Story courtesy of Central Michigan Athletic Communications
MOUNT PLEASANT - Senior goalkeeper Shay Mannino from the Central Michigan soccer team was announced as a candidate for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award on Wednesday. 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 - classroom, character, community and competition.
In 2009, Mannino led the nation with 17 solo shutouts, the fourth highest total in NCAA Division I history. The senior put together a personal shutout streak of 1134:36, the third longest recorded by any Division I keeper in NCAA history, during the 2009 season. She also ranked 19th in the nation with a school-record 0.60 goals against average and was named the Mid-American Conference Defensive Player of the Year. The National Soccer Coaches Association of America also recognized the Grosse Ile, Mich., native by placing on the Great Lakes All-Region second team.
Mannino was also named to the Academic All-MAC Team and became the Chippewas' first NSCAA Scholar All-American. Her 3.82 grade-point average helped CMU post the highest GPA in the nation for the fifth straight year. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in SchoolTM, the Lowe's 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. A total of 30 Division I women's soccer players were chosen as candidates out of over 100 nominees for the award. A national media committee will narrow the field down to 10 finalists in early October. The 10 finalists will be placed on a ballot for a nationwide vote. Ballots will be distributed to media, coaches and fans, who will select the candidate who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of classroom, character, community and competition. Mannino is the only MAC player among the 30 candidates.