Men’s and women’s soccer candidates announced for the 2012 Senior CLASS Award

September 18, 2012


OVERLAND PARK, KS – Sixty NCAA® men’s and women’s soccer student-athletes who excel both on and off the field were selected as candidates today for the 2012 Senior CLASS Award® in collegiate soccer. 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. The complete list of candidates follows this release.

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 2012 candidate class includes 14 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-Americans from last season. More than half of the 60 have maintained a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or better. Seven of the candidates were recognized by the College Sports Information Directors of America as 2011 Capital One Academic All-Americans. Five student-athletes participated in the 2011 NCAA Men’s or Women’s College Cups®. The Senior CLASS Award winners will be announced during the 2012 NCAA Men’s and Women’s College Cup championships. The Women’s College Cup will take place November 30 and December 2 in San Diego, while the Men’s College Cup will take place December 7 and 9 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.

DI Women’s Soccer 2012 Candidates

Name Position School
Caitlin Alves Midfielder Hartford
Alex Balcer Defender Long Beach State
Mallory Baum Midfielder Southern Methodist
Bailey Brandon Defender/Midfielder Central Michigan
Amber Brooks Midfielder North Carolina
Tara Campbell Goalkeeper Duke
Allie Chandler Midfielder Arkansas
Anina Cicerone Midfielder Western Michigan
Lauren Costa Defender Montana
Abi Cottam Forward Rider
Adrianna “AD” Franch Goalkeeper Oklahoma State
Natalia Gaitan Defender Toledo
Cynthia Jacobo Goalkeeper Cal State Northridge
Tishia Jewell Forward UCF
Scout Libke Defender Oregon
Lindsi Lisonbee Cutshall Defender Brigham Young
Kylie Louw Midfielder Stephen F. Austin State
Ally Miller Defender Marquette
Caroline Miller Forward Virginia
Mariah Nogueira Midfielder Stanford
Natalie Norris Defender Utah State
Mallory Schaffer Midfielder William and Mary
Sarah Schaidle Midfielder College of Charleston
Nichole Schiro Forward Loyola - Maryland
Lauren Smedley Goalkeeper Lafayette
Clare Stachel Midfielder/Forward Michigan
Erika Tymrak Midfielder Florida
Beth West Midfielder Texas A&M
Colleen Williams Forward Dayton
Kathryn Williamson Defender Florida

DI Men’s Soccer 2012 Candidates

Name Position School
Carlos Alvarez Midfielder Connecticut
James Belshaw Goalkeeper Duke
Ashton Bennett Forward Coastal Carolina
Steven Birnbaum Defender California, Berkeley
Scott Caldwell Midfielder Akron
Machael David Midfielder UC Santa Barbara
Johnny Dreshaj Midfielder/Forward Oakland
Shawn Ferguson Defender College of Charleston
Peyton Ford Goalkeeper North Carolina, Greensboro
Scott Goodwin Goalkeeper North Carolina
Anthony Hobbs Defender Florida International
Ryan Hollingshead Midfielder/Forward UCLA
Deion Jones Defender Florida Gulf Coast
Taylor Kemp Defender Maryland
Ryan McDuff Defender Brown
Brian McGue Midfielder Davidson
Peter McKeown Goalkeeper Loyola, Chicago
Luis Ocejo Defender Stetson
Cameron Omsberg Defender Lehigh
Jannis Opalka Defender Siena
Liam Paddock Defender UMBC
Everett Pitts Defender UC Irvine
Dillon Powers Midfielder Notre Dame
Eric Schoenle Defender West Virginia
Donnie Smith Forward Charlotte
Yannick Smith Forward Old Dominion
Blake Smith Foward/Midfielder New Mexico
Bobby Thalman Goalkeeper Yale
Grant Van De Casteele Defender Notre Dame
Kyle Zobeck Goalkeeper Valparaiso