Sept. 24, 2007
LMU senior Trini Gomez has been selected as one of 20 candidates nation-wide for the 2007 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, it was announced Monday.
Twenty players have been selected as candidates for the 2007 soccer awards, based on personal qualities that define a complete student athlete. While the on-the-field performance during their collegiate soccer careers is a factor in determining candidates and the eventual winner, their personal character and off-the-field achievements in the classroom and community are major areas of focus.
Gomez, a biological sciences major, is a co-captain on the 2007 Lion squad. He transferred to LMU from UCLA as a sophomore and made an immediate impact, leading the Lions with six goals and earning honorable mention All-West Coast Conference honors. A native of Inglewood, Gomez was named a WCC Scholar-Athlete and has been on either the LMU Dean's or Director's List every semester. He has also been awarded the Mexican American Alumni Association Scholarship. This past summer, he shadowed doctors at the UCLA Harbor Hospital as he pursues his goal of going to medical school.
From the list of 20 candidates in each sport, a national media committee will select 10 finalists in both divisions in October for the 2007 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. Those ten names will then be placed on the official ballot for a nationwide vote beginning October 16 and concluding November 21. Fan balloting will be coupled with votes from coaches, media and sponsors to determine the recipient of the award. Winners will be announced during the NCAA Soccer Championships, scheduled on December 14-16 in Cary, NC.
"We are excited to get the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award started for the 2007-08 academic school year," said Bob Gfeller, Lowe's senior vice president of marketing and advertising. "The awards program is active on college campuses from fall through spring, recognizing student athletes for pursuing excellence in all facets of life. Each of these 2007 soccer candidates has demonstrated tremendous characteristics in the classroom and their community as well as on the playing field."
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the award was launched during the 2001-02 season in response to the trend of college basketball players leaving college early to turn professional. The award was conceived by sportscaster Dick Enberg, who continues to serve as Honorary Chairman, and has recognized winners in men's and women's basketball for six years.
Lowe's extended the award in the spring of 2007 to include four other NCAA sports: baseball, softball, men's hockey and men's lacrosse. With the addition of men's and women's soccer in fall 2007, a total of eight sports are now included in the awards program.