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At the conclusion of the 2014 Federation of International Lacrosse World Championship in Commerce City, Colo., former student-athletes from current Big Ten men's lacrosse programs earned a combined 12 medals for Canada and the United States. The medals included one gold for Canada and 11 silver for the United States.

In the championship game, Canada jumped out to a 3-1 lead at halftime. After falling behind 8-2, the United States three scored three unanswered goals, but Canada prevailed in an 8-5 decision, winning its third gold medal.

Former student-athletes from current Big Ten programs who earned medals are listed below:

Canada, gold medal

Jesse King, Ohio State

USA, silver medal
Michael Evans, Johns Hopkins
Tucker Durkin, Johns Hopkins
Kyle Harrison, Johns Hopkins
Paul Rabil, Johns Hopkins
Jesse Schwartzman, Johns Hopkins
Jesse Bernhardt, Maryland
Daniel Burns, Maryland
Lee Zink, Maryland
Kevin Buchanan, Ohio State
Drew Adams, Penn State
Greg Gurenlian, Penn State

In June 2013, the Big Ten announced the addition of men's and women's lacrosse as the conference's 27th and 28th sports, and that Johns Hopkins had been accepted as a sport affiliate member for men's lacrosse beginning with the 2014-15 academic year. Big Ten competition in both men's and women's lacrosse will feature Maryland, Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State and Rutgers, with Johns Hopkins participating in men's lacrosse and Northwestern competing in women's lacrosse.

The six programs that will comprise Big Ten men's lacrosse boast 56 national championships, with schools that have competed for more than a century.

US Lacrosse announced its 23-man roster that will compete in the Federation of International Lacrosse World Championship, July 10-19, in Commerce City, Colo. Of the 23 players selected, 11 hail from current Big Ten programs.

The tryouts, which lasted 11 months and included 98 players, was narrowed to 31 players who attended a training camp in Connecticut and Massachusetts and competed in the Major League Lacrosse All-Star Game at Harvard Stadium in Cambridge, Mass. Paul Rabil, a former standout at Johns Hopkins, returns from the 2010 FIL World Championship gold medal team, where he received most valuable player and All-World honors.

Former student-athletes from current Big Ten programs selected for the FIL World Championship team are listed below:

Midfield
Kevin Buchanan, Ohio State
Dan Burns, Maryland
Kyle Harrison, Johns Hopkins
Paul Rabil, Johns Hopkins

Defense
Jesse Bernhardt, Maryland
Tucker Durkin, Johns Hopkins
Michael Evans, Johns Hopkins
Lee Zink, Maryland

Goalie
Drew Adams, Penn State
Jesse Schwartzman, Johns Hopkins

Faceoff
Greg Gurenlian, Penn State

In June 2013, the Big Ten announced the addition of men's and women's lacrosse as the conference's 27th and 28th sports, and that Johns Hopkins had been accepted as a sport affiliate member for men's lacrosse beginning with the 2014-15 academic year. Big Ten competition in both men's and women's lacrosse will feature Maryland, Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State and Rutgers, with Johns Hopkins participating in men's lacrosse and Northwestern competing in women's lacrosse.

The six programs that will comprise Big Ten men's lacrosse boast 56 national championships, with schools that have competed for more than a century.

Four Big Ten Golfers Earn PING All-America Honors

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Four Big Ten men's golfers have earned PING All-America honors, the Golf Coaches Association of America announced Thursday. Big Ten honorees include Illinois' Brian Campbell, Charlie Danielson and Thomas Detry and Minnesota's Jose Mendez.

Second Team
Brian Campbell, Illinois

Honorable Mention
Charlie Danielson, Illinois
Thomas Detry, Illinois
Jose Mendez, Minnesota

Illinois Release

Minnesota Release

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Ohio State's Hession Tabbed National Coach of the Year

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Ohio State women's golf head coach Therese Hession is the 2014 Golfweek National Coach of the Year, the publication announced on Tuesday. It marks the second national award of Hession's career, earning the same recognition from the National Golf Coaches Association in 1997. Hession, in her 23rd season at the helm of the Buckeye program, led Ohio State to a share of seventh place at the NCAA Championships (third-highest NCAA finish in school history) with a trio of freshmen in the lineup. Ohio State's 1,158 stroke total for the NCAA Championships is the best 72-hole score ever posted by a Buckeye team. The team's overall season average of 296.64 strokes per round is also an all-time program mark.

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Ohio State Release

The Big Ten enjoyed a successful 2014 women's outdoor track & field season, highlighted by 16 top-eight finishes at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships and Penn State taking home the Big Ten Championship.

NCAA Round-Up: Big Ten student-athletes earned 16 top-eight finishes at the 2014 Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Ore., from June 11-14, en route to All-America honors. Michigan State's Leah O'Connor won the national title in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, while Indiana's Kelsie Ahbe placed second in the pole vault. In the team standings, Penn State posted a 12th-place finish. For full coverage of the NCAA Championships, click HERE.

All-America Accolades: Fifty-three women's outdoor track & field student-athletes earned USTFCCCA All-America status following their performance at the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Ore. For the full list of Big Ten honorees, click HERE.

Elite Honor: For the second year in a row, Nebraska's Anne Martin was tabbed the winner of the NCAA Elite 89 award, which is awarded to the student-athlete with the highest GPA at the NCAA Championships. For more on Martin's honor, click HERE.

Regional Recognition: Three schools collected regional awards from the USTFCCCA, it was announced on June 8. Student-athletes and coaches from Michigan, Nebraska and Penn State earned recognition in three different regions: Great Lakes, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest. Michigan's Erin Finn was tabbed Track Athlete of the Year in the Great Lakes Region. In the Mid-Atlantic Region, Penn State's Beth Alford-Sullivan was named Coach of the Year, while fellow Nittany Lion Randy Bungard collected Assistant Coach of the Year honors. In the Midwest Region, Nebraska's Carrie Lane also earned Assistant Coach of the Year laurels. For more on the USTFCCCA awards, click HERE.

And The Awards Go To: The Big Ten Conference announced the 2014 Big Ten women's outdoor track & field individual award winners on May 20th. Michigan's Erin Finn was named Big Ten Track Athlete of the Year, Track Athlete of the Championships and Freshman of the Year, while Purdue's Dani Bunch was tabbed Field Athlete of the Year and Athlete of the Championships. Penn State head coach Beth Alford-Sullivan was named Coach of the Year by her peers. Click HERE for more on the conference's end of the year awards.

We Are The Champions: The Penn State women's team won the 2014 Big Ten Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Sunday at Rankin Track & Field in West Lafayette, Ind. The Nittany Lions posted four individual crowns and one relay title to claim the championship. The championship marks Penn State's second consecutive and fifth in the last seven years. Penn State totaled 136 points en route to the championship on the strength of first-place finishes from Brittney Howell (heptathlon), Melissa Kurzdorfer (hammer throw), Mahagony Jones (200-meter dash), Kiah Seymour (400-meter hurdles) and the 4x400-meter relay team made up of Jones, Seymour, Dynasty McGee and Tichina Rhoades. For more on the Big Ten Championships, click HERE and HERE.

The Big Ten enjoyed a successful 2014 men's outdoor track & field season, highlighted by 15 top-eight finishes at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships and Wisconsin taking home the Big Ten Championship.

NCAA Round-Up: Big Ten student-athletes earned 15 top-eight finishes at the 2014 Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Ore., from June 11-14, en route to All-America honors. Nebraska's Miles Ukaoma won the national title in the 400-meter hurdles, while Minnesota's Wally Ellenson placed second in the high jump. In the team standings, Wisconsin tied for ninth place. For full coverage of the NCAA Championships, click HERE.

All-America Accolades: Sixty-three men's outdoor track & field student-athletes earned USTFCCCA All-America status following their performance at the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Ore. For the full list of Big Ten honorees, click HERE.

Elite Honor: For the second year in a row, Nebraska's John Welk was tabbed the winner of the NCAA Elite 89 award, which is awarded to the student-athlete with the highest GPA at the NCAA Championships. For more on Welk's honor, click HERE.

Regional Recognition: Four schools collected regional awards from the USTFCCCA, it was announced on June 8. Student-athletes and coaches from Illinois, Nebraska, Penn State and Purdue earned recognition in three different regions: Great Lakes, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest. Purdue's Raheem Mostert was tabbed Track Athlete of the Year, while Boilermaker head coach Lonnie Greene was named Coach of the Year in the Great Lakes Region. Illinois' Mike Turk also collected Coach of the Year honors, while Nebraska's Billy Maxwell and Penn State's Kevin Kelly earned Assistant Coach of the Year recognition. For more on the USTFCCCA awards, click HERE.

And The Awards Go To: The Big Ten Conference announced the 2014 Big Ten men's outdoor track & field individual award winners on May 20th. Wisconsin's Mohammed Ahmed was named Big Ten Track Athlete of the Year, while Purdue's Raheem Mostert claimed Track Athlete of the Championships honors. Penn State's Darrell Hill was tabbed Field Athlete of the Year and Athlete of the Championships and Minnesota's Trevor Yedoni earned Freshman of the Year laurels. Badger head coach Mick Byrne was named Coach of the Year by his peers. Click HERE for more on the conference's end of the year awards.

Big Ten Champion Badgers: Wisconsin claimed the 2014 Big Ten Outdoor Track & Field Championships on May 18th at Rankin Track & Field in West Lafayette, Ind. The Badgers posted three individual crowns en route to their second title in the last three years and 26th overall. Wisconsin totaled 121 points to claim the championship on the strength of first-place finishes from Mohammed Ahmed (5,000-meter run), Reed Connor (10,000-meter run) and Zach Ziemek (decathlon). Wisconsin claimed the top three spots in both the 5,000- and 10,000-meter runs, as Connor and Malachy Schrobilgen followed Ahmed in the 5,000-meters and Ahmed and VanVoorhis finished behind Connor in the 10,000-meters. For more on the Big Ten Championships, click HERE and HERE.

116 Student-Athletes Earn USTFCCCA All-America Status

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116 Big Ten student-athletes earned USTFCCCA All-American status following the conclusion of the NCAA Outdoor Championships this past weekend. Below is the complete list of conference honorees.

First Team
Men
Keith Brown, IOWA
James Harrington, IOWA
Tevin-Cee Mincy, IOWA
O'Shea Wilson, IOWA
Mason Ferlic, MICH
Wally Ellenson, MINN
Zach Siegmeier, MINN
John Simons, MINN
Jake Bender, NEB
Levi Gipson, NEB
Patrick Raedler, NEB
Cody Rush, NEB
Miles Ukaoma, NEB
Drew Wiseman, NEB
Chad Wright, NEB
Robert Cardina, PSU
Steve Waithe, PSU
Mohammed Ahmed, WIS
Michael Lihrman, WIS
Zach Ziemek, WIS

Women
Kelsie Ahbe, IND
Sydney Clute, IND
Zinnia Miller, IOWA
Erin Finn, MICH
Brook Handler, MICH
Leah O'Connor, MSU
Ellie Ewere, NEB
Maggie Malone, NEB
Jazmin McCoy, NEB
Ashlee Abraham, OSU
Aaliyah Barnes, OSU
Aliyah Everson, OSU
Chesna Sykes, OSU
Mahagony Jones, PSU
Laura Loht, PSU
Dynasty McGee, PSU
Tichina Rhodes, PSU
Kiah Seymour, PSU
Dani Bunch, PUR

Second Team
Men
Kenneth Allen, ILL
Joe McAsey, ILL
Stephon Pamilton, ILL
Brandon Stryganek, ILL
DJ Zahn, ILL
Rorey Hunter, IND
Babatunde Amosu, IOWA
Gabe Hull, IOWA
Derek Sievers, MICH
Kurt Schneider, MSU
Dominique Howard, MINN
Jon Lehman, MINN
Jodi-Rae Blackwood, NEB
Mate Koroknai, NEB
Tibor Koroknai, NEB
Dexter McKenzie, NEB
Tim Thompson, NEB
John Welk, NEB
Armand Austin, OSU
Lamar Bruton, OSU
Timothy Faust, OSU
Jordan Rispress, OSU
Javon Walker, OSU
Darrell Hill, PSU
Brannon Kidder, PSU
Brian Leap, PSU
Tyler Askew, PUR
Chukwuebuka Enekwechi, PUR
Eric Harris, PUR
Andrew Kendrick, PUR
Raheem Mostert, PUR
Alex Brill, WIS

Women
Jesica Ejesieme, ILL
Kyla Buckley, IND
Brittany Brown, IOWA
Elexis Guster, IOWA
Montayla Holder, IOWA
Lake Kwaza, IOWA
Aaron Howell, MICH
Cindy Ofili, MICH
Tori Franklin, MSU
Rachele Schulist, MSU
Devin Stanford, MINN
Veronica Grizzle, NEB
Annie Jackson, NEB
Anne Martin, NEB
Alexis Franklin, OSU
Evonne Britton, PSU
Brittney Howell, PSU
Melissa Kurzdorfer, PSU
Bre'Anna Smith, PUR
Georgia Ellenwood, WIS
Molly Hanson, WIS

Honorable Mention
Men
Cam Viney, ILL
Matthew Schwartzer, IND
Morsi Rayyan, MICH
Antonio James, MSU
Will Lohman, NEB
Sean Pille, NEB
Donovan Robertson, OSU
Matt Fischer, PSU
Caleb Fricke, PUR
Jake Waterman PUR
Danny Block, WIS

Women
Alex Leptich, MICH
Te'Shon Adderly, MINN
Megan Geyen, MINN
Titania Markland, MINN
Jessica Waldvogel, MINN
Mollie Gribbin, NEB
Carlie Pinkelman, NEB
Tierra Williams, NEB
Katie Borchers, OSU
Tori Gerlach, PSU
Aarin Jones, PUR
Taylor Morrison, PUR
Kari Shoolbraid, PUR

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Nebraska Duo Sweeps NCAA Elite 89 Award

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Nebraska senior Anne Martin and junior John Welk were honored by the NCAA at the Outdoor Championships on Friday with the NCAA Elite 89 Award. Both Martin and Welk earned the award for being the female and male athletes competing at the outdoor championships with the highest GPA. The honors marked a complete sweep of the prestigious award for Nebraska among the entire NCAA Championship field. It also the second year in a row the duo has claimed the honor.

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Current Big Ten Golfer Set to Compete in U.S. Open

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Illinois' Brian Campbell is set to compete in the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst. Campbell qualified for the U.S. Open by tying for fourth at the Daly City, California, sectional qualifier on June 2. He is coming off an impressive junior season in which he earned All-America honors - the first of his career - by tying for ninth at the 2014 NCAA Championships, including a final-round 63 that tied the course record at Prairie Dunes (at the configuration used for the NCAA Championships). He also was named the 2014 Big Ten Player of the Year and broke Luke Guthrie's single-season stroke average record with a 71.08 mark.

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Illinois release

Big Ten Softball in the Polls

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In the final polls of the 2014 season, three Big Ten teams appeared among the top 25 of the NFCA Coaches poll, while four conference squads received top 25 nods in the USA Softball ballot. In the coaches' poll, Michigan checked in at No. 10, followed by No. 15 Minnesota and No. 16 Nebraska. Northwestern and Wisconsin also received votes. In the USA Softball ballot, Michigan led the way at No. 10, followed by No. 14 Minnesota, No. 17 Nebraska and No. 24 Wisconsin. Northwestern also received votes.

The Wolverines finished the season with a 47-15 record, won their seventh consecutive Big Ten title and qualified for the NCAA Tournament for the 20th consecutive season. The Golden Gophers advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the ninth time in program history and finished the season with a 44-12 mark. The Cornhuskers earned a share of the Big Ten title, posted the seventh 40-win regular season in school history and won an NCAA Regional title for the eighth time in program history. The Badgers finished the season with 36 wins, just the second-highest total in school history, and won a pair of NCAA Tournament games for just the second time. The Wildcats concluded their season with a 35-18 overall record after advancing to their sixth NCAA Regional championship game in the last 10 years.