Senior midfielder JJ Koval has been named one of 30 candidates for the men's soccer 2013 Senior Class Award.
Senior CLASS is an acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School and honors those who have exhibited excellence in four areas – community, classroom, character, and competition.
A national media committee will select 10 finalists in October. Those 10 names will then be placed on the official ballot for a nationwide vote. Fan balloting will be coupled with votes from coaches and media to determine the recipient of the award.
Koval, a senior midfielder from Camarillo, Calif., assumes the captain's armband for the Cardinal in 2013. Named an All-Pac-12 honorable mention after scoring a pair of goals and assisting on two others in addition to helping anchor the Stanford midfield in 2012, Koval will lead the Cardinal in action beginning with tonight's 7 p.m. exhibition against Sonoma State at Steuber Rugby Field.
Over his three seasons on The Farm Koval has appeared in 53 matches, starting 52. He has scored four goals in his career but more importantly has been a crucial cog in the Cardinal midfield. Last year the Cardinal limited opponents to just 23 goals while on the offensive end of the field outshot opponents 306-188.
In the classroom, he is working towards his bachelor's degree in human biology while maintaining a 3.41 cumulative grade-point average.
Stanford opens the 2013 regular season at Cagan Stadium next Friday, Aug. 30, hosting No. 2 Maryland in a 7 p.m. match. The Cardinal was tabbed third in the Pac-12's Preseason Coaches Poll Tuesday.