OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - University of Denver senior Matt Kirby (Beaumont, Texas) was among sixty NCAA men's and women's soccer student-athletes, who excel both on and off the field, and were tabbed as candidates today for the 2011 Lowe's Senior CLASS 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. The complete list of candidates follows this release.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in SchoolTM, 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.
"This is a great honor for me, and it represents a lot of hard work not just from me but from all of my teammates, too," Kirby said. "Everyone on this team helps each other get better on the field and in the classroom, as well as in everyday life."
Kirby, who has a 3.91 cumulative grade-point average as a finance major, was selected to the CoSIDA Academic All-District 7 University Division honors in both 2009 and 2010, and was named to the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation All-Academic team both years he was eligible. The senior midfielder helped the Pioneers capture Mountain Pacific Sports Federation regular season championships in 2008 and 2010, earning DU's first two trips to the NCAA Tournament since 1972.
"The Lowe's Senior CLASS Award is a great honor because it represents the student-athlete as the overall person from the soccer field to the classroom to the community at large," Denver head coach Bobby Muuss said. "Being among this elite group of student-athletes is certainly an honor for Matt and Denver soccer."
The 2011 candidate class includes 15 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-Americans from last season. Half of the 60 have maintained a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or better. Ten of the candidates were recognized by the College Sports Information Directors of America as 2010 Academic All-Americans. Twenty-six of the candidates play for teams ranked in the NSCAA's preseason top 25 polls. Six student-athletes participated in the NCAA Men's or Women's College Cups® in 2010. Lowe's, an official Corporate Partner of the NCAA, will announce the Senior CLASS Award® winners during the 2011 NCAA Men's and Women's College Cup championships. The Women's College Cup will take place December 2 and 4 in Kennesaw, Ga., while the Men's College Cup will take place December 9 and 11 in Hoover, Ala.
Each of the 30 candidate classes will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, and those 10 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 and one female candidate who best exemplify excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition.
For more information on all the candidates, visit seniorCLASSaward.com.
2011 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award
Men's Soccer Candidates
Name, Position, School
Perez Agaba, Forward, IUPUI
Austin Berry, Defender, Louisville
Thomas Brandt, Defender, Pennsylvania
Tony Cascio, Midfielder, Connecticut
Sean Dreybus, Midfielder/Forward, Appalachian State
Wes Feighner, Left Back, Cal Poly
Ethan Finlay, Forward, Creighton
Andrew Fontein, Goalkeeper, UC Irvine
Adam Glick, Goalkeeper, Florida Gulf Coast
Brian Holt, Goalkeeper, Creighton
Matt Horn, Defender/Midfielder, Winthrop
Hunter Jumper, Defender, Virginia
Matt Kirby, Forward, Denver
Greg Klazura, Defender, Notre Dame
Greg Macnamara, Defender, Davidson
Matt Makowski, Goalkeeper, American
Eric Masch, Forward, Santa Clara
Michael Mazzullo, Midfielder, Columbia
Heath Melugin, Midfielder, Missouri State
Steven Miller, Forward, Colgate
Thomas Ostrander, Forward, Drake
Jack Pearson, Defender, Dayton
Brent Richards, Forward, Washington
Colin Rolfe, Forward, Louisville
Andy Rose, Midfielder/Defender, UCLA
Bobby Smith, Defender, Bradley
Adam Still, Defender, Southern Methodist
Kirk Urso, Midfielder, North Carolina
Krystian Witkowski, Forward/Midfielder, Marist
Carl Woszczynski, Goalkeeper, UAB
Women's Soccer Candidates
Name, Position, School
Melanie Baskind, Midfielder/Forward, Harvard
Jana Basubas, Midfielder, Lehigh
Kathleen Beljan, Defender, Dayton
Sidra Bonner, Defender, Cornell
Colleen Boyd, Goalkeeper, Oregon State
Kate Deines, Midfielder, Washington
Danielle Foxhoven, Forward, Portland
Katy Frierson, Midfielder, Auburn
CoCo Goodson, Defender, UC Irvine
Chelsea Hatcher, Midfielder/Forward, Tennessee
Melissa Henderson, Forward, Notre Dame
Bianca Henninger, Goalkeeper, Santa Clara
Laura Heyboer, Forward, Michigan State
Tori Huster, Midfielder, Florida State
Mo Isom, Goalkeeper, LSU
Kelsey Kearney, Goalkeeper, UNC Greensboro
Natalie Kulla, Goalkeeper, Marquette
Sydney Leroux, Forward, UCLA
Krista Lopez, Forward, Oklahoma State
Paige Maxwell, Forward, Ohio State
Kerry McBride, Defender/Midfielder, Marquette
Teresa Noyola, Midfielder, Stanford
Kelly Reinwald, Midfielder, Canisius
Aline Reis, Goalkeeper, Central Florida
Chandra Salmon-Christensen, Defender, Utah State
Casey Short, Midfielder, Florida State
Lizzy Simonin, Defender, Memphis
Jasmyne Spencer, Forward, Maryland
Jessica Teahan, Goalkeeper, Missouri State
Ingrid Wells, Midfielder, Georgetown
Season and individual tickets are on sale now for the 2011 season. Season tickets for nine Denver Men's Soccer games and nine Denver Women's Soccer games are $72. By purchasing season tickets, fans will enjoy the same centerfield seat, including a comfortable seatback for all 18 games at CIBER Field at the University of Denver Soccer Stadium. Season tickets are available at DenverPioneers.com or by calling/e-mailing Season Ticket and Premium Seating Manager Eric Vasquez at 303.871.7460.
Individual game tickets during the 2011 season are $8 for a reserved seatback and $5 for general admission, and may be purchased by phone at 303-871-2336, online at DenverPioneers.com or in person at the Ritchie Center Box Office. DU students are free with a Pioneer Card.