Stanford's Nogueira named Senior CLASS Award finalist

By the Pac-12 Conference

WALNUT CREEK, Calif.— Stanford midfielder Mariah Nogueira is one of 10 NCAA women's soccer players selected as finalists for the Senior CLASS Award.

The Senior CLASS Award is given to student-athletes who excel both on and off the field. 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.

CLASS, an acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the 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.

Nogueira, who hails from Westminster Calif., is a four-year starter for the Cardinal. She has been a key contributor to a program that has won three-consecutive Pac-12 titles, clinched three-straight berths in the NCAA College Cup finals and won the 2011 national championship. Nogueira, a three-time all-conference performer, garnered NSCAA third team All-America honors and Pac-10 Freshman of the Year accolades in 2009. She has recorded 20 goals and 14 assists in her career and has participated with the U.S. Under-20 and U-23 teams. Nogueira, a team captain, has been an offensive force for the Cardinal in 2012, leading the team with six goals, two of which have been game-winners.

A two-year NSCAA Scholar All-West honorable mention selection, Nogueira maintains a 3.63 cumulative GPA. She has twice been a Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention selection and has helped the Cardinal to three-consecutive NSCAA Team Academic Awards. She is on track to graduate in Spring, 2013. In the community, Nogueira has volunteered with Special Olympics and the Bay Area Sports Initiative and has worked the Halloween Carnival in East Palo Alto. She has devoted time during the week to tutoring young students from East Palo Alto and visiting the elderly and has been active in Kappa Alpha Theta sorority philanthropy events. Additionally, she has been a Sunday School teacher and currently serves as the LDS-Single Adults co-president. She has volunteered at youth soccer development camps throughout Huntington Beach, Long Beach and Pacific Palisades, and feeds the homeless during holidays. Nogueira traveled to the Dominican Republic in the Spring of 2011 with Kids Alive International, a non-profit organization that provides spiritual, physical, educational and emotional support to underprivileged children around the world. With Kids Alive, Nogueira helped build a school and taught PE classes.

The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the 2012 Women's College Cup Championships, which take place November 30 and December 2 in San Diego, Calif. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans, who will select the candidate who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition.

Other Women's Soccer Finalists: Amber Brooks, North Carolina; Tara Campbell, Duke; Adrianna "AD" Franch, Oklahoma State; Tishia Jewell, Central Florida; Lindsi Lisonbee Cutshall, BYU; Ally Miller, Marquette; Natalie Norris, Utah State; Mallory Schaffer, William and Mary, Colleen Williams, Dayton.

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