Men’s and Women’s Soccer Candidates Announced for the 2017 Senior CLASS Award

September 22, 2017

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (September 22, 2017) – 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 2017 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.

Each of the 60 candidates has displayed a strong work ethic in the classroom and on the pitch with 30 having grade-point averages of 3.5 or higher and 12 being returning All-Americans. 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 2017 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 2017 Candidates

Name Position School
Marcos Arroyo Midfielder Army West Point
Will Bagrou Forward Mercer
Jon Bakero Forward Wake Forest
Josh Castellanos Midfielder/Forward North Florida
Mauro Cichero Forward SMU
Fraser Colmer Defender Radford
Jalen Crisler Defender Gonzaga
Meshack Eshun Addy Midfielder Hofstra
Jimmy Fiscus Defender Michigan State
Mamadou Guirassy Forward NJIT
James Haupt Midfielder/Forward Dayton
Tomas Hilliard-Arce Defender Stanford
Paul Hoffmeister Midfielder/Forward Utah Valley
Niki Jackson Forward Grand Canyon
Mark Jecewiz Defender Providence
Joonas Jokinen Forward/Midfielder Temple
Nate Kohl Forward Ohio State
Tim Kubel Defender Louisville
Foster Langsdorf Forward Stanford
Grant Lillard Defender Indiana
Scout Monteith Defender Lipscomb
Tyler Moorman Forward Detroit Mercy
Timmy Mueller Forward Oregon State
Wyatt Omsberg Defender Dartmouth
Afonso Pinheiro Forward Albany
Kevin Politz Defender Wake Forest
William Pyle Goalkeeper South Carolina
Jake Rozhansky Midfielder Maryland
Drew Skundrich Midfielder Stanford
Milorad Sobot Defender Siena

Women’s Soccer 2017 Candidates

Name Position School
Michaela Abam Forward West Virginia
Chidera Akubuilo Defender UNLV
Alex Anthony Forward USC
Alexa Ben Midfielder DePaul
Rachel Bloznalis Defender Boston
Lauren Clem Goalkeeper Northwestern
Kristen Dodson Forward Auburn
Eliza Doll Midfielder Colgate
Imani Dorsey Midfielder/Forward Duke
Jessica Frey Forward Northern Kentucky
Zoey Goralski Defender/Forward UCLA
Maja Green Defender CSU Bakersfield
Alyssa Heintschel Goalkeeper Ball State
Carlin Hudson Defender Yale
Alexis Kiehl Forward Dayton
Allison LaDuke Defender Saint Francis
Savannah McCaskill Forward South Carolina
Jovani McCaskill Goalkeeper CSUN
Kristin Moyer Defender Portland State
Brooke Murphy Forward New Hampshire
Kiana Palacios Midfielder UC Irvine
Alyssa Riporti Defender Lehigh
Becca Rolfe Midfielder High Point
Gabby Seiler Defender/Midfielder Florida
Clare Shea Midfielder Army West Point
Andi Sullivan Midfielder Stanford
Martha Thomas Midfielder/Forward Charlotte
Rachel Thun-Blankenship Midfielder Tulsa
Michele Tremblay Midfielder Siena
Chloe Williams Forward Eastern Washington