Men’s and Women’s Soccer Candidates Announced for the 2016 Senior CLASS Award

October 07, 2016

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (October 7, 2016) – 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 2016 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.

Of the 60 candidates, 29 have grade-point averages of 3.5 or higher, 13 are returning All-Americans and 12 are on the preseason watch list for the Missouri Athletic Club’s Hermann Trophy, which recognizes the top player in collegiate soccer. Outside of academics and athletics, all candidates also have been consistently involved in community service on their campus or in their communities.

Each of the two 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 exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition. 

The Senior CLASS Award winners will be announced during the 2016 NCAA Men’s and Women’s College Cup® championships in December.

For more information on all the candidates, visit

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Men’s Soccer 2016 Candidates

Name Position School
Lalas Abubakar Defender University of Dayton
Oyvind Alseth Midfielder Syracuse
Michael Amick Defender UCLA
Brandt Bronico Midfielder Charlotte
Udi Cohen Midfielder University of Hartford
Paddy Foss Midfielder/Defender Virginia
David Goldsmith Forward Butler
Sam Hamilton Defensive Midfielder University of Denver
Ian Harkes Midfielder Wake Forest University
Jacori Hayes Midfielder Wake Forest University
Joseph Holland Midfielder Hofstra
Danny Jensen Forward Ohio State University
Daniel Johnson Midfielder Louisville
Tyler Kidwell Defender Ohio State University
Darrin MacLeod Goalkeeper Drake University
Sergio Manesio Defender Cleveland State University
Simon Megally Midfielder DePaul University
Skyler Milne Forward Utah Valley Univeristy
Tyler Moorman Forward University of Detroit Mercy
Mark Moulton Midfielder University of Nebraska Omaha
Brian Nana-Sinkam Defender Stanford
Alex Neff Defender Utah Valley Univeristy
Colin O’Neil Midfielder Colgate
Brad Ruhaak Defender University of Akron
Carlos Ruiz Midfielder UMass Lowell
Ben Sampson Midfielder University of Delaware
Tanner Thompson Midfielder Indiana University
Chris Wingate Midfielder University of New Hampshire
Phil Woods Midfielder Missouri State University
Justin Worley Defender Lehigh University

Women’s Soccer 2016 Candidates

Name Position School
Maddie Bauer Defender Stanford
Jenny Bitzer Defender Manhattan College
Rachel Bloznalis Defender Boston University
Kadeisha Buchanan Defender West Virginia University
Kirsten Crowley Defender Florida State University
Courtney Dike Forward Oklahoma State
Meggie Dougherty Howard Midfielder University of Florida
Mackenzie Dowd Defender Northeastern
Natalie Fenske Defender North Dakota State University
Mandy Freeman Defender USC
Christina Gibbons Defender/Midfielder Duke University
Darian Jenkins Forward UCLA
Abby Jones Midfielder Clemson
Savannah Jordan Forward University of Florida
Serina Kashimoto Midfielder Butler University
Simone Kolander Forward Minnesota
Rose Lavelle Midfielder Wisconsin
Ashley Lawrence Midfielder West Virginia University
Clara Logsdon Defender William & Mary
Paige Lombard Defender University of Pennsylvania
Leah Mattingly Defender Ball State University
Sarah Grace Nicholson Defender Drake University
Morgan Proffitt Midfielder Marquette University
Casie Ramsier Midfielder Auburn University
Alexa Schneider Midfielder University at Albany
Julie Spracklin Defender Monmouth University
Morgan Stearns Goalkeeper University of Virginia
Murielle Tiernan Forward Virginia Tech
Tabitha Tindell Forward Florida Gulf Coast University
Koree Willer Forward Iowa State