Middlebury

Brakeley Is A Finalist For National Scholarship

May 20, 2004

5/20/04 - Rebecca Brakeley (Middlebury, Vt.) of Middlebury College, Gail Decker of James Madison University and Theresa Sherry of Princeton University have been named finalists for the inaugural Diane Geppi-Aikens Scholarship awarded by CSTV: College Sports Television to the senior women's college lacrosse player who has excelled on and off the field.  The winner will be announced at the Tewaaraton Trophy Awards Dinner Thursday, June 3 at the National Geographic Society in Washington, D.C.  College Sports TV will televise the ceremony Thursday, July 1, at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.

The $5,000 scholarship honors the student-athlete who has displayed the same extraordinary leadership, character and perseverance exhibited by Geppi-Aikens, the Hall of Fame coach of the Loyola (Md.) women's lacrosse team who passed away last summer from brain cancer just weeks after leading the Greyhounds to the NCAA Final Four.

"Diane Geppi-Aikens displayed a tremendous amount of grace, dignity and courage in leading her Loyola teams to success on the field while battling cancer and raising a family off it," said Brian Bedol, president and CEO, CSTV.  "We were privileged to have followed Coach and her team in its drive for a national championship last season. She was an inspiration to all who met her, and we feel that this scholarship is the most fitting way of honoring her memory."

The 2004 Diane Geppi-Aikens Scholarship Finalists

Rebecca Brakeley, Senior, Defender, Middlebury: MVP of the Division III national championship game as the undefeated Panthers captured its fifth national title.carries a 3.7 grade point average as a neuroscience major and has been awarded an NCAA postgraduate scholarship.plans to attend medical school.captain of Middlebury's women's lacrosse and field hockey teams.led the field hockey team to the 2003 NCAA national championship game.an artist whose sketches of the Middlebury Panther mascot grace school stationary.

Gail Decker, Senior, Midfielder, James Madison: 2004 Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Year.broke several school records, including career goals (201), points (267), starts (75) and game-winning goals (11).led the nation in points per game and goals per game this season.a team captain and four-year starter.named All-Conference the past three seasons.carries a 3.5 grade point average as a speech communications major, with a minor in human resource development.led JMU to the NCAA quarterfinals this month.

Theresa Sherry, Senior, Attack/Midfielder, Princeton: two-time first-team All-American and the 2004 Ivy League Player of the Year.will finish her career among the Top 5 in Princeton history in both goals and points.a team captain.scored game-winning goal in overtime in last year's NCAA Championship game.anthropology major.also a starter on the Princeton women's soccer team which has advanced to the NCAAs in each of her four years.has sung the national anthem before all of Princeton's regular season home soccer and lacrosse games.