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Cornell's Ross and Brown's Maclellan Named Lowe's Senior CLASS Award Finalists

Cornell's Keir Ross and Brown's Jack Maclellan

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- Cornell defenseman Keir Ross and Brown forward Jack Maclellan were selected as two of the ten NCAA® men’s ice hockey finalists for the 2012 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award, given to student-athletes who excel both on and off the ice.

The finalists were chosen by a media committee from the list of 20 candidates announced in October. 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.

An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Lowe’s 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.

Nationwide fan voting begins immediately to determine the winner and fans can vote on either the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award website or the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award Facebook fan page through March 18. Fan votes will be combined with media and Division I men’s ice hockey head coaches’ votes to determine the winner. The winner will be announced during the 2012 NCAA Men’s Frozen Four®, which will be held April 5 and 7 in Tampa.

Ross has been a key contributor for a Big Red team that has competed in the NCAA tournament in two of his first three years on campus, including an ECAC Hockey championship in 2010. He is one of the top defensive presences on the team, particularly as a key cog on a penalty-killing unit that has ranked in the top 10 nationally over the past two seasons. His plus-12 rating ranked second on the team in 2010-11, and he was penalized the least of any defenseman despite frequently being matched up against some of the opposition's best forward combinations.

Outside of the rink, Ross is a two-time selection to the ECAC Hockey Academic All-League team and was the Big Red's Hockey Scholar Athlete last season. He was also named to the College of Human Ecology Dean's List in 2010, carrying a 3.57 grade point average in Human Biology, Health and Society. Ross is an assistant researcher for the Cornell Veterinary College and is writing a paper on his study of assessing the utility of a laser scanning imaging technique called multiphoton microscopy. He has been working on a study for more than one year on cartilage image techniques. The project will also be the platform for Ross' senior thesis for Cornell's Nutrition department. He intends on applying for medical school following his graduation.

A nominee for the 2012 Hobey Baker Award, Maclellan leads the Bears this year with 20 points (10g, 10a) through 21 games, and recently earned the 50th assist of his career, becoming the first Brown player since 2008 to post 50 career assists. He also leads the Bears with four game-winning goals and four power play goals to go along with one short-handed goal.

An Economics concentrator with a 3.50 GPA, Maclellan has been selected to the ECAC Hockey All-Academic Team three straight years, earning Academic All-Ivy honors in 2011. Despite a hockey acumen that has drawn the attention of professional scouts, Maclellan chose to remain at Brown for his senior season. Luiz Valente, the faculty advisor for the men's hockey team, said, "Jack Maclellan is a true embodiment of the ideal of the well rounded student-athlete. This bright and articulate young man has approached his schoolwork with the same dedication that is evident in his performance as a world-class athlete as well as in his solid commitment to the values of our campus wide community. As such, he is destined to succeed in any career he chooses to pursue, whether inside or outside the realm of athletics."

Men's Ice Hockey Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award Finalists
Chad Billins, Defender, Ferris State
Jack Connolly, Center, Minnesota-Duluth
Sean Duddy, Defender, Ohio State
Ryan Flanigan, Forward, Merrimack
Scott Greenham, Goaltender, Alaska-Fairbanks
Sean Lorenz, Defender, Notre Dame
Jack Maclellan, Forward, Brown
Cody Reichard, Goaltender, Miami (Ohio)
Keir Ross, Defender, Cornell
Paul Weisgarber, Forward, Air Force