Two Men's Soccer Ivies Candidates for Senior CLASS Award
Portions of this story courtesy of Cornell Athletic Communications and Yale Sports Publicity
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- Two Ivy League
men’s soccer players were selected as candidates for the 2013
Senior CLASS Award, it was announced today.
Seniors Patrick Slogic (Cornell) and Nick Alers (Yale) are among the 30 candidates for this year’s men’s Senior CLASS Award. Brown’s Ryan McDuff earned the award in 2012.
Each of the 30 candidate classes will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, and those 10 names will be placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans, who will select one male candidate and one female candidate who best exemplify excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition.
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 candidates 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 Senior CLASS Award winners will be announced during the 2013 NCAA Men’s and Women’s College Cup championships in December.
For Slogic, the preseason honors continue to pile up. He was previously named to the MAC Hermann Watch list and TopDrawerSoccer.com ranked him No. 84 on its Men’s National Top 100 list. Slogic started all 17 games last season and anchored the Big Red’s defense. The two-time First Team All-Ivy League honoree tallied two goals during the 2012 campaign, both game-winning headers for Cornell. Slogic has five goals and four assists for 14 total points through his three-year tenure with Cornell.
In addition to being recognized by the Ivy League, Slogic was also honored by the NSCAA, earning First Team All-Northeast Region and Second Team All-East Scholar nods in 2012. Slogic was also named First Team All-Northeast Region as a sophomore, and was the only Ivy League player to receive first team honors following the 2011 season.
Alers has been an All-Ivy selection in each of his first three seasons. He has started all 42 games he has appeared in during his career and has anchored Yale's defense. Last fall as a junior, he earned honorable mention All-Ivy recognition despite being limited to 10 games because of injury.
Alers enjoyed a memorable sophomore campaign, earning NSCAA All-Northeast Region third team and first team All-Ivy honors. As a freshman, he was an honorable mention All-Ivy selection.