Aug 21, 2013
KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Loyola University Maryland men’s soccer senior Stephen Dooley has been named one of 30 candidates for the 2013 Senior CLASS Award.
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.
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 - community, classroom, character and competition.
“Stephen is an excellent character on our team and a credit to our program here at Loyola University Maryland," head coach Mark Mettrick said. "He has excelled both on the field and in the classroom and provides a great example to his teammates. Stephen is a very talented player and highly respected captain of our team. We feel Stephen is an excellent ambassador of our program.”
Dooley has played in 42 games throughout his career, scoring 10 goals and adding 14 assists for 34 points. He was named to the Patriot League’s preseason all-league team this year and has garnered accolades such as NSCAA All-North Atlantic Region Third Team, All-MAAC First Team, NSCAA Scholar All-America Third Team and MAAC All-Academic Team honors. He shared the team lead in assists as a freshman, recording seven, while he also became the first Greyhound since 2010 to record five-plus points in a game, scoring two goals and adding two assists against James Madison last year.
Off the field, Dooley is a Dean’s List honoree and has been involved with various community service events since arriving on campus in 2010, most notably Soccer Without Borders (SWB). The men’s soccer program and Loyola’s Center for Community Service and Justice (CCSJ), in conjunction with SWB, were honored in June with a Community Partner Award for their work in helping the participants of the local refugee program learn to interact in their new home.
Dooley is Loyola’s third men’s soccer student-athlete to be named a Senior CLASS Award candidate. Tennant McVea and Phil Bannister were both candidates and went on to be named finalists in 2009 and 2010, respectively.
In addition, Dooley is one of two Patriot League honorees, as American’s Colin Seigfreid was included on the initial list.
Of this year’s 30 candidates, the list will be narrowed down 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, coaches and fans, who will select one candidate who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition.
The Senior CLASS Award winners will be announced during the 2013 NCAA Men’s College Cup Championships in December.