Oct. 18, 2007
Senior Trini Gomez has been chosen as one of 10 candidates nationwide to be a finalist for the 2007 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, it was announced Wednesday. Gomez will now be entered into a national pool where fans can vote for the award winner.
Fan balloting for the award is online at the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award Website and will run through November 16. Fan balloting will be coupled with votes from coaches, media and sponsors to determine the recipient of the award. Winners will be announced during the NCAA Soccer Championships, scheduled on December 14-16 in Cary, NC. The Lowe's All-Senior All-America Team will also be recognized. While the on-the-field performance during their collegiate soccer careers is a factor in determining candidates and the eventual winner, their personal character and off-the-field achievements in the classroom and community are major areas of focus.
Gomez, a Biological Sciences major, is a co-captain on the 2007 Lion squad. He transferred to LMU from UCLA as a sophomore and made an immediate impact, leading the Lions with six goals and earning honorable mention All-West Coast Conference honors. A native of Inglewood, Gomez was named a WCC Scholar-Athlete and has been on either the LMU Dean's or Director's List every semester. He has also been awarded the Mexican American Alumni Association Scholarship. This past summer, he shadowed doctors at the UCLA Harbor Hospital as he pursues his goal of going to medical school.
From the list of 20 candidates in each sport, a national media committee has selected 10 finalists. Gomez, along with nine other candidates, has been placed on the official ballot for a nationwide vote beginning October 16 and concluding November 21. "These young men are great representatives of the sport of soccer, their respective institutions and themselves personally," said Bob Gfeller, Lowe's Senior Vice President of Marketing and Advertising. "Lowe's is pleased to salute these student-athletes for their on-field and off-field commitment to excellence and look forward to making the presentation to thousands of soccer fans during the NCAA Championships."
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the award was launched during the 2001-02 season in response to the trend of college basketball players leaving college early to turn professional. The award was conceived by sportscaster Dick Enberg, who continues to serve as Honorary Chairman. Lowe's extended the award in the spring of 2007 to include four other NCAA sports: baseball, softball, men's hockey and men's lacrosse. With the addition of men's and women's soccer in fall 2007, a total of eight sports are now included in the awards program.