Pac-10 Soccer: Vote For Lowe's Senior CLASS Award
Oct. 26, 2007
The men's finalists are: Evan Barnes (U.S. Naval Academy), Kevin Forrest (Washington), Trini Gomez (Loyola Marymount), Julius James (Connecticut), Tim Jepson (Duke), Stephen King (Maryland), Peter Lowry (Santa Clara), Brad Peetoom (Syracuse), Julian Valentine (Wake Forest) and Mike Zaher (UCLA).
The women's finalists are: Rachel Buehler (Stanford), Kelsey Carpenter (Texas), Joanna Haig (Louisville), Valerie Henderson (UCLA), Courtney Hooker (California), Stephanie Lopez (Portland), Ella Masar (Illinois), Jessica Maxwell (North Carolina), Lindsey Ozimek (Charlotte), Angie Woznuk (Portland).
These finalists will be placed on the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award ballot for a nationwide vote beginning October 17 and concluding November 21. Fan balloting, available on the award's official website, www.seniorclassaward.com, will be combined with votes from coaches, media and sponsors to determine the recipient of the award.
Winners will be announced during the NCAA Soccer Championships, scheduled on December 7-9 in College Station, Texas, for women and December 14-16 in Cary, N.C. for men. The Lowe's All-Senior All- America Team will also be recognized.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the award was launched during the 2001-02 season in response to the trend of college basketball players leaving college early to turn professional. The award is presented annually in eight NCAA Division I sports to a senior student-athlete who excels both on and off the field. Finalists were selected from a list of 20 candidates in each division, based on personal qualities that define a complete student-athlete. While the on-field performance thus far during the college soccer season was a factor in determining the finalists, the criteria also includes a large emphasis on the classroom, character and community service.