Ricky was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2000. His citation appears below:
Ricky came to Washington College as a transfer student in 1983. The awards and recognition that he has received since that time indicate that the move was mutually beneficial for both college and player. Coach Terry Corcoran moved Ricky to midfield, and during the 1984 season Ricky scored 23 goals with 8 assists. In the 1985 season he scored 45 goals with 14 assists. During those years the Sho’men’s record was 24 wins and only 8 losses. Washington recorded its first victory over Navy in Annapolis and defeated Hobart during the regular season 8 - 7 in overtime with Sowell scoring the winning goal. In both seasons Washington College unfortunately lost to Hobart in the NCAA Division III Lacrosse Championship Games.
Ricky served as co-captain as a senior and was selected to play in the annual North/South All-Star Game. He was also named to the first team NCAA Division III All-American Team and named the Most Outstanding Midfielder in NCAA Division III Lacrosse by the U.S. Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association in 1985. He was a recipient of the Dr. Charles B. Clark Team MVP Award and the Washington College Athletic Council Award.
Since graduation, Ricky has continued his love of lacrosse as a player at both the club and professional level. He was a candidate for the U.S. Lacrosse Team, was selected to the All-Lacrosse Club All-Star Team and was a member of the champion Maryland Lacrosse Club. Ricky played professionally from 1987 to 1993 for Baltimore Thunder where he was captain from 1990 - 1993 and was selected to the All-Professional Team in 1990, 1991 and 1992.
In 1987, Ricky became the head lacrosse coach and assistant football coach at St. Alban’s School in Washington, D.C. In 1990 he moved to Georgetown University as an assistant lacrosse coach, and in 1999 was hired as head lacrosse coach at Dartmouth College.
Washington College is proud and honored to induct Ricky Sowell into its Athletic Hall of Fame on this 21st day of October, 2000.