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Denver Lacrosse’ Patrick Rogers is one of 20 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award Candidates

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – University of Denver senior midfielder Patrick Rogers (Portland, Ore.) was one of 20 candidates selected for the 2012 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award, it was announced today by the committee. 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. Read More…

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – University of Denver senior midfielder Patrick Rogers (Portland, Ore.) was one of 20 candidates selected for the 2012 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award, it was announced today by the committee.

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.

Men’s Lacrosse Candidates
Matt Bell, Midfield, Villanova
CJ Costabile, Long Stick Midfield, Duke
Joe Cummings, Attack, Maryland
Bobby Dattilo, Midfield, Hobart
Kip Dooley, Midfield, Dartmouth
Aidan Genik, Attack, Hartford
Andrew Gvozden, Goalie, Hofstra
Matt Kawamoto, Defense, Ohio State
Matthew Mackrides, Attack, Penn State
Gregory Mahony, Midfield, Yale
Kiel Matisz, Midfield, Robert Morris
Tom Morr, Goalie, Siena
Bryan Neufeld, Attack, Siena
Rob Pannell, Attack, Cornell
Kevin Randall, Defense, Notre Dame
Patrick Rogers, Midfield, Denver
Steele Stanwick, Attack, Virginia
Justin Turri, Midfield, Duke
Chad Wiedmaier, Defense, Princeton
Jake Ziegler, Defense, Jacksonville

ABOUT THE AWARD
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award honors the attributes of senior student-athletes in four areas: community, classroom, 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 a senior season can bring. The award is sponsored by Lowe’s, an official Corporate Partner of the NCAA, and is managed by Premier Sports Management.

ABOUT LOWE’S
With fiscal year 2010 sales of $48.8 billion, Lowe’s Companies, Inc. is a FORTUNE® 50 company that serves approximately 15 million customers a week at more than 1,725 home improvement stores in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Founded in 1946 and based in Mooresville, N.C., Lowe’s is the second largest home improvement retailer in the world. Lowe’s is an official Corporate Partner of the NCAA.

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 NCAA.org and NCAA.com for more details about the Association, its goals and members and corporate partnerships that help support programs for student-athletes.

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