Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 3/6/09
Penn State goalie Drew Adams (Springfield-Delco) and Hofstra middie Michael Colleluori (Ridley) have been named as two of 30 candidates for the prestigious lacrosse division of the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award.
These NCAA student-athletes who strive to make a difference in their classroom, their communities and on their field of competition were identified to have made notable achievements in four areas of excellence: Classroom, Character, Community, and Competition.
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 those leaders to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact on their circle of influence.
Lowe’s, an official Corporate Partner of the NCAA, expanded the award program beyond men’s and women’s basketball in 2007 to include six additional NCAA Division I sports – men’s and women’s soccer, men’s ice hockey, men’s lacrosse, baseball, and softball. With the addition of football (Bowl Subdivision) this year, the number of sports encompassed by the nation’s premier award for seniors has expanded to nine.
This marks the third year for the men’s lacrosse division of the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award. Syracuse University attack and team captain Mike Leveille took home the award in 2008 and Cornell University goalkeeper Matt McMonagle (Episcopal Academy) was the inaugural winner in 2007.
The 2009 class of candidates exemplifies student-athletes who succeed at more than just their sport. Twenty-seven NCAA colleges and universities are represented, with the University of Virginia, University of Notre Dame and Duke University each receiving two candidates.
The list of 30 student-athletes will be narrowed down to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, and those 10 names will then be placed on the official ballot. The 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 C’s” of Classroom, Character, Community, and Competition.
The award winner will be announced and presented with his trophy at the 2009 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championship in Foxborough, Massachusetts.
“Lacrosse continues to sweep the nation as one of the growing sports, and the list of quality candidates for this award keeps getting stronger each year,” said Bob Gfeller, Lowe’s senior vice president of marketing and advertising. “It is Lowe’s honor to spotlight the stories of student-athletes in the sport who are doing so much more than competing on the field.”
Sportscaster Dick Enberg, Honorary Chairman of the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award, first conceived the idea of an award for seniors in 2001 in response to the growing trend of men’s basketball players leaving school early for the NBA. The award was launched to honor senior student-athletes who remained in college, exhausting their collegiate athletic eligibility, to pursue their college degree.
Name Position School
Matt Abbott Midfield Syracuse University
Drew Adams Goalkeeper Pennsylvania State University
Tim Balise Attack University of Massachusetts
Doug Buckley Midfield Bucknell University
Jordan Burke Goalkeeper Brown University
Mike Catalino Midfield Duke University
Peter Christman Midfield University of Notre Dame
Michael Colleluori Midfield Hofstra University
Randall Cooper Midfield Towson University
Brandon Corp Midfield Colgate University
Joel Dalgarno Attack The Ohio State University
Michael Evans Defense Johns Hopkins University
Danny Glading Attack University of Virginia
Zack Greer Attack Bryant University
Jimmy Harrison Goalkeeper College of the Holy Cross
Ryan Hoff Attack University of Notre Dame
Max Motschwiller Midfield Harvard University
Joey Murray Midfield University of Denver
Griffin Nevitt Midfield U.S. Air Force Academy
Sam Payton Midfield Duke University
Garrett Pedley Defense University at Albany
Brendan Reilly Midfield Princeton University
Doug Rendall Midfield Dartmouth College
Jeff Rommel Midfield Rutgers University
Scott Rosenshein Defense U.S. Military Academy
Max Seibald Midfield Cornell University
Chris Taylor Midfield Georgetown University
Mike Timms Midfield University of Virginia
Andy Tormey Defense U.S. Naval Academy
Grant Zimmerman Goalkeeper University of North Carolina