Aug. 26, 2009

August 26, 2009 (Overland Park, KS) - Sixty NCAA® men's and women's soccer student-athletes who excel both on and off the field were tabbed as candidates today for the 2009 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award in the two soccer divisions. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - classroom, character, community and competition. The complete list of candidates follows this release.

An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in SchoolTM, the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.  

The 2009 candidate class of 60 includes 10 student-athletes who were named Scholar All-Americans by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America in 2008. Four of the 60 have maintained a cumulative grade point average of 4.00. Twenty-one candidates represent teams ranked in the preseason top 25 men's and women's polls. And 13 of the 60 candidates are on the preseason watch list for the Hermann Trophy, awarded annually by the Missouri Athletic Club to the top male and female Division I soccer players in the country at the end of the season. Lowe's, an official Corporate Partner of the NCAA, will announce the Senior CLASS Award winners during the 2009 NCAA Men's and Women's College Cup championships in early December.

Each of the 30 candidate classes will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, and those 10 names will be placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans, who will select one male candidate and one female candidate who best exemplify excellence in the four Cs of classroom, character, community and competition.  

"Lowe's is proud to be associated with the nominees for the Senior CLASS Award in soccer," said Bob Gfeller, Lowe's senior vice president of marketing and advertising. "Each of the student-athletes has shown tremendous commitment to their studies during their college careers. They have also demonstrated great character and a passion for community service."

This marks the third year for the men's and women's soccer division of the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, and more than 175 student-athletes were nominated this year. Wake Forest University midfielder Sam Cronin received the men's award for the 2008 season, while Kerri Hanks from the University of Notre Dame won the women's award. In 2007, United State Naval Academy goalkeeper Evan Barnes took home the inaugural men's soccer award and Stephanie Lopez from the University of Portland received the women's award.


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ABOUT THE AWARD
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in SchoolTM, the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award honors the attributes of senior student-athletes in four areas: classroom, community, character and competition.  The award program is designed exclusively for college seniors who are utilizing their complete athletic eligibility, remaining committed to their university and pursuing the many rewards that a senior season can bring. Sportscaster Dick Enberg, Honorary Chairman of the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, first conceived the idea of an award for seniors in 2001 in response to the growing trend of men's basketball players leaving school early for the NBA. The award program has expanded the past two years to include a total of nine NCAA® Division I sports - football, men's and women's soccer, men's ice hockey, men's lacrosse, baseball and softball in addition to men's and women's basketball. The award is sponsored by Lowe's, an official Corporate Partner of the NCAA®, and managed by Premier Sports Management.  For more information, visit www.seniorclassaward.com.


ABOUT LOWE'S
With fiscal year 2008 sales of $48.2 billion, Lowe's Companies, Inc. is a FORTUNE® 50 company that serves approximately 14 million customers a week at more than 1,675 home improvement stores in the United States and Canada. Founded in 1946 and based in Mooresville, N.C., Lowe's is the second-largest home improvement retailer in the world. For more information, visit Lowes.com.


ABOUT THE NCAA
The NCAA is a membership-led nonprofit association of colleges and universities committed to supporting academic and athletics opportunities for more than 400,000 student-athletes at more than 1,000 member colleges and universities. Each year, more than 54,000 student-athletes compete in NCAA championships in Divisions I, II and III sports. Visit www.NCAA.org and www.NCAA.com for more details about the Association.


 

2009 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award

Men's Soccer Candidates

Name

Position

School

Francisco Aristeguieta

Midfielder

University of South Florida

Mark Blades

Defender

Northwestern University

Zak Boggs

Forward

University of South Florida

Ronnie Bouemboue

Forward

North Carolina State University

Nick Cukar

Midfielder

San Jose State University

Malcolm DeBaun

Defender

Loyola University (Illinois)

Richard Edgar

Midfielder

George Mason University

Joel Gustafsson

Defender

St. John's University

Rylan Hawkins

Goalkeeper

University of Washington

Craig Henderson

Midfielder

Dartmouth College

Steven Kinney

Defender

Elon University

Kyle Knotek

Defender

Northern Illinois University

Andrew Kydes

Midfielder

United States Military Academy

Tennant McVea

Defender

Loyola College (Maryland)

Devin Muntz

Midfielder

Princeton University

Benjamin Murray

Midfielder

University of Dayton

J.T. Noone

Midfielder

Temple University

Patrick Sampson

Goalkeeper

Loyola Marymount University

Ofori Sarkodie

Defender

Indiana University

Zack Schilawski

Forward

Wake Forest University

Chris Schuler

Defender

Creighton University

Assaf Sheleg

Defender

Saint Peter's College

Austin Skakle

Defender

Campbell University

Dean Sorrell

Defender

UAB

Toni Stahl

Midfielder

University of Connecticut

Michael Thomas

Midfielder

University of Notre Dame

Alexander Torda

Forward

University of Dayton

Eric Weigman

Forward

IUPUI

Jason Yeisley

Forward

Pennsylvania State University

Ben Zemanski

Midfielder

University of Akron

 


 

 

2009 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award

Women's Soccer Candidates

 

Name

Position

School

Hailey Beam

Midfielder

University of North Carolina - Charlotte

Elizabeth Betterbed

Midfielder/Defender

United States Military Academy

Kelsey Davis

Goalkeeper

University of Portland

Becky Edwards

Defender/Midfielder

Florida State University

Kristi Eveland

Defender

University of North Carolina

Kim Feeney

Defender

Loyola Marymount University

Theresa Ferraina

Forward

Loyola University (Maryland)

Rachel Friedman

Defender

Western Kentucky University

KayAnne Gummersall

Forward

Duke University

Erin Guthrie

Goalkeeper

Rutgers University

Lauren Hyde

Defender

University of Florida

Kim Kemper

Forward

Sacramento State University

Kasey Langdon

Forward

Oklahoma State University

Lauren Lopez

Defender

University of North Carolina - Greensboro

Nikki Marshall

Forward

University of Colorado

Blakely Mattern

Defender

University of South Carolina

Katrina McCrory

Midfielder

IUPUI

Courtney McMahon

Midfielder

Manhattan College

Sophia Merrifield

Defender

Yale University

Katie Miller

Defender/Midfielder

Marquette University

Angie Muir

Midfielder

Butler University

Lizzy Nichols

Defender

Harvard University

Kelley O'Hara

Forward

Stanford University

Emily Peterson

Defender

Texas A&M University

Sophie Reiser

Forward/Midfielder

Columbia University

Ali Riley

Defender

Stanford University

Myra Sack

Midfielder

Dartmouth College

Katie Schoepfer

Forward

Pennsylvania State University

Lindsey Smart

Midfielder

Utah State University

Amanda Waugh

Forward

Central Michigan University