September 17, 2008

Bears' Soccer Standouts Cunningham and Sheehan Named Candidates for Prestigious Lowe's Senior CLASS Award

Sept. 17, 2008

PROVIDENCE, RI - Brown senior soccer standouts Lindsay Cunningham (Cumberland, RI) and Dylan Sheehan (Wolfville, NS), captains for the women's and men's soccer teams, respectively, have been selected as candidates for the prestigious Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. In addition to both serving as captains this fall, they were both Academic All-Ivy selections a year ago, and have both earned CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District honors at one point in their career. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Award was launched during the 2001-02 season in response to the trend of college basketball players leaving college early to turn professional.

Cunningham has been a valuable contributor on the women's team since her freshman season, earning Honorable Mention All-Ivy honors in both 2005 and 2006, and Second Team All-Ivy honors a year ago. The Bears' leading scorer as a freshman with 13 points (6g, 1a), Cunningham finished the 2006 season third on the team with 18 points (5g, 8a), while leading the Bears with eight assists. Following the 2006 season, Cunningham earned the Coaches' Award for outstanding contribution, dedication, and sportsmanship. Last season, she posted 2-3-7 numbers to bring her career totals to 38 points on 13 goals and 12 assists. With a goal earlier this year against Albany, she now has 40 points (14g, 12a), which ranks 15th all-time at Brown. Her 14 goals is also 18th, while her 12 assists is 13th. Off the field, Cunningham has been actively involved with the Fox Point Elementary School since her freshman year, and has been a representative for SAAC since the fall of 2007. She has also used her talents as a soccer coach, working at local camps and also giving individual lessons to local children. Cunningham also has had a variety of internships during her summer vacations, working at Fidelity Investments and Morgan Stanley, while also serving as a lifeguard at a local country club for two summers.

Sheehan, a First Team All-Ivy selection a year ago, led the Bears in 2007 with 26 points (10g, 6a). After scoring goals in six consecutive games last year, he was named to the College Soccer News National Team of the Week, and was named the Offensive MVP of the adidas-Brown Soccer Classic. He helped the Bears to a 15-2-1 record, and to a perfect 7-0-0 record in Ivy League play to capture their 19th Ivy League title. So far this year, Sheehan has tallied one goal, which came against the College of Charleston. Off the field, Sheehan has been involved with SAAC, serving as its co-president during the 2007-08 year. A current SAAC Board Member and team representative, he attended the 2008 Ivy League SAAC Conference. The recipient of the 2008 Cliff Stevenson Award at Brown's All Sports Banquet, he is also involved as a Student-Athlete Faculty-Liaison Co-President, Collegiate Consulting Group, and is an executive member of the Dave Zucconi 5k Race committee.

Thirty male and thirty female senior student-athletes who have displayed both on-field and off-field excellence have been selected as candidates for the Award in the men's soccer and women's soccer divisions. The Award, given annually to senior student-athletes across nine NCAA Division I sports, has become one of the most prestigious honors in college athletics and is sponsored by Lowe's, an Official Corporate Partner of the NCAA.

These individuals qualified based on their dedication and achievement in four areas: Classroom, Character, Community, and Competition. The Lowe's Senior CLASS Award is distinctive from many other honors in that on-the-field performance is only one factor in determining candidacy - a major emphasis is placed on off-the-field commitments and personal character.

"The caliber of individuals in this year's senior class of soccer players made narrowing the field to 30 for each category very difficult," said Bob Gfeller, Lowe's senior vice president of marketing and advertising. "We are ecstatic to see how many talented senior student-athletes are electing to use their skills not only on the playing field, but also in the classroom and in the community."

The 2008 candidates on the women's side represent 25 different NCAA colleges and universities and 18 athletics conferences across the country, including two from the Ivy League. The men's list follows a similar pattern with 28 schools representing 17 conferences, including three from the Ivy League.

The Award was conceived by sportscaster Dick Enberg, who continues to serve as Honorary Chairman, and has recognized winners in men's and women's basketball for seven years. Lowe's extended the Award in 2006 to include baseball, softball, men's hockey, and men's lacrosse, then in 2007 added men's and women's soccer. The award will also include the sport of football this fall, bringing the total awards program to nine NCAA Division I sports.

From the list of 30 candidates, a national media committee will select 10 finalists for the 2008 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award in both divisions in October. Those 10 names from each division will then be placed on the official ballot for a nationwide vote beginning October 9 and concluding November 19. Fan balloting will be coupled with votes from coaches and media to determine the recipient of the award. Winners will be announced during the 2008 NCAA Division I Women's Soccer Championships in Cary, North Carolina, scheduled for December 5-7, and during the 2008 NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Championships in Frisco, Texas, scheduled for December 12-14.