Two MAC Student Athletes Named Finalist for Senior CLASS Award

Updated 10/17/2012

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Scott Caldwell (Akron) and Eric Schoenle (West Virginia) have been selected as two of 10 finalists for the 2012 Senior CLASS award.

Caldwell, a native of Braintree, Mass., was a First Team NSCAA Academic All-American last fall and is a two-time Academic All-Mid-American Conference honoree.
Caldwell currently owns a near-perfect 3.937 cumulative GPA as an accounting major at UA. Caldwell is an active contributor in to the community, having volunteered at a number of youth soccer clinics in both the Akron area and near his hometown in Massachusetts.
 
Schoenle has been a member of the Dean’s List, a three-time Big East Academic All-Star and a three-time member of the Garrett Ford Academic Honor Roll. The Yardley, Pa. native is an active participant in the community, including volunteering at the Monongalia Youth Soccer Association’s Award Ceremony, volunteering at the WVU United Youth Soccer Training and volunteering at local elementary school’s soccer practices. 
 
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.
 
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 finalists were chosen by a media committee from the list of 30 candidates announced in September. On-line fan voting, which accounts for one-third of the total vote count, is open now. Fans can vote once per day at SeniorCLASSAward.com through Nov. 19. A combination of media, coaches and fan voting will determine the winner, which will be announced during the NCAA College Cup in Hoover, Ala., from Dec. 7-9.
 
Men's Soccer Finalists
Carlos Alvarez, Connecticut
Ashton Bennett, Coastal Carolina
Steven Birnbaum, California
Scott Caldwell, Akron
Anthony Hobbs, Florida International
Ryan Hollingshead, UCLA
Ryan McDuff, Brown
Dillon Powers, Notre Dame
Eric Schoenle, West Virginia
Kyle Zobeck, Valparaiso