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TAPKAS NAMED TO REGION FIRST TEAM
Schmidt, Loesch Earn Academic Honors
Two Muhlenberg athletes – rising senior wrestler Matt Loesch and recently graduated tennis player Amy Schmidt – have been named to the ESPN The Magazine All-District II College Division At-Large second team. Both honorees are two-time All-Americans.

District II College Division consists of all NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III and NAIA colleges and universities in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. To be nominated for the at-large team, a student-athlete must be at least a sophomore with a 3.2 cumulative grade-point average and a starter or significant reserve on his or her team in the sport of bowling, crew, fencing, field hockey, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, rifle, skiing, swimming, tennis, water polo or wrestling.

Amy SchmidtSchmidt, who reached the semifinals of the NCAA Singles Tournament before falling to the eventual national champion earlier this week, earned Academic All-District honors for the third time in her career. A double major in biology and Spanish, she made the at-large second team last year and the women’s soccer first team in the fall of 2005. The two-time Centennial Conference player of the year was 16-1 in singles play this year and 65-7 for her career.

Matt LoeschA double major in psychology and business administration, Loesch placed in the top six in Division III at 197 pounds each of the last two years. He had a record of 18-5 in 2005-06 and will enter his senior season with a career mark of 73-15.

Courtney Tapkas of the Muhlenberg women’s lacrosse team has been named to the Boardwalk Region all-regional first team by the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association.

Tapkas, who earned second-team honors in the Metro Region last year, is Courtney Tapkas now eligible for the IWLCA/US Lacrosse All-American teams, which will be announced on May 30. She is Muhlenberg’s first first-team all-region selection in women’s lacrosse since 1993.

Tapkas scored 51 goals in 2006 to end her career second on the Centennial Conference all-time list with 218 goals. She also finished 10th on the CC points list with 262 for her career.

A two-time selection to the All-CC first team, Tapkas holds the school records for points in a career and season (84), goals in a career, season (73) and game (nine) and hat tricks in a career (37) and season (12). She also helped the team set numerous school records, including most wins in a season (10) in 2006.


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Last updated May 26, 2006