Courtesy of Brown Athletics Communications
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Brown senior defender Ryan McDuff (Plano, Texas) has been selected as one of the 10 finalists who excel both on and off the field for the 2012 Senior CLASS Award. To be eligible for this award, a student-athlete must be classified as a 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 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 30 men's candidates announced in September. Nationwide fan voting begins immediately to help select the winner. Fans are encouraged to vote on the Senior CLASS Award website through November 19. Fan votes will be combined with media and Division I head coaches' votes to determine the winner.
The Senior CLASS Award winners will be announced during the 2012 NCAA Men's and Women's College Cup® championships. The Women's College Cup will take place November 30 and December 2 in San Diego, while the Men's College Cup will take place December 7 and 9 in Hoover, Ala.
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. 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. McDuff and his squad are already off to a great start in 2012, earning eight shutouts and earning Ocean State Classic & Husky Classic titles.
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.