Providence, R.I. – Brown senior co-captain Ryan McDuff (Plano, Texas) has been selected as one of the 30 national candidates for the prestigious 2012 Senior CLASS Award for men's soccer.
McDuff made the first cut as one of the nation's top 30 senior male soccer players who exemplify a total student-athlete. The award presented annually to the NCAA Division I Student-Athlete of the Year in 10 sports – focuses on the "Four C's" of classroom, character, community and competition. The winners with receive trophies during the respective NCAA College Cup weekends.
The senior defender has led the Brown men's soccer team to NCAA Tournament Appearances for three consecutive years. In 2011, McDuff guided the Bears to their second straight season of 11 shutouts, which tied the school record, and helped the Bears to their second Brown Soccer Classic title where he was named Defensive MVP of the tournament. During his first three seasons, Brown captured one Ivy League title, and advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament for two straight years. The squad is already off to a great start in 2012, earning five shutouts and claiming an Ocean State Classic title.
McDuff may be among the most involved student-athletes at Brown University. He volunteers at Project GOAL, works with Team Impact, established the Bruno Relays and frequently works with the Providence Boys & Girls Club. He's a regular at the Vartan Gregorian Elementary School, and helped organize and volunteered at Providence Plays, an event run by SAAC that brings over 100 Providence youths to Brown's campus where they interact with student-athletes.
McDuff is one of just two Ivy Leaguers on the men's ballot along with Yale's Bobby Thalman.
From the list of 30 candidates for each gender, a national media committee will select 10 finalists for the Senior CLASS Award in October. Those ten names will be placed on the official ballot for a nationwide vote. Fan balloting will be coupled with votes from coaches and media to determine the male and female recipients.
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