PHILADELPHIA – Thirty NCAAwomen’s soccer student-athletes who excel both on and off the field were selected as candidates today for the 2015 Senior CLASS Award in collegiate soccer, and the list includes University of Pennsylvania senior defender Caroline Dwyer.
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.
Dwyer missed much of last season due to injury, but had a monster sophomore season that included earning Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year; first-team All-Ivy; first-team National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-Region; and third-team NSCAA All-America. Dwyer is just the second player in Penn program history to earn All-America recognition from the NSCAA.
Among the 30 candidates, Dwyer is the only one from the Ivy League institutions.
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 2015 NCAA Men’s and Women’s College Cup championships in December.