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November 27, 2006
Lauren Aird HARARE, ZIMBABWE > Field Hockey Aird, a junior forward at UConn, set the record for goals in a Big East championship game, scoring three times to lead the Huskies to a 4--3 victory over Providence and their ninth conference title. She was the tournament's MVP and was named to the All--Big East first team.
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November 27, 2006

Faces In The Crowd

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Lauren Aird
HARARE, ZIMBABWE > Field Hockey
Aird, a junior forward at UConn, set the record for goals in a Big East championship game, scoring three times to lead the Huskies to a 4--3 victory over Providence and their ninth conference title. She was the tournament's MVP and was named to the All-- Big East first team.

Dan Dierking
WHEATON, ILL. > Football
Dan, a senior running back at Wheaton Warrenville South High, scored his 88th touchdown, the most in Wheaton since Red Grange finished with 75 in 1920. Dan also set a school record with 5,885 rushing yards. He ran for 2,200 yards with 32 TDs this season and was named the Chicago Sun-Times player of the year.

Andre Akpan
GRAND PRAIRIE, TEXAS > Soccer
Akpan, a freshman forward at Harvard, was named national rookie of the year by Top Drawer Soccer after starting all 19 games for the Crimson and setting a school record for freshmen with 34 points on 11 goals and 12 assists. He was Ivy League rookie of the week five times and scored game-winning goals against Yale and Princeton.

Kelsey Maffin
VAN METER, IOWA > Basketball
Maffin, a senior forward at North Dakota, led the Fighting Sioux to an 86--78 overtime win over Texas A&M--Commerce for the Group Energy Division title at Disney's Division II Women's Tip-Off Classic. She had 26 points and 11 rebounds in the final and was voted the division's most outstanding player.

Elizabeth Guess
ATHENS, GA. > Soccer
Guess, a senior forward at North Carolina, scored the winning goal in a 2--1 overtime victory against Florida State. The win gave the Tar Heels the Atlantic Coast Conference title. Guess, who was named to her third straight all-tournament team, also had the game-winner in the team's 3--0 semifinal win against Clemson.

Ben Palmer
Parkersburg, W.Va. > Golf
Ben, a senior at Parkersburg South High, shot 149 over two rounds on the Jones Course at Oglebay Resort in Wheeling, giving him a one-stroke victory and the individual title at the West Virginia Class AAA high school golf tournament. His win also helped the Patriots take the team title.

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