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FINKELSTEIN RECEIVES NCAA
POSTGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP
Six Honored in Baseball, Men’s Lacrosse
The Muhlenberg baseball and men’s lacrosse teams each placed three athletes on the All-Centennial Conference squad.

BASEBALL
Junior Pete Oris made the All-CC second team, while senior Matt Tobia and freshman Eric Hammond received honorable mention.

Oris, honored as a designated hitter, led the Mules with a .429 batting average, five home runs and a school-record 41 RBI. Through games of May 1, he led the CC in RBI and was second in in batting average and slugging percentage (.706) and third in on-base percentage (.519).

Tobia, also chosen as a designated hitter, hit .333 and ranked third in the CC with 37 RBI and fourth with 37 runs scored. Hammond, an outfielder and the only freshman to earn All-CC honors, was fifth in the CC in batting average (.417) and scored 34 runs.

MEN’S LACROSSE
A trio of Mules – junior defenseman Steven Toto, sophomore midfielder Kyle Farris and sophomore attackman Mickey Norton – earned All-Centennial Conference honorable mention.

Toto led Muhlenberg with 43 ground balls and picked up the on-field leadership of the defense when the Mules’ captain missed three games with an injury. Farris led Muhlenberg in scoring with 28 goals and 33 points, while Norton had 16 goals and a team-best 14 assists.

Senior Jason Finkelstein of the Muhlenberg track and field team has been awarded an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.

The NCAA annually awards 174 postgraduate scholarships of $7,500 each. Finkelstein won one of 29 given to male athletes in all three divisions Jason Finkelstein who participated in winter sports, which include basketball, fencing, gymnastics, ice hockey, rifle, skiing, swimming and diving, indoor track and field and wrestling.

To qualify for an NCAA postgraduate scholarship, a student-athlete must have an overall grade-point average of 3.200 (on a 4.000 scale) or its equivalent and must have performed with distinction as a member of the varsity team in the sport in which the student-athlete was nominated. The student-athlete must have behaved, both on and off the field, in a manner that has brought credit to the student-athlete, the institution and intercollegiate athletics. The student-athlete also must intend to continue academic work beyond the baccalaureate degree as a full-time or part-time graduate student.

Finkelstein, a political science major and double minor in economics and history, plans to attend law school. A six-time member of the Centennial Conference Academic Honor Roll, he was named to the Academic All-District II first team last year and won the George H. Hambrecht Law School Award at Muhlenberg's Honors Convocation in late April.

Finkelstein won two gold medals at the Centennial Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships in 2006, in the 4x400- and 4x800-meter relays. In his first three years, he earned three bronze medals as a relay team member at CC championship meets. He also ran on the distance medley relay squad that placed fifth at the 2005 ECAC Championships.

Finkelstein is the 10th NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship recipient in Muhlenberg history. The most recent was soccer player David Vassilaros in 2003.


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Last updated May 4, 2006