Oct. 6, 2009
Loyola women's soccer forward Theresa Ferraina (Long Branch, N.J.) and men's soccer defender Tennant McVea (Belfast, Northern Ireland) were named one of ten finalists in their respective sports for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award Monday evening. Loyola is the only school in the nation with a finalist in both men's and women's soccer. 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.
Ferraina has started all 13 games at forward for the Greyhounds and currently has recorded three goals, three assists and nine points on the season. The 5-foot-3 forward also has taken a team-high 30 shots this season After being named to the 2009 MAAC Preseason All-Conference Team, Ferraina went on to win the MAAC Offensive Player of the Week award after recording a goal and assisting on two game-winners in the first week of the season. Ferraina also scored a game-tying goal at Old Dominion.
Ferraina was an ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-America First Team honoree last season while posting a perfect 4.0 grade point average for her undergraduate career. She graduated in May with a bachelor's degree in business and is playing her final year of eligibility as a graduate student at Loyola.
Last season, while earning All-MAAC First Team laurels, Ferraina led the Greyhounds in scoring with nine goals and eight assists for 26 total points. Her eight assists led the conference and tied the single-season school record. With 21 goals, 16 assists and 58 points in her career thus far, she ranks in the school's top six in each category.
Joining Ferraina among the finalists are: Elizabeth Betterbed (United States Military Academy); Kelsey Davis (Portland); Kristi Eveland (North Carolina); Lauren Lopez (UNC-Greensboro); Blakely Mattern (South Carolina) Lizzy Nichols (Harvard); Kelley O'Hara (Stanford); Emily Peterson (Texas A&M); and Myra Sack (Dartmouth).
A full-time starter at center back for Loyola, McVea has led the Greyhounds' defense to three shutouts and helped limit opponents to just a 1.07 goals against average this season. McVea has also taken four shots this year.
McVea became the first Loyola men's soccer player to earn All-America First Team honors from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America/adidas since 1993 when he achieved the feat last season. He was tabbed the MAAC Defensive Player of the Year for the second-consecutive season and earned All-MAAC First Team honors, too.
In addition to his All-America recognition, McVea was an All-North Atlantic Region First Team member while captaining a defense that posted 12 shutouts during the season, helping the Greyhounds reach the NCAA College Cup for the second year in a row. His leadership helped Loyola finish tops in the MAAC and 14th in the country in goals against average (0.66).
Earlier this season, McVea was one of three Loyola men's soccer players to be named to the 2009 Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy Watch List. He was also tabbed a preseason All-American by College Soccer News.
Joining McVea among the finalists are: Zak Boggs (South Florida); Ronnie Bouemboue (North Carolina State); Richard Edgar (George Mason); Rylan Hawkins (Washington); Patrick Sampson (Loyola Marymount); Zack Schilawski (Wake Forest); Eric Weigman (IUPUI); Jason Yeisley (Penn State); and Ben Zemanski (Akron).
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in SchoolTM, 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. The finalists were chosen by a media committee from the list of 30 men's candidates and 30 women's candidates that were announced in August.
These 20 names will be placed on the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award soccer ballot for a nationwide vote beginning today and concluding November 13. Fan balloting will be available on the award's official Web site. Click here to vote for Ferraina, and click here to cast a ballot for McVea. Fans can text SOCCER to 74567 to vote for men's finalists and GOAL to 74567 to vote for women's finalists. These votes will be combined with votes from coaches and media to determine the recipient of the award.