ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-Americans

Kurpis becomes just the second men's lacrosse player at Gettysburg to earn Academic All-America honors, and he is the 13th Academic All-American in school history.

A standout defenseman, Kurpis earned his award with hard-earned numbers in the classroom and on the lacrosse field. A double major in economics and mathematics, he carries 4.04 cumulative grade-point average, second-best among all members of the entire Men's College Division At-Large Team. Kurpis was a leading force on defense for the Bullets this spring, starting all 20 contests and ranking among the team leaders with 42 ground balls and 24 caused turnovers. He was tabbed honorable mention All-America by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) and earned first-team All-Centennial Conference honors this season. Kurpis and his teammates won the Centennial Conference title and finished as the national runner-up after falling to Cortland State 9-7 in the NCAA Division III championship game.

Gettysburg's first Academic All-America selection of 2008-09, Kurpis joins Chase Stewart '06 as the only Bullet men's lacrosse players to capture the honor. Stewart was a First Team Academic All-American in 2006 and a second-team honoree in 2005.

To be nominated for Academic All-America honors, a student-athlete must carry at least a 3.30 GPA, be of sophomore or higher standing, and be a starter or prominent reserve. The men's at-large program includes individuals from such sports as fencing, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming, tennis, volleyball, water polo, and wrestling.

The Bullets finished the season 16-4 (7-1 CC) and tied the school record for consecutive victories with their 14-game winning streak. Gettysburg closed out the year with a No. 5 national ranking.

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Two additional players earning third-team honors in the College Division were Steve DuFlo from Geneseo (a 3.90 Business Administration major from Jamesville, NY) and Ryan Story from the College of Wooster (a 4.00 Biochemistry & Molecular Bology major from Pittsburgh, PA).

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2009-06-09



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