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 – community, classroom, character and competition. The complete list of candidates follows this release.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, 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 2012 candidate class includes five student-athletes with cumulative grade point averages of 3.5 or higher. Two candidates were United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association first-team All-Americans in 2011, 12 candidates are on teams ranked in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse preseason top 20, and five participated in last year’s semifinals and finals of the NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse Championship.
Lowe’s, an official Corporate Partner of the NCAA, will announce the Senior CLASS Award winner during the 2012 NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse Championship, which will be held May 26 and 28 in Boston.
The 20 candidates 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, Division I men’s coaches and fans who will select one finalist who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition.
For more information on all the candidates, visit www.seniorCLASSaward.com.
Name Position School
Matt Bell Midfielder Villanova
CJ Costabile Long-Stick Midfielder Duke
Joe Cummings Attacker Maryland
Bobby Dattilo Midfielder Hobart
Kip Dooley Midfielder Dartmouth
Aidan Genik Attacker Hartford
Andrew Gvozden Goalie Hofstra
Matt Kawamoto Defender Ohio State
Matthew Mackrides Attacker Penn State
Gregory Mahony Midfielder Yale
Kiel Matisz Midfielder Robert Morris
Tom Morr Goalie Siena
Bryan Neufeld Attacker Siena
Rob Pannell Attacker Cornell
Kevin Randall Defenseman Notre Dame
Patrick Rogers Midfielder Denver
Steele Stanwick Attacker Virginia
Justin Turri Midfielder Duke
Chad Wiedmaier Defenseman Princeton
Jake Ziegler Defenseman Jacksonville