Last Chance To Vote For Rylan Hawkins

Nov. 11, 2009

SEATTLE - This week marks the final opportunity to vote for Washington senior goalkeeper Rylan Hawkins for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award for men's soccer. Hawkins was named one of 10 finalists across the country for this prestigious honor.

Fans have until Nov. 13 to vote once per day either online (click here) or by texting 'M4' to 74567.

Fan votes will be combined with votes from coaches and media to determine the recipient of the award.

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.

Hawkins certainly fits all four categories. In the classroom, he carries an incredible 3.92 GPA in Computer Engineering. He has been a team captain throughout his career at Washington and has shown incredible resilience in bouncing back from a facial injury suffered during a game in 2007. He serves the Seattle community and the students of the University of Washington with his time and knowledge, working for with local non-profit organizations to raise money for children as well as creating a website for students on campus to aid with course scheduling.

This is all on top of being one of the top goalkeepers in the nation. Hawkins is tied for the Pac-10 lead with 72 saves, which ranks 10th in UW single-season history with at least one game remaining. His 0.86 goals against average this season ranks third in the conference and has lowered his career GAA to 1.00, fourth-lowest in UW history. Additionally, he ranks second in the conference with six shutouts, upping his career total to 16. He tallied a career-high 11 saves last week in a 2-0 shutout of No. 25 San Diego State, the most of any Pac-10 goalkeeper this season.

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 finalists were chosen by a media committee from the list of 30 candidates that were announced in August.

Lowe's, an official corporate partner of the NCAA, will announce the Senior CLASS Award winner during the 2009 NCAA College Cup in early December.

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