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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Virginia attackman Steele Stanwick has been recognized as one of 20 NCAA men’s lacrosse student-athletes who excel both on and off the field and tabbed as candidates for the men’s lacrosse Lowe’s 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 – classroom, character, community and competition.

An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Lowe’s 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.
Stanwick is one of four players from the ACC on the list of 20 candidates. CJ Costabile (Duke), Joe Cummings (Maryland) and Justin Turri (Duke) also represent the ACC on the list.

Stanwick won the prestigious Tewaaraton Trophy in 2011, given to the nation’s top lacrosse player. The Baltimore, Md., native tallied 21 points (nine goals, 12 assists) in the 2011 NCAA Tournament, helping lift UVa to the program’s fifth NCAA title. Stanwick needs three goals and eight assists to become the seventh player in ACC history to accumulate 100 career goals and 100 career assists.

The All-American and 2011 ACC Player of the Year is on track to graduate in may with a degree in history and a minor in government. He is actively involved in Virginia’s Athletes Committed to Community and Education (A.C.E.) program. A.C.E. was designed as an in-school program for young students to promote classroom success and achievement through a partnership between UVa athletes and local schools. Stanwick also spends time volunteering for the Gene Arnold Memorial Virginia Area 3 Special Olympics Pepsi 10K Run, the biggest fundraiser of the year for the Area 3 Special Olympics. The senior also is active in the Will Barrow Memorial Flag Football Tournament to raise money for the Madison House and the UVa Help Hotline, and Lacrosse Mustache Madness to raise funds for the HEADstrong Foundation.

Lowe’s, an official Corporate Partner of the NCAA, will announce the Senior CLASS Award winner during the 2012 NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse Championship, which will be held May 26 and 28 in Boston.

The 20 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, Division I men’s coaches and fans who will select one finalist who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition.

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