Aug. 26, 2009
LOS ANGELES - Two LMU soccer players are among the 30 nominees in each sport to be named as candidates for the 2009 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, it was announced Wednesday. Patrick Sampson of the men's team and Kim Feeney of the women's squad were hand-picked by the award committee and will go through a season-long voting by fans and coaches before the winners are announced at the NCAA College Cup in December. Sampson is the only male representative from the West Coast Conference while Feeney and Portland goalkeeper Kelsey Davis represent the conference for the women.
Sampson (Lake Oswego, Ore.) becomes the third LMU men's soccer player in as many years to be named one of the 30 candidates for the Senior CLASS Award, joining Trini Gomez in 2007 and Stephen Carlson last season. A fifth-year senior, Sampson won LMU's starting goalkeeper position last fall and proceeded to earn Second Team All-WCC and WCC All-Academic honors. On the field, he turned in the second-best goals-against-average (0.87) in program history while helping the Lions more than double their win total from the previous year. Off the field, Sampson is a member of the LMU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and is a Student-Athlete Mentor. The past two summers, he has secured high-level internships in the field of wealth management, interning with Smith Barney in Chicago in 2008 and with Sampson Investment Management in 2009. He carries a 3.49 grade-point-average as a Business major.
Feeney (San Ramon, Calif.) is the second LMU women's soccer player to be selected as a Lowe's candidate, following in the footsteps of last year's finalist, Stefanie Baduria. Feeney has been a starter in LMU's defense since her freshman year, when she was a Fourth Team Freshman All-American and LMU's Freshman Athlete of the Year. A three-time all-conference honoree and team captain the last two seasons, she has helped lead the Lions to 10 or more victories in each of her three seasons at LMU. Feeney is active on campus, serving as a member of the LMU SAAC and as the school's representative in the WCC SAAC. Last year, she was the LMU Female Student-Athlete of the Year and was instrumental in several of the athletics department's charity work, including Beach Clean Up and the Soles 4 Souls shoe drive. This past summer, she interned in the television industry for a senior producer of Entertainment Tonight and The Insider. She is majoring in Communication Studies and holds a 3.91 GPA.
The 2009 candidate class of 60 includes 10 student-athletes who were named Scholar All-Americans by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America in 2008. Four of the 60 have maintained a cumulative grade point average of 4.00. Twenty-one candidates represent teams ranked in the preseason top 25 men's and women's polls. And 13 of the 60 candidates are on the preseason watch list for the Hermann Trophy, awarded annually by the Missouri Athletic Club to the top male and female Division I soccer players in the country at the end of the season.
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. Those 10 names will then be placed on the official ballot for a nationwide vote beginning October 5 and concluding November 13. 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 classroom, character, community and competition. Lowe's, an official Corporate Partner of the NCAA, will announce the Senior CLASS Award winners during the 2009 NCAA Men's and Women's College Cup championships in early December.
ABOUT THE AWARD
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in SchoolTM, the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award honors the attributes of senior student-athletes in four areas: classroom, community, 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 that a senior season can bring. Sportscaster Dick Enberg, Honorary Chairman of the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, first conceived the idea of an award for seniors in 2001 in response to the growing trend of men's basketball players leaving school early for the NBA. The award program has expanded the past two years to include a total of nine NCAA® Division I sports - football, men's and women's soccer, men's ice hockey, men's lacrosse, baseball and softball in addition to men's and women's basketball. The award is sponsored by Lowe's, an official Corporate Partner of the NCAA®, and managed by Premier Sports Management. For more information, visit www.seniorclassaward.com.
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