Dec. 14, 2007
LMU senior midfielder Trini Gomez was named to the Lowe's Senior CLASS All-Senior All-America First Team, it was announced Friday. One of ten finalists for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, Gomez is the first Lion to be named to the five-member first team.
Gomez, a Biological Sciences major from Inglewood, was 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. He finished his LMU career with seven goals and six assists for 20 points.
In the classroom, 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.
Gomez was one of five players named to the first team, with another five earning second team honors. The Player of the Year award went to Evan Barnes of the U.S. Naval Academy.
The Lowe's Senior CLASS Award was a season-long ballot that began in September with nominations from Division I schools. The pool was then pared down to a list of 20 candidates and a national media committee selected 10 finalists. Gomez, along with nine other candidates, was placed on the official ballot for a nationwide vote, which ran from October 16-November 21.
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. 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.