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March 4, 2015

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia midfielder Ryan Tucker has been recognized as one of 20 NCAA student-athletes tabbed as candidates for the men’s lacrosse Senior CLASS Award for excellence on and off the field. 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 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.

Tucker, a senior from Towson, Md., is a preseason All-American and one of UVa’s four captains. Tucker is currently No. 18 all-time at UVa in career goals by a midfielder with 58. Tucker has six goals and five assists through the first four games of the 2015 season.

Tucker is one of three players from the ACC on the list of 20 candidates. Kevin Rice (Syracuse) and Joey Sankey (North Carolina) also represent the conference on the list.

The candidate class will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, and those names will be placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans, who will select one finalist who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition.The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced in conjunction with the 2015 NCAA Lacrosse Championships in Philadelphia May 23-25.

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