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January 23, 2009
Vol. 50 No. 12

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Three honored by conference

Three Susquehanna athletes earned the distinction of Landmark Conference fall Senior Scholar Athlete, two more than any other institution, on Dec. 18.

Defender senior Isaac Laubach from the men's soccer team, senior J.J. Brooks from the men's cross country team and senior Laura Gausmann from the women's cross country team were recognized for their outstanding academic and athletic achievements over the course of their collegiate careers.

Laubach boasts a 3.82 GPA as a finance major. He has been honored as a National Soccer Coaches Association of America/adidas College Scholar All-College Division East Region first-team member in 2007 and 2008 and an NSCAA/adidas Scholar All-American last year. He has also been on the NSCAA/adidas all-Mid-Atlantic Region team for the past two years based on his athletic performance.

Brooks is an accounting major with a 3.94 gpa and a laundry list of diverse accomplishments. He was the second-best finisher for the 2008 Landmark men's cross country champions and third-best finisher for the 2007 champions, earning all-conference honors both times, including first-team accolades this year. He was on the 2008 all-Landmark indoor track & field team as well and has appeared on four Landmark all-academic teams.

Gausmann has earned an impressive 3.97 gpa as a political science major. She was a co-captain and the third-best finisher for the 2008 Landmark women's cross country champions, helping her team earn its first-ever conference championship. She was an all-Landmark cross country performer both this year and in 2007.

Crusaders excel with attendance

Susquehanna football finished 33rd in NCAA Division III in average attendance per home game in 2008. More than 230 schools sponsor football in that division.
A total of 13,496 fans over five dates came to Lopardo Stadium to watch Susquehanna football this year. That works out to an average of 2,699.2 fans per game.

"The athletics department is very proud of this accomplishment," said Susquehanna's director of athletics Pam Samuelson. "That's a very high national ranking in a very large field of institutions. Along with the football team's on-field improvement this past season, it's something else for that team and our department to hang its hat on."

This week at Susquehanna:

Men's basketball: Sat. vs. Catholic (Hall of Fame Night), 7:30 p.m., Sun. vs. Goucher, 4 p.m.

Women's basketball: Sat. vs. Catholic, 5:30 p.m., Sun. vs. Goucher, 2 p.m.

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