PHILADELPHIA – Twenty of the top NCAA men’s lacrosse student-athletes who excel both on and off the field were selected as candidates for the 2015 Senior CLASS Award in collegiate lacrosse, and the list -- which was announced earlier today -- includes University of Pennsylvania senior defenseman Matt McMahon.
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.
One of Penn’s captains this year, McMahon was a preseason Honorable Mention All-America by Inside Lacrosse after earning honorable mention All-Ivy last year as a junior. He leads the team with seven caused turnovers so far this season for the 3-2 Quakers, and also has six ground balls. A three-year starter on defense, McMahon has played in every game during his Penn career and 43 caused turnovers and 60 ground balls.
McMahon is one of three Ivy League players on the list of 20 candidates; the others are Connor Buczek (Cornell) and Conrad Oberbeck (Yale).
The 20 Senior CLASS Award candidates will be narrowed to 10 finalists later in the 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 candidate who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition.
The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced in conjunction with the 2015 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championship Weekend in May.
ABOUT THE AWARD
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, theSenior CLASS Awardhonors the attributes of senior student-athletes in four areas: community, classroom, character and competition. The award program is designed exclusively for college seniors who are utilizing their complete athletic eligibility, remaining committed to their university and pursuing the many rewards a senior season can bring. Premier Sports Management manages the award.
Download: LAX15 Candidate Release Final.pdf