The 2003 Verizon Academic All-American College Division Men's At-Large Teams were named today (June 10) by CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America) and Verizon, and Marian College's own Luke Scharf (Byron, WI) has been chosen in the sport of golf as a member of the Third Team. Being picked for one of the national teams is one of the highest honors a Division III athlete can receive. Scharf led the Sabres to their third LMC golf championship in his four years this past fall with a school-record 76.6 scoring average en route to being named All-Conference for the second time. He graduated with a cumulative GPA of 3.91 in Sport & Recreation Management and Marketing. This honor tops his list of accomplishments this spring, including the Verizon All-District V Team, being named Marian's Male Student-Athlete-of-the-Year, and the school's Business Administration Division Marketing Student-of-the-Year. The fifteen-member at-large teams are made up of nominees from 350+ NCAA Division III schools that sponsor the 14 sports that do not have an individual Verizon team (including crew, gymnastics, skiing, volleyball, fencing, hockey, swimming, water polo, field hockey, lacrosse, tennis, wrestling, golf, and rifle).

Third Team (Alphabetical Order)
Nick Barnes - Coe College (Tennis/3.90 GPA/English & Spanish)
Dylan Bird - Emory (Tennis/3.73 GPA/Neur. & Behavioral Biology)
Nicolas Bousquet - Embry-Riddle (Tennis/4.00 GPA/Aerospace Engineering)
Peter DeWitt Gut - St. Andrews Pres. (Lacrosse/3.94 GPA/Int. Business)
Ivan Eskildsen - Bentley (Tennis/3.83 GPA/Finance & AIT)
Patrick Fell - Rensselaer (Swimming/4.00 GPA/Information Technology)
Borjan Gagoski - Rensselaer (Tennis/4.00 GPA/Computer Systems)
Sean Kenney - Assumption (Tennis/3.56 GPA/Economics & Marketing)
Scott Kofmehl - Juniata (Volleyball/3.84 GPA/Int. Political Economy)
Nemanja Kuzmanovic - Wash. & Jefferson (Water Polo/3.87 GPA/Business)
Brian Lalli - Stevens Tech (Lacrosse/3.91 GPA/Business)
Scott Miller - Olivet (Golf/3.93 GPA/Business Administration)
Brian Murphy - Redlands (Tennis/3.76 GPA/Financial Economics)
Jack Pennuto - Missouri-Rolla (Swimming/3.93 GPA/Mech. Engineering)
Luke Scharf - Marian (Golf/3.91 GPA/Sport & Rec. Mgt. and Marketing)

"I am extremely honored to make the team," said Scharf when he heard the news he was selected. "Being my senior year, I worked a little harder in and out of the classroom. I wanted to make this year the best one I have had and feel honored and fortunate to be selected."

Scharf is just the second Sabre to ever make a national Verizon team (Scott Jaeger was the first in 2001-2002), was the only Lake Michigan Conference athlete on any of the teams, and was also the only athlete from a Wisconsin college on any of the three squads.

“It truly is a great individual honor for one of Marian College's student-athletes,” stated Athletic Director Doug Hammonds. “Everyone involved with Marian athletics is very proud of him and his accomplishments on and off the playing field,” continued Hammonds. “It is nice to see Luke get recognized nationally for the hard work he has put into his years at Marian.”

The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) selects Verizon Academic All-America® teams in 12 programs: football, women’s volleyball, men's soccer, women's soccer, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, baseball, softball, men’s track & field/cross country, women’s track & field/cross country, men’s at-large and women’s at-large.

---Provided by Marian College Sports Information Department---

--June 10, 2003--