Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 2/17/16
From press Release
Senior Morgan Westby (Episcopal Academy) of the Lafayette men’s lacrosse team was selected as one of 20 candidates for the 2016 Senior CLASS Award, Premier Sports Management announced on Tuesday afternoon.
Westby and his fellow candidates will be narrowed to 10 finalists later this 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 candidate who best exemplifies the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition.
An Economics major from Villanova, Pa., Westby has participated in all but one game for Lafayette over three seasons in the midfield, scoring 33 goals and tallying 15 assists for 48 career points. Serving as a team captain this season, he’s coming off his best year in 2015, ranking fourth on the team with 14 goals.
“Morgan is a strong leader on and off the field, especially for a young team,” head coach Jim Rogalski said. “He serves as a positive role model and a true ambassador for the program.”
Off the field, Westby was a 2015 Patriot League Academic Honor Roll selection, and he studied abroad at the London School of Economics in the summer of 2014. He’s completed internships with the Rohr Group at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in Philadelphia, Pa. and THayes Consulting LLC in Villanova, Pa. Westby is a member of the Oaks Leadership Academy and the Wall Street Society House, and carries a cumulative grade-point average of 3.2.
In addition to his work academically, Westby has also done extensive work for the HEADstrong Foundation, spending three weeks at their headquarters in Holmes, Pa. working with the Colleluori family. While with HEADstrong, he helped with day-to-day activities and worked with families housed at the facility that have been impacted by cancer. Additionally, he accompanied 15 of his classmates on a community service trip to Costa Rica prior to his senior year of high school, playing soccer with children between the ages of 10 and 15 and helping to build a playground at their school.
To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in the four areas of excellence. 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.
The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced in conjunction with the 2016 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championship in May.