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Maroon Club Announces Scholar-Athletes of the Year

Oct. 26, 2006

EASTON, Pa. ( - Lafayette's Maroon Club members announced the recognition of three outstanding student-athletes to be honored as the 2006 Scholar-Athletes of the Year at the organization's Hall of Fame dinner, which is set for Friday, Nov. 17 at the College's Marquis Hall. Football's Brad Maurer and baseball's James Conrad will share the male honor, while the Maroon Club selected swimmer Liz Helwig as the female recipient.

For tickets to the event, which is set to begin at 6 p.m., please contact Maroon Club Executive Director Scott Morse at (610) 330-5122. Jim Van Der Beek '72 (baseball), Phillip Ng '88 (football), Pat Fisher (women's basketball and softball coach) and Dick Hammer (radio play-by-play announcer) make up the 2006 Hall of Fame induction class.

A Neuroscience major and Spanish minor, Maurer boasts a 3.55 cumulative grade-point average (GPA) through six semesters on College Hill. The senior Marquis Scholar garnered ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District II honors in 2004 and 2005, while also being named to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll as a junior. He has completed EXCEL research in the realm of Latin American music in addition to studying the mating patterns of zebra finches. Maurer has been named a semifinalist for the Draddy Trophy, which

Senior outfielder James Conrad was selected as the co-recipient for the Maroon Club Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

is widely known as the "Academic Heisman." The award recognizes an individual as the absolute best in the country for his combined academic success, football performance and exemplary community leadership.

A Loveland, Ohio native, Maurer has been the Leopards' signal caller for the last three seasons, which have included consecutive Patriot League Championships and trips to the NCAA I-AA Playoffs in 2004 and 2005. The captain owns over 4,000 yards passing and 1,000 yards rushing, while ranking in the Lafayette top 10 in three categories.

Conrad has made his mark in both the classroom, where he boasts a 3.52 cumulative GPA, and on the baseball diamond as a three-year starter for head coach Joe Kinney's club. A Marquis Scholar, Conrad reeled in ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District II honors last season, while also being mentioned on the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll for the third straight year. Majoring in Mathematics, Conrad was inducted into Sigma Pi Epsilon Math Society in 2006.

Lafayette's leadoff hitter over the last three seasons, Conrad owns a career batting average of .347 and is on pace to finish his career as Lafayette's all-time leader in stolen bases. The Patriot League honored the Columbia, Md. native for the second straight season, as Conrad earned second team all-league honors as an outfielder in 2006. He was named to the All-Patriot League First Team as a designated hitter in 2005. Conrad is expected to return to centerfield for the 2007 season, where he boasts a .990 career fielding percentage.

Senior swimmer Liz Helwig plans to attend dental school following graduation in May.

Helwig has spent time in London and the United States contributing to her 3.63 GPA. The senior swimmer scored in the 96th percentile on the American Dental Association exam during the summer and plans on attending dental school after graduating in May. Helwig has been named a College Swimming Coaches Athletic Association Academic All-American for six straight semesters, while also making the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll following all three winter seasons thus far.

Helwig holds three individual school records (100 butterfly, 200 freestyle, 200 individual medley) and is a part of four relay records. The Basking Ridge, N.J. native collected All-Patriot League First Team laurels in two of her three seasons and was the team's MVP in 2004 and 2005. Heading into the 2006-07 season, Helwig is currently 1.5 seconds off the NCAA Division I provisional qualifying standard.