NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Notre Dame women’s soccer senior defender/co-captain Lauren Fowlkes (Lee’s Summit, Mo./St. Teresa’s Academy) has been chosen as one of the 10 finalists for the 2010 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award, it was announced Wednesday. The Senior CLASS Award is presented annually to the nation’s top senior player based on their dedication and achievement in four areas: Classroom, Character, Community and Competition.
Those 10 finalists were selected from a list of 30 candidates in each division, based on personal qualities that define a complete student-athlete. They have been placed on the official ballot for a nationwide vote which began Wednesday and continues through Nov. 14. Fans now can vote on-line daily through the Senior CLASS Award web site (www.seniorclassaward.com), while a special page highlighting Fowlkes’ accomplishments and a link to the on-line voting ballot will go live on the official Notre Dame athletics web site (www.UND.com) in the coming days. Votes from coaches and media will be coupled with fan balloting to determine the recipient of the award, with this year’s honoree to be announced Dec. 3-5 during the NCAA Women’s College Cup in Cary, N.C.
“It is great to see Lauren getting the recognition that she deserves!” say Scott Moody, Founder of CAP and Soccer F.I.T. Academy where Lauren trained for several years before going on to Notre Dame. “She exemplifies what this award is all about, being a complete person as well as a complete player. Even though she has been out of our facility for 4 years now, her work ethic and determination still live on in the stories that we tell. She may not hold any of our individual records any more, but every one still asks, “What did Lauren run this in?’ or ‘How fast was Lauren in this drill?’ Of course we eat that stuff up, and use it to motivate our up and coming players to compete at a much higher level.”
With 5 players that have spent time in our program now playing at Notre Dame, we know that they are in good hands with her leadership, competitiveness and compassion. Good Luck to all the finalists and don’t forget to vote!