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Terps midfielder Ehrhardt finalist for Senior CLASS Award

Posted on 02 April 2014 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Maryland senior long stick midfielder Michael Ehrhardt is one of 10 lacrosse student-athletes who excel both on and off the field that were selected as finalists today for the 2014 Senior CLASS Award® in collegiate men’s lacrosse.

This is the fourth straight season Maryland has had a Senior CLASS Award finalist, which is the longest streak of any college or university.

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 finalists follows this release.

Ehrhardt has proven to be a fine example in each of the four areas highlighted by the Senior CLASS Award. The 2013 second team All-American has demonstrated exceptional leadership skills throughout his time at Maryland and was voted a 2014 team captain by his teammates and coaches. For the past three years he has been a part of Maryland’s Student Athletic Advisory Council as the voice and leader in a group of other student-athletes involved with the Athletic Department.

A communications major, Ehrhardt is also an active member of the community both in College Park at Maryland and at home in Westbury, N.Y. He has served as a mentor in the Big Brother Program at Hyattsville Elementary School and has also volunteered at several clinics

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.

Finalists were chosen by national media from the list of 20 candidates announced in February. Nationwide fan voting begins immediately to help select the winner. Fans are encouraged to vote on the Senior CLASS Award website through May 12. Fan votes will be combined with media and Division I head coaches’ votes to determine the winner. The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the 2014 NCAA Lacrosse Championships in Baltimore May 24-26. For more information on all the finalists, visit seniorCLASSaward.com.

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Loyola’s Fletcher, Ward named Senior CLASS Award Finalists

Posted on 02 April 2014 by WNST Staff

Fletcher, Ward Named Senior CLASS Award Finalists

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Loyola University Maryland co-captains Joe Fletcher (Syracuse, N.Y./West Genesee H.S.) and Justin Ward (Glen Burnie, Md./Old Mill H.S.) have been named two of 10 finalists for the 2014 Senior CLASS Award, making Loyola the only school with a pair of finalists.

“Justin and Joe continue to show why they are two of the best lacrosse players in the game, and their being named finalists for this award is a great recognition of all they have accomplished on and off the field,” said Charley Toomey, Loyola’s head coach.

The Patriot League is represented by three of the 10 finalists Lehigh University’s Ty Souders joins Fletcher and Ward. The other finalists, who were culled from an initial list of 20 nominees, are Troy Dennis (University of Detroit), John LoCascio (Villanova University), Michael Ehrhardt (University of Maryland), Stephen O’Hara (University of Notre Dame), Rob Emery (University of Virginia) and Tom Schreiber (Princeton University).

This marks the second year in a row that Loyola has placed at least one student-athlete on the list of finalists, following Scott Ratliff’s inclusion last year.

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.

Finalists were chosen by national media from the list of 20 candidates announced in February. Fans can vote daily on the Senior CLASS Award website to help select the winner. Fan voting, which continues through May 12, will be combined with media and Division I head coaches’ votes to determine the winner. The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the 2014 NCAA Lacrosse Championships in Baltimore May 24-26.

Fletcher and Ward have continued to lead the No. 1-ranked Greyhounds on and off the field this season. Loyola is 9-1 overall, 5-0 in the Patriot League, entering Saturday’s game at the U.S. Naval Academy.

Through the first 10 games of the season, Ward is pacing the Greyhounds with 44 points. He has scored 11 goals and is second nationally with 33 assists. Earlier this season, he became Loyola’s all-time Division I leader in career assists, and last Saturday he tallied the 100th helper of his four years with the Greyhounds.

In addition to his list-leading status in career assists, he is tied for ninth in school Division I history (since 1982) in total points with 150. His 33 assists this year are already fifth-most on the school’s single-season Division I leader chart, five shy of tying Sean Heffernan’s 1994 record.

Ward is also a member of Loyola’s SAAC and serves as the group’s Director of Media. With Fletcher, he is participating in the Loyola Leadership Academy with Janssen Sports Leadership. Ward has participated in community outreach with Loyola’s York Road Initiative and is a volunteer with the homeless shelter at his family’s church, Glen Burnie United Methodist Church.

Fletcher has continued to be a leader of the Greyhounds’ defense that is ranked fourth in Division I by allowing only 7.4 goals per game. While drawing one-on-one defensive responsibilities for some of the game’s top attackers, Fletcher is second on the team and tops amongst close defenders with 44 ground balls and 14 caused turnovers.

The day before the 2014 campaign kicked off, Fletcher was named to the U.S. Men’s Lacrosse National Team 30-man roster for this summer’s Federation of International Lacrosse World Championship in Denver. He will now view for one of the 23 spots of those who will take the field for the Red, White and Blue.

Off the field, Fletcher is one of the most involved students on the Loyola campus. He is co-president of the Greyhounds’ Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, a member of Loyola’s Green & Grey Society – a group of 14 students that serves as a liaison to the school’s president, cabinet and board of trustees – and he has volunteered his time with many service projects throughout the campus.

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.

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Loyola lacrosse players Fletcher, Ward named candidates for Senior CLASS Award

Posted on 20 February 2014 by WNST Staff

Fletcher, Ward Named Candidates For Senior CLASS Award

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – For the second year in a row, two Loyola University Maryland men’s lacrosse seniors have been named candidates for the Senior CLASS Award, an honor that recognizes seniors who excel both on and off the field.

Team co-captains Joe Fletcher (Syracuse, N.Y./West Genesee H.S.) and Justin Ward (Glen Burnie, Md./Old Mill H.S.) are two of the 20 who were tabbed as candidates. Last year, Scott Ratliff and Davis Butts earned the nods, and Ratliff was a finalist for the honor.

Loyola is the only school nationally with two players named to the list of 20. Including Fletcher and Ward, four Patriot League players are on the rolls (Bucknell University’s Todd Heritage and Lehigh University’s Ty Souders).

“We are proud to have two of our great leaders be candidates for this prestigious award,” Loyola Head Coach Charley Toomey said. “They exhibit the Jesuit ideal of being ‘Men For Others,’ and they are examples for us on and off the field.”

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.

Both Fletcher and Ward were named Preseason All-Americans by Face-Off Yearbook – Fletcher to the first team and Ward the second – and the duo has helped Loyola to a 2-1 start this season. Both have excelled in the classroom as members of Loyola’s Sellinger School of Business where Fletcher is an accounting major and Ward a finance major.

Fletcher is a two-time United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association All-American, earning honorable mention as a sophomore in 2012 and first team laurels last season. Earlier this month, he was named to the U.S. Men’s Lacrosse National Team 30-man roster that is preparing for the 2014 World Championships in Denver this summer. He was the only collegiate player on the 52-man training roster and is also the only current collegian on the 30-man.

Through three games this year, Fletcher has tallied nine ground balls and seven caused turnovers for the Greyhounds. On Wednesday, he had primary marking responsibility for Towson University’s preseason All-American Thomas DeNapoli. Fletcher and the Greyhounds held DeNapoli without a point, snapping his 21-game streak of at least one point.

Off the field, Fletcher is one of the most involved students on the Loyola campus. He is co-president of the Greyhounds’ Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, a member of Loyola’s Green & Grey Society – a group of 14 students that serves as a liaison to the school’s president, cabinet and board of trustees – and he has volunteered his time with many service projects throughout the campus.

Ward earned All-America Honorable Mention as a junior last season after quarterbacking a Greyhounds’ offense that averaged nearly 12 goals per game. The attacker finished 11th in Division I in assists per game (2.19) and 19th in points per game (3.88), culminating the season with 27 goals and 35 assists for 62 points.

His 35 assists ranked third on Loyola’s single-season chart at the Division I level, and his 62 points were tied for fifth. He has scored three goals and assisted on six more through three games this season, bringing his career totals to 42 and 74 for 116 career points. He is fifth in school Division I history in career assists and 19th in points.

Ward is also a member of Loyola’s SAAC and serves as the group’s Director of Media. With Fletcher, he is participating in the Loyola Leadership Academy with Janssen Sports Leadership. Ward has participated in community outreach with Loyola’s York Road Initiative and is a volunteer with the homeless shelter at his family’s church, Glen Burnie United Methodist Church.

The candidate class will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, and those 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 finalist who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition. The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the 2014 NCAA Lacrosse Championships in Baltimore May 24-26.

 

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Towson F Benimon selected as candidate for Senior CLASS Award

Posted on 30 October 2013 by WNST Staff

BENIMON SELECTED AS A CANDIDATE FOR THE 2014 SENIOR CLASS AWARD
Towson senior is one of 30 men’s basketball student-athletes selected

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Towson University senior forward Jerrelle Benimon is one of 30 men’s basketball student-athletes who excel both on and off the court that were selected as candidates today for the 2013-14 Senior CLASS Award® in collegiate basketball.

Benimon is the first Towson men’s basketball player to be named a candidate for the Senior CLASS Award®.

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 2014 NCAA Men’s Final Four®.

The 30 candidates 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 who best exemplify excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition.

Benimon, a 2013 Associated Press Honorable Mention All-American, ranked second in the nation with 20 double-doubles and third in the country with 11.2 rebounds per game as a junior. The 6-8 forward was the fourth-leading scorer in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) with 17.1 points per game and reached double figures in 27 of 31 outings.

Benimon helped guide Towson to an 18-13 overall record and a second-place finish in the CAA. The Tigers recorded the largest single-season turnaround in NCAA history during the 2012-13 season.

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

Men’s Basketball Candidates

Travis Bader, Oakland                                    Joe Jackson, Memphis
Jerrelle Benimon, Towson                    Walt Lemon Jr., Bradley
Kyle Boswell, UC Santa Barbara                    J.J. Mann, Belmont
Allan Chaney, High Point                                Doug McDermott, Creighton
Aaron Craft, Ohio State                                  Sean McGonagill, Brown
Jordan Dykstra, South Dakota State           Travis McKie, Wake Forest
Melvin Ejim, Iowa State                                  Jordan McRae, Tennessee
Dwayne Evans, Saint Louis                            Shabazz Napier, Connecticut
Chris Eversley, Cal Poly                                  Dennis Ogbe, Tennessee Tech
C.J. Fair, Syracuse                                           Kendrick Perry, Youngstown State
Tim Frazier, Penn State                                  Dwight Powell, Stanford
Jakob Gollon, Mercer                                      Augustine Rubit, South Alabama
Joe Harris, Virginia                                         Russ Smith, Louisville
Holton Hunsaker, Utah Valley                       Chris Udofia, Denver
Anthony Ireland, Loyola Marymount            Patric Young, Florida

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Loyola’s Ratliff named finalist for Senior CLASS Award

Posted on 03 April 2013 by WNST Staff

Ratliff Named Finalist For Senior CLASS Award

 

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Loyola University Maryland long-stick midfielder Scott Ratliff (Marietta, Ga./George Walton H.S.) has been named one of 10 finalists for the prestigious Senior CLASS Award in collegiate men’s lacrosse.

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 finalists 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.

Ratliff has continued his play as one of the top defensive midfielders in the country this season and through 10 games, he leads the Greyhounds in ground balls (50) and caused turnovers (19). He has also continued his scoring in the transition game, logging seven goals and three assists.

A third-team All-American a year ago from the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA), Ratliff was also a preseason All-America second team honoree this year.

In his time at Loyola, Ratliff has played in 52 games, picking up 190 ground balls and causing 78 turnovers. He has also scored 23 goals and assisted on 13 more. His 36 career points rank second among active long-pole defenders.

Ratliff’s 190 ground balls currently rank 10th in Loyola’s Division I history (since 1982), and his 78 caused turnovers are just 12 off the school record of 90 set by P.T. Ricci.

He is a communication major with an emphasis in public relations and advertising and was a member of the Dean’s List in the Fall 2012 semester. Ratliff has also led youth lacrosse clinics for inner-city students in his native Georgia.

Ratliff is the first Loyola men’s lacrosse player to be named a finalist for the award, which is in its fifth year of existence.

The Greyhounds and Ratliff will be back on the field Saturday, April 6, at 2:30 p.m. when they host Fairfield University in an ECAC Lacrosse League contest. The game will be part of a doubleheader with the Loyola women hosting Georgetown University at 12 noon.

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Loyola’s Butts, Ratliff named Senior CLASS Award candidates

Posted on 20 February 2013 by WNST Staff

Butts, Ratliff Named Senior CLASS Award Candidates

 

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – A pair of Loyola University Maryland men’s lacrosse players – midfielder Davis Butts and long-stick midfielder Scott Ratliff – were named two of 20 candidates for the prestigious Senior CLASS Award on Wednesday.

 

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. Loyola was the only team nationally to have two candidates this year.

 

Last season, Butts and Ratliff helped lead Loyola to its first-ever NCAA Division I Championship and earned All-America honors from the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association in the process. Ratliff garnered Third Team honors, while Butts received honorable mention.

 

The duo both earned recognition on the Preseason All-America team this year, Ratliff on the Second Team and Butts the third. Both were selected in the Major League Lacrosse draft prior to the season. Ratliff was the first selection of the second round, ninth overall, by the Boston Cannons, Butts was taken 19th overall in the third round by the Denver Outlaws.

 

Ratliff continues to be one of the top long-stick midfielders in the nation and set a Loyola scoring record for the position last year. He finished 2012 with 12 goals and seven assists, exceeding current Loyola Assistant Coach Matt Dwan’s previous record for a long-stick midfielder set in 1995.

 

In addition to his scoring, he tallied 88 ground balls and 37 caused turnovers while earning ECAC Defensive Player of the Year, ECAC Championships Most Valuable Player, NCAA All-Tournament Team and team co-defenisve player of the year honors.

 

Butts was a first-line midfielder for the Greyhounds for the second year in a row in 2012. He excelled as a dodger and finisher and ranked fourth on the team in points (35) and third in goals scored (21). A versatile player, Butts also saw plenty of action on the wings of faceoffs and in the defensive midfield where he picked up 40 ground balls.

 

In the 2013 season opener last Saturday against the University of Delaware, Butts scored a goal and had an assist while picking up five ground balls and causing two turnovers. Ratliff had a transition goal and a team-best six ground balls against the Blue Hens.

 

The pair have both participated in numerous community service opportunities at Loyola, particularly in the student-run “Homeless Hookups.” In that program, Loyola students, and Butts and Ratliff, meet disadvantaged men and women in Downtown Baltimore, providing food, friendship and fellowship.

 

This year, both Ratliff and Butts are both team captains for the 2013 Greyhounds, a capacity Ratliff served in last year.

 

Ratliff, a communication major with an emphasis in public relations and advertising, was a member of the Dean’s List in the Fall 2012 semester, and he has also led youth lacrosse clinics for inner-city students in his native Georgia.

 

Off the field, Butts is a business administration major and the co-founder of Clean Guys Laundry, LLC, a company that provides delivery laundry and dry cleaning to students at several Baltimore-area colleges. Despite the demands on his time as a student-athlete, Butts has helped the company flourish by organizing the logistics of the deliveries and pick-ups, tracking the company’s financials and responding to customer service inquiries.

 

Fellow ECAC Lacrosse League players Sam Snow of Fairfield University and Logan Schuss of The Ohio State University joined Butts and Ratliff as candidates for the award. The ECAC is tied with the Patriot League and Ivy League with the most nominees this year, four.

 

Butts and Ratliff are the first Loyola men’s lacrosse players to be candidates for the award, and they are the eighth and ninth student-athletes from the school in all sports to be candidates. Earlier this year, women’s soccer’s Nichole Schiro and men’s basketball’s Robert Olson were candidates in their sports.

 

The candidate class will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, and those 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 finalist who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition. The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the 2013 NCAA Lacrosse Championships in Philadelphia May 25-27.

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