Aug. 17, 2011
Los Angeles, CA -
UCLA soccer players Andy Rose and Sydney Leroux have been nominated for the 2011 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. The award honors male and female soccer players for their accomplishments both on and off the field.
Rose, a senior midfielder/defender, has upheld a 3.233 cumulative grade point average in Sociology and is on track to graduate after the Fall quarter after just three years and one quarter. He has twice earned Pac-10 All-Academic honors and has been on the UCLA Athletic Director's Honor Roll seven times in his first three years. Andy has also volunteered for UCLA's I'm Going To College program, giving campus tours and doing autograph signings for the collegiate community outreach effort; Adopt-A-Classroom, in which players correspond and meet with elementary school children; and Marathon Kids, a school and community-based fitness program. On the field, Rose helped lead the Bruins to Pac-10 titles in 2008 and 2009. In 2010, he was named team captain and started all 22 games for UCLA. He totaled one goal and four assists on the year, earning first-team All-Pac-10 honors and leading the Bruins to their second consecutive NCAA Quarterfinal appearance.
Leroux, a senior forward, will graduate two quarters ahead of schedule (in December) and has finished four quarters on the UCLA Director's Honor Roll (3.0 GPA & above). Sydney also started her own food program to benefit homeless individuals in Westwood and has spent time volunteering at basketball camps with the Los Angeles Down Syndrome Association. On the field, she was named the team captain for 2011 and also served as captain of the Under-20 U.S. Women's National Team. In addition, Leroux has led UCLA in scoring the last two seasons and already ranks in the top 5 all-time at UCLA in career points (5th), goals (4th) and game-winning goals (4th). Finally, she is the most capped player ever at the Under-20 level for the U.S. and holds the U.S. record for the most goals scored at the U-20 level.
To be eligible for the Lowe's Senior CLASS 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. 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. Each of the 30 candidate classes will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, and those 10 names will be placed on the official ballot.
To view the entire list of nominees, click here.