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Kenyon’s Sack (Lower Merion) is recipient of NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship

Sunday, 14th July 2013

Categories College, Girl's/Women's, Posted 7/14/13
From Press Releases

The women’s lacrosse season ended weeks ago, but honors and awards keep pouring in for recent Kenyon graduate Leah Sack (Lower Merion).

Leah Sack

Leah Sack

Earlier this week Sack was named a First Team Jewish All-American by the Jewish Sports Review and recently the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) announced that Sack became the College’s latest recipient of an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.

Across all three of its divisions, the NCAA awards up to 174 postgraduate scholarships annually, 87 for men and 87 for women. The scholarships are awarded to student-athletes who excel academically and athletically and who are in their final year of intercollegiate athletics. Each scholarship winner receives a one-time, nonrenewable grant of $7,500.

Sack was one of just 29 NCAA female scholarship winners who participated in spring sports. She was the fourth Kenyon College student-athlete to earn a postgraduate award this academic season and was the first-ever Ladies lacrosse player to do so.

On the field, Sack put together a record-setting season. While guiding the Ladies a 13-3 mark and the program’s first-ever North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) Championship, Sack rang up new Kenyon standards for assists in a game (9), assists in a season (75), assists in a career (176), and points in a career (267). All three of her assist marks were NCAC records, as well.

Her on-field accomplishments were followed by a parade of accolades. Sack was named to the All-NCAC first team and was voted the NCAC Player of the Year. She was tabbed team MVP and the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) named her an All-Region first team honoree and a North-South All-Star.

Off the field, Sack excelled in her studies, too. She graduated with a degree in psychology and a 3.65 grade point average. Her name appeared on Kenyon’s Merit List four straight years and she was a member of Sigma Xi and Psi Chi, both honor societies in psychology. Additionally, Sack was selected to the Capital One Academic All-District VII At-Large Team and a few weeks later became the first woman in Ladies’ lacrosse history to be named to the Capital One Academic All-America At-Large Team.

Also, Sack was also selected as the lone recipient of the NCAC’s Pam Smith Award, which annually recognizes senior student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in the areas of academic achievement, athletic excellence, service, and leadership. As the winner of the NCAC’s Pam Smith Award, Sack will be moved forward as the conference’s nominee for the NCAA Woman of the Year award, one of the most prestigious honors the NCAA bestows.

With four NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship winners this academic year, Kenyon now boasts a total of 62 winners since the NCAA initiated the program in 1964. That total ranks second-best among all NCAA Division III institutions.



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