Oct. 5, 2009
STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford senior co-captain Kelley O'Hara has been selected as one of 10 finalists for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, which recognizes student-athletes for their contributions both on and off the field.
The next step is a nationwide vote, which began Monday and continues through Nov. 13. Balloting is available on the award's official Web site, http://www.seniorCLASSaward.com, as well as through text messaging. Fans can text GOAL to 74567 to vote for women's finalists. These votes will be combined with votes from coaches and media to determine the recipient of the award.
O'Hara, from Fayetteville, Ga., is second in the nation in goals (12) and tied for second with teammate Christen Press in points (30). O'Hara, who earlier had been named to the Hermann Trophy watch list, has been a big reason why Stanford is ranked No. 1 in three polls and may be the consensus top-ranked team after the NSCAA releases its rankings on Tuesday.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities. The finalists were chosen by a media committee from a list of 30 candidates that were announced in August.
The following are the other nine finalists: Elizabeth Betterbed (Army), Kelsey Davis (Portland), Kristi Eveland (North Carolina), Theresa Ferraina (Loyola-Maryland), Lauren Lopez (UNC Greensboro), Blakely Mattern (South Carolina), Lizzy Nichols (Harvard), Emily Peterson (Texas A&M) and Myra Sack (Dartmouth).
This is the third year of the women's soccer award. Previous recipients were Notre Dame's Kerri Hanks in 2008 and Portland's Stephanie Lopez in 2007.