Lowe's Senior CLASS Award Candidates Announced

Updated 8/27/2009

University of Akron senior Ben Zemanski (men's soccer) and Central Michigan University senior Amanda Waugh (women's soccer) have been named as candidates for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award.

An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the annual 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, 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.

Zemanski, a team co-captain, will lead a deep and talented midfield unit this fall. The hometown-native enjoyed a breakout season in 2008 with career highs for assists (10) and games started (23). His assists-per-game average (0.43) was ranked 24th in the nation individually. More importantly of his 10 assists, eight set up game-winning goals - including the decisive score against Ohio State in the second round of the NCAA Championships.

In 2008, Waugh finished second in the Mid-American Conference with 22 points (eight goals, six assists) and her 1.22 points per match led the conference, earning her first team All-MAC recognition. Waugh was also named academic All-MAC as her 3.63 grade-point average helped CMU post the highest GPA in the nation for the fourth straight year. Waugh tallied an assist in CMU's season-opening victory over IPFW on Saturday.

From the list of 30 men's and women's candidates, 10 finalists will be selected midway through the regular season. Those names will then be placed on the official ballot for a nationwide vote among media, coaches and fans, who will select the candidate that best exemplifies excellence in the four categories of classroom, character, community and competition.

From the list of 30 men's and women's candidates, 10 finalists will be selected midway through the regular season. Those names will then be placed on the official ballot for a nationwide vote among media, coaches and fans, who will select the candidate that best exemplifies excellence in the four categories of classroom, character, community and competition.