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Senior Student-Athletes Honored

May 6, 2002

EASTON, Pa. ( - Four outstanding student-athletes were honored at Lafayette's Senior Athletic Awards Banquet Monday evening at the College's Farinon Center. The athletic department's two major endowed awards -- the Class of 1913 Trophy and the Charles L. Albert '08 Award -- were presented to the top male and female student-athlete in each category.

The Charles L. Albert '08 Award is presented annually to the top male and female athlete in the senior class. This year's recipients were Stephanie Tinney of the NCAA Tournament-bound women's lacrosse team and Brian Burke, who helped Lafayette advance to two NCAA Tournaments during his career on the men's basketball team.

A two-time Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year honoree and 2001 Patriot League Tournament MVP, Tinney has helped lead the Leopards' women's lacrosse team to three straight conference titles and a combined league record of 20-1. She has led the team in ground balls the last three seasons and has captained this team to the Patriot League's first-ever automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Tinney and her teammates will take on top-seeded Georgetown this Thursday at 4 p.m. in the opening round of the national championship tournament.

Also a team captain this past season, Burke was a first-team All-Patriot League selection who helped guide the Leopards to a third-place finish after being picked seventh in the preseason poll. The team leader in scoring and assists, he finished his career with 983 points. He is Lafayette's career leader in free throw percentage and set the school mark for points at Kirby Sports Center with 43 in a narrow victory over Lehigh this past season. He earned the 2001 ECAC Award of Valor and was selected as the "Joe College Comeback Player of the Week" by Sports Illustrated after missing 13 games his junior season with a punctured lung and returning to score 23 points in 15 minutes of action vs. Navy in his first game back.

The Class of 1913 Trophy is presented annually to the male and female senior who is the top scholar and athlete. This year's recipients were Lauren McHale of the women's track and field team and Stewart Kupfer of the football program.

A Dean's List scholar every semester at Lafayette, McHale is an English major with a 3.71 grade point average. She earned the Maroon Club Scholar-Athlete Award this past fall semester and was named to the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society this spring. A member of the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll each semester at Lafayette, McHale captured the Patriot League title in the 1,500 meters at both the 2001 and 2002 outdoor conference championships. An ECAC qualifier in three different events, she is the school record holder in the 1,000 meters.

A national Academic All-American this year, Kupfer leaves Lafayette as the school's career leader for the tight end position in receptions (81), receiving yards (951) and touchdowns (9). A three-time district Academic All-American, Kupfer was one of just 16 Division I-AA players and the only Patriot League student-athlete to earn a spot on the national team this year. He is the 2001 Patriot League Football Scholar-Athlete and the recipient of the 2001-02 National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame's Lehigh Valley Chapter Scholar-Athlete Award. A Business and Economics major with a 3.36 grade point average, Kupfer earned All-Patriot League honors this past season.