliva Carroll '93 and Gregory Arthur Wilson '68.
Carrabs was a two-time All-America selection for the men's ice hockey team. As a junior, Carrabs was recognized as a First Team All-American and followed that with a second team nod after his final campaign. The defenseman scored 20 or more points in three of his four seasons, including a career-high 28 points as a freshman. A two-time First Team All-SUNYAC selection, Carrabs played 118 games in an Oswego uniform, racking up 82 points. One of his lasting impacts was helping to lead the Lakers to a 25-7-1 record and an NCAA Championship berth during the 2002-03 season.
Gelsomin was a member of the golden era of Laker golf, competing at national tournaments during multiple seasons in the late 1970s. In 1976, Gelsomin was part of the Oswego program that made its seventh-straight appearance at the NCAA Championship, finishing seventh as a team. Prior to the national invitational, Gelsomin helped the Lakers claim a fifth-consecutive conference championship, shooting a 77. The following year, the Lakers again returned to the NCAA tournament, placing ninth behind an Honorable Mention All-America performance from Gelsomin.
Newman becomes the 18th wrestler inducted into the Hall of Fame, predicated on a brilliant senior season. During the 1983 campaign, the 177-pounder earned a spot at the NCAA Championships. By the end of the national tournament, Newman finished in eighth place to garner All-America status. That same year, Newman placed in the top five of both the state and conference tournaments. He was named All-SUNYAC for his second-place effort at the championship before taking fourth at the New York State Collegiate Championships.
In just two years at Oswego, Serron made his presence known. Serron still ranks No. 1 in both points and goals in a single-season for the Lakers. During his junior year, Serron recorded an astonishing 100 points, including 56 goals. Both remain the standard for Oswego men's lacrosse, but more impressively, less than 35 players have ever reached the 100-point plateau in the entirety of their careers. The two-time All-SUNYAC First Teamer was able to accomplish the feat in just one season and is one of just three players in program history to reach 100 points in a two-year career. His 188 career points is just 13 shy of the program record, set by fellow Hall of Famer and former teammate Ken Walker.
A 1991 graduate, Smith still holds spots in the top 10 of several women's basketball records. The most impressive of these is her 18.1 points per game average, which is most in any Laker career to this day. Smith also set the single-game record for points, posting a whopping 40 against Potsdam on February 14, 1989. That same night, she set the single-game record for free-throws made, cashing in 20-of-22 from the charity stripe. For her career, Smith's 3-pointers made (85), 3-point percentage (31.4) and free-throw percentage (73.4) all remain in the program's top 10 for each category. The effort she put forth during the 1988-89 and 1989-90 seasons led to SUNYAC coaches selecting Smith to the All-Conference First Team each year.
Verdoliva Carroll is another two-year standout, making her name on the women's soccer team. She is in the top 10 of two single-season records and two single-game marks. Verdoliva Carroll's three assists against Roberts Wesleyan College on Oct. 21, 1992 is tied for the most in a single game in program history. Her 16 goals in 1992 are the fourth-most in a season while her 38 points that same year are the fifth-most. Those stellar numbers during her senior year gave way to a myriad of accolades, including SUNYAC Western Division Most Valuable Player. Verdoliva Carroll was also named to the conference's first team and the New York State Women's College Athletic Association (NYSWCAA) All-State Team.
Wilson continues to be honored with his second-straight Hall of Fame induction in as many years. The former basketball standout was inducted into the Upstate New York Basketball Hall of Fame in 2017 for his contributions at several levels of the game. Of those was an impressive résumé during his time as a Laker. Wilson scored at ease and was a menace on the boards, averaging a double-double over his career (24.5 PPG and 16.5 RPG). His scoring average of 28.0 is still the single-season record at Oswego while his career scoring and rebounding averages are second in both categories. Wilson posted 39-point performances twice in his career while his 31 rebounds at Utica College on Jan. 30, 1968 remains the single-game program mark.
Congratulations to each of the inductees on their well-deserved place in the Oswego State Athletics Hall of Fame. For those interested in attending the banquet, registration will not be available until late summer or early fall, but that information will be posted at the following link: Oswego State Hall of Fame Banquet.