Men’s and women’s soccer candidates announced for the 2013 Senior CLASS Award

August 21, 2013


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 2013 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, 34 have grade point averages of 3.5 or higher – with three student-athletes who have achieved a perfect 4.0 GPA – and 13 are All-Americans.

The Senior CLASS Award winners will be announced during the 2013 NCAA Men’s and Women’s College Cup® championships in December.

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. ?

Women’s Soccer 2013 Candidates

Name Position School
Brittany Anghel Goalkeeper Syracuse
Danielle Birdsall Midfield/Forward Northern Colorado
Aubrey Bledsoe Goalkeeper Wake Forest
Allison Brees Defender Northern Iowa
Amber Davis Forward/Defender Western Illinois
Nikola Deiter Goalkeeper Central Connecticut State
Vanessa DiBernardo Midfield Illinois
Alyssa Diggs Forward Missouri
Katy Dolesh Midfield/Forward Miami
Jonelle Filigno Forward Rutgers
Mariana Garcia Forward The Citadel
Kristen Hamilton Forward Denver
Maya Hayes Forward Penn State
Holly Hein Defender Michigan
Becca Hemby Midfield High Point
Elizabeth Hoerner Goalkeeper Naval Academy
Kassey Kallman Defender Florida State
Ally Lee Defender Jacksonville
Juliana Libertin Midfield Dayton
Kat Ludlow Defender Baylor
Chloe McDaniel Defender Cal State Northridge
Kealia Ohai Forward North Carolina
Emily Oliver Goalkeeper Stanford
Frances Silva Forward West Virginia
Katie Stengel Forward Wake Forest
Anna Stinson Midfield Illinois State
Chrissy Tchoula Midfield Western Kentucky
Renee Washington Midfield La Salle
Kylie Wassell Goalkeeper UNLV
Laura Weinberg Forward Duke

Men’s Soccer 2013 Candidates

Name Position School
Nick Alers Defender Yale
Adam Bedell Midfield Detroit Mercy
James Beeston Midfield Siena
John Berner Goalkeeper SIUE
Reinaldo Brenes Forward Akron
Franklin Castellanos Midfield Iona
Bryan Ciesiulka Midfield Marquette
Kevin Cope Defender Michigan State
A.J. Corrado Midfield Indiana
Mamadou Doudou Diouf Forward Connecticut
Stephen Dooley Forward Loyola Maryland
Itode Fubara Midfield East Tennessee State
Tyler Gibson Midfield Charlotte
Nick Hagglund Defender Xavier
JJ Koval Midfield Stanford
Nick Kristock Defender Oakland
Rob Lovejoy Forward North Carolina
Steve Neumann Forward Georgetown
Mackenzie Pridham Forward Cal Poly
Spencer Richey Goalkeeper Washington
Tyler Riggs Forward Kentucky
Chris Ritter Midfield Northwestern
Colin Seigfreid Forward American
Mark Sherrod Forward Memphis
Harrison Shipp Forward Notre Dame
Patrick Slogic Defender Cornell
Joe Sofia Defender UCLA
Bernardo Ulmo Midfield Radford
Kyle Venter Defender New Mexico