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Soccer’s Andreassen Named Candidate for Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Senior soccer player Kristi Andreassen has been named one of 30 candidates for the 2010 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award for women’s soccer, becoming the first student-athlete from Northern Arizona University to garner the distinction.

“This is an example of the quality student-athletes we are recruiting to Northern Arizona University,” said Head Soccer Coach Andre Luciano. “They have the right mind set why they came here. Her priority has always been academics and she has done very well academically. She has been a terrific representative of our program and it is an honor for her to be listed among the top 30 student-athletes in women’s soccer.”

Andreassen, a senior from Tempe, Ariz., was a 2009 CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America second team selection and is a three-time Big Sky All-Academic choice. She ranks sixth in NAU history with 100 shots and is tied for ninth in NAU history with nine goals. The Marcos de Niza High School product is one of only eight players in program history to be named All-Big Sky first team twice and was the first All-American in program history. She has a 4.00 GPA in exercise science.

Overall, she was among sixty NCAA® men’s and women’s soccer student-athletes who excel both on and off the field, that were selected as candidates for the 2010 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award in the two soccer divisions. 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.

The 2010 candidate class includes seven National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-Americans from last season. Half of the 60 have maintained a cumulative grade point average of 3.50 or better, while two have recorded perfect 4.00 GPAs. Seven of the candidates were recognized by the College Sports Information Directors of America as 2009 Academic All-Americans. Five student-athletes participated in the NCAA Men's or Women's College Cup® in 2009. And 20 of the 60 candidates are on the 2010 preseason watch list for the Hermann Trophy, awarded annually by the Missouri Athletic Club to the top male and female Division I soccer players in the country at the end of the season.

Lowe’s, an official Corporate Partner of the NCAA, will announce the Senior CLASS Award® winners during the 2010 NCAA Men’s and Women’s College Cup championships in early December.

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.

“The nominations for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award for soccer are traditionally strong in community service and academic excellence,” said Tom Lamb, Lowe’s senior vice president of marketing. “This year's candidate class reflects the strong sense of obligation these student-athletes have to their communities, their universities and their teammates and we are proud to recognize them for their excellence.”

For more information on all the candidates, visit seniorCLASSaward.com.

ABOUT THE AWARD

An acronym for Celebrating Loyaltyand Achievement for Staying in School ®, the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award honors the attributes of senior student-athletes in four areas: community, classroom, character and competition. The award program is designed exclusively for college seniors who are utilizing their complete athletic eligibility, remaining committed to their university and pursuing the many rewards a senior season can bring. Sportscaster Dick Enberg, honorary chair of the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, first conceived the idea of an award for seniors in 2001 in response to the growing trend of men's basketball players leaving school early for the NBA. The award program has expanded from men's and women's basketball to include 10 NCAA Division I sports. The award is sponsored by Lowe's, an official Corporate Partner of the NCAA, and is managed by Premier Sports.

Name, Position, School

Kristi Andreassen, Defender, Northern Arizona

Kelly Blumenschein, Forward, Dayton

Becky Brown, Forward, Yale

Erica Campanelli, Defender, Texas

Amanda DaCosta, Midfielder, Florida State

Alyssa Davila, Midfielder, Southern California

Alexandra Elston, Midfielder, Arizona State

Callan Elswick, Forward, Davidson

Friederike Engel, Defender, American

Lauren Fowlkes, Defender, Notre Dame

Katie Fraine, Goalkeeper, Florida

Jenny Green, Defender, Western Illinois

Ali Hawkins, Midfielder, North Carolina

Molly Kinsella, Forward, Vanderbilt

Ali Kliment, Defender, Monmouth

Shay Mannino, Goalkeeper, Central Michigan

Katie McDermott, Midfielder, Fordham

Megan Minnix, Midfielder, Charlotte

Alex Morgan, Forward, California

Annika Niemeier, Midfielder, Oklahoma State

Whitney Palmer, Forward, Oklahoma

Nicole Pasciolla, Midfielder, St. John's (N.Y.)

Mollie Patton, Goalkeeper, South Carolina

Christen Press, Forward, Stanford

Katherine Sheeleigh, Forward, Harvard

Katherine Sheeleigh, Forward, Harvard

Rachel Shipley, Midfielder, Texas A&M

Lina Staropoli, Midfielder, Loyola (Maryland)

Vendula Strnadova, Midfielder, Memphis

Danielle Toney, Forward, Penn State

Jessica Tsao, Defender, Portland