Dec. 15, 2009
CARY, N.C. - LMU senior goalkeeper Patrick Sampson has been named to the 2009 Lowe's Senior CLASS All-Senior All-American Second Team, it was announced over the weekend. Sampson is the only male representative from the West Coast Conference and the second LMU men's soccer player to be named to the Lowe's All-American team, joining Trini Gomez, who was a First Team selection in 2007.
At the beginning of the 2009 season, Sampson (Lake Oswego, Ore.) became the third LMU men's soccer player in as many years to be named one of the 30 candidates for the Senior CLASS Award, joining Trini Gomez in 2007 and Stephen Carlson last season. A fifth-year senior, Sampson came on strong at the end of the year, leading LMU to a 3-0-1 finish with two shutouts in the final two weekends. Sampson posted a 2-1-1 record in WCC play with a 1.10 goals-against-average and 27 saves to gain Second Team All-West Coast Conference honors and help LMU return to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2004. On November 1 at San Francisco, he posted a WCC season-high 14 saves, also a career-best, and was the WCC Player of the Week for November 2-8. He was an All-WCC Second Team selection last year.
Sampson won LMU's starting goalkeeper position last fall and proceeded to earn Second Team All-WCC and WCC All-Academic honors. On the field, he turned in the second-best goals-against-average (0.87) in program history while helping the Lions more than double their win total from the previous year. Off the field, Sampson is a member of the LMU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and is a Student-Athlete Mentor. The past two summers, he has secured high-level internships in the field of wealth management, interning with Smith Barney in Chicago in 2008 and with Sampson Investment Management in 2009. He carries a 3.49 grade-point-average as a Business major.
From an initial list of 30 candidates, 10 finalists were selected by a nationwide panel in October. Fan balloting, along with the voting of college coaches and national media, helped determine the first and second teams, along with the overall award winner. Penn State forward Jason Yeisley was named the winner of the 2009 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award in men's soccer, receiving his trophy on Friday, December 11 during the College Cup in Cary, N.C.
For a complete list of the 2009 Lowe's Senior CLASS All-Senior All-American teams, click here .
ABOUT THE AWARD
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in SchoolTM, the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award honors the attributes of senior student-athletes in four areas: classroom, community, 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 that a senior season can bring. Sportscaster Dick Enberg, Honorary Chairman 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 the past two years to include a total of nine NCAA® Division I sports - football, men's and women's soccer, men's ice hockey, men's lacrosse, baseball and softball in addition to men's and women's basketball. The award is sponsored by Lowe's, an official Corporate Partner of the NCAA®, and managed by Premier Sports Management. For more information, visit www.seniorclassaward.com.