Providence, R.I. – Ten NCAA® lacrosse student-athletes, who excel both on and off the field, were selected as finalists for the 2013 Senior CLASS Award® in collegiate men's lacrosse, including Brown University senior defenseman Clay Del Prince (Hamburg, NY). 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 complete list of finalists follows this release.
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.
The finalists were chosen by a media committee from the list of 20 candidates announced in February. Nationwide fan voting begins immediately to help select the winner. Fans are encouraged to vote on the Senior CLASS Award website or on the Senior CLASS Award Facebook fan page through May 13. Fan votes will be combined with media and Division I head coaches' votes to determine the winner.
The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the 2013 NCAA Lacrosse Championships in Philadelphia May 25-27.
A leader of the Brown Lacrosse program with a 3.90 GPA, Del Prince constantly transcends the daily life and reaches out to those near and far. In the very near future, Del Prince's tool of choice may be a stethoscope, checking on his patients' heart and lung health. He is a Human Biology/Pre-Med concentrator who has already been accepted into Medical School in Buffalo, NY, staying close to his hometown of Hamburg, NY.
A Brown team Captain in 2013, Del Prince is a man of significant stature, character, and leadership. Del Prince has always managed to lead two lives: balancing his student-athlete life while also serving the community he lives in. Del Prince pours himself into the challenges he accepts in life. There is no doubt he will succeed in his professional career as well as he has in his collegiate career. This has always been his objective, and Del Prince has never lost his razor-sharp focus on achieving this dream despite all of the responsibilities as an athlete and distractions of college life. He does not know anything less than full throttle. With Del Prince as a classmate, a teammate, or as a leader, you know you will have a devoted, trusted and thoroughly passionate man by your side or out in front leading the charge.
Del Prince has led the charge with the men's lacrosse community outreach efforts, organizing and actively participating with the Fox Point 3rd Grade classroom of Mrs. DeMello, rarely failing to organize teammates to make the weekly trips to the school. Del Prince also plays a large role with our major initiative: the annual 36 hour run where the Brown lacrosse program has raised enough money ($18,000) to build a school in rural Sri Lanka, over $20,000 for the Innocence Project, and this past year $17,000 was provided for the Providence, RI, social service agency Amos House.
An All-Ivy selection in 2012 (HM), he is an aggressive close defenseman and a two-year starter for the Bears. Matched up against the opponent's best attackman each game, Del Prince ranked 14th in the nation with 1.86 caused turnovers per game, while only drawing two penalties the entire season. He had five caused turnovers against Princeton, and four against Hartford, Duke and Providence. Del Prince also played a key role in Brown's man-down defense which was ranked 5th nationally. He earned Brown's Unsung Hero Award (2011), and the Dom Starsia Coaches Award (2012).