Wednesday, August 12, 2009

NCAC Alums in the News

** Allegheny grad Nathan Smith (2001) is one of the 10 amateur golfers who will comprise the 2009 USA Walker Cup Team, and is the only Div. III athlete selected to the team. The 42nd Walker Cup Match, which features the finest amateur golfers from the USA against those from Great Britain and Ireland, will be played Sept. 12-13 at the Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa.

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Smith was a four-time All-America and all-Region player for the Gators from 1998-2001. A three-time NCAC tournament medalist and a two-time regional player of the year, he helped Allegheny advance to the NCAA tournament all four years and was an individual national runner-up as a senior. He won the 2003 U.S. Mid-Amateur at 25 to become the youngest winner in the event's history and as a result, earned an invitation to the 2004 Masters Tournament. So far this season, Smith has won the Western Pennsylvania Amateur and the Pennsylvania Amateur Match Play.

** Millsaps hired Ohio Wesleyan alum Tracy Cepnio as the first head women's lacrosse coach in school history. A four-year letterwinner and two-year starter on defense for the Battling Bishops, she helped OWU claim the NCAC title and earn a bid to the NCAA Tournament in 2005. Cepnio joins Millsaps from Washington & Jefferson where she spent two seasons as the assistant women's lacrosse coach and also served as the assistant coach for the Presidents' field hockey team.

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