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District college notes: PAC forms new lacrosse conference

| Tuesday, June 17, 2014, 9:48 p.m.

The Presidents' Athletic Conference and the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference have aligned to create the single-sport Ohio River Lacrosse Conferences (ORLC & ORWLC), which both will kick off league schedules during the spring of 2015.

St. Vincent will be one of five PAC schools competing in the new alliance, including Washington & Jefferson, Waynesburg, Bethany and Thomas More.

During its April 2014 meeting, the NCAA Division III Management Council, along with the Division III Presidents Council, considered and approved the Division III Membership Committee's recommendation to accept both ORLCs as active Division III single-sport member conferences, effective Sept. 1.

Five HCAC member schools and five PAC member schools will compete in the women's conference, while four HCAC member schools and three PAC member schools will compete in the men's league.

Both the women and men will complete a full round-robin schedule with championship tournaments to follow each regular season.

The women's conference will consist of Defiance, Franklin, Hanover, College of Mount St. Joseph, St. Vincent, Thiel, Thomas More, Transylvania, Washington & Jefferson and Waynesburg.

The men's conference includes Bethany, Defiance, Hanover, College of Mount St. Joseph, St. Vincent, Thiel and Transylvania.

Green, Elam compete in NCAAs

Two Latrobe High School graduates, Virginia Tech freshman Hanna Green and Eastern Michigan sophomore Jeff Elam, competed in the NCAA Division I Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Ore. last week.

Green, a 2013 graduate, completed in the 800-meter run, ended up 13th in the semifinals and was unable to qualify for the finals, finishing in 2 minutes, 5.45 seconds.

Elam, a 2012 graduate, was part of the 1,600-meter relay team.

The team finished sixth in its heat with its third best time of the season, 3:06.64.

Campbell receives academic honors

Capital University senior Nate Campbell, a Latrobe graduate, ended his college career by earning a spot on the Capital One NCAA Division III Academic All-America third team, baseball's fifth-ever Academic All-American and first since 1984.

He also was named Academic All-Ohio Athletic Conference and Capital One NCAA Division III Academic All-District VII as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). He also was recipient of the university's Faculty Leadership Award for the Outstanding Senior Man for his leadership and academic achievement.

He ranked fifth in the nation in walks per game (0.91) and 24th in total walks (31), finished among the top 10 in the OAC in both walks (31) and stolen bases (12), and was one of two players to start all 34 of the team's games.

Campbell hit .301 (37 of 123), second on the team, and tied a team-high with 25 runs scored, a team-best three triples and 10 RBIs.

Paul Schofield is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at pschofield@tribweb.com or via Twitter @Schofield_Trib.

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