Richards and Rose Named Lowe's Candidates

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - WASHINGTON senior forward Brent Richards and UCLA senior midfielder/defender Andy Rose have been named candidates for the Men's Soccer Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, announced Wednesday.

The Lowe's 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.

Recently named a Preseason All-American by College Soccer News, Richards has led the Huskies in scoring for three seasons, finishing 2010 with eight goals and five assists. A first team All-Pac-10 honoree last season, Richards also carries a 3.73 GPA in the classroom. He is a two-time Pac-10 All-Academic first team member, as well as an ESPN Third Team Academic All-American. Richards' community involvement includes habitat restoration and planting trees with Earthcorps at Ellis Pond and Tree Campus USA. He also worked at El Hogar Corazón de María, a home for the elderly, while studying abroad in Ecuador in the spring of 2011.

Rose, UCLA's team captain as a junior, started all 22 of the Bruins' games last season and led the team with 2,051 minutes played. He was also named to the All-Pac-10 first team. Rose maintains a 3.233 GPA in sociology and is on track to earn his degree in three years. He has twice earned Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention honors. Rose's work in the community includes UCLA's I'm Going to College Program, Adopt a Classroom and Marathon Kids. Through these activities, Rose taught youth about fitness and led campus tours. The Bruins also adopted as an honorary captain an 11-year-old boy who was having surgery for a brain aneurysm at the UCLA Medical Center.

The 30-candidate class for men's soccer will be narrowed down to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, and those names will be placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans, who will select one male candidate who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition. Lowe's will announce the winner at the 2011 NCAA Men's College Cup, which will take place Dec. 9-11 in Hoover, Ala.?

To see the complete list of candidates, visit

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