March 10, 2009
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Notre Dame’s Peter Christman (Simsbury, Conn./Westminster School) and Ryan Hoff (Baldwin, Md./Dulaney) are among a list of 30 NCAA Division I men’s lacrosse players who have been selected as candidates for the 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 those leaders to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact on their circle of influence. This marks the third year for the men’s lacrosse division of the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award.
Christman, a midfielder, has been a starter in all four games this season and has 10 points on four goals and six assists. Christman started all 17 games last season and posted career-high numbers in goals (14), assists (20) and points (34). Overall, he has played in every possible game (51) during his Fighting Irish career. Christman has started 24 contests and has totaled 62 points on 29 goals and 33 assists. The team captain boasts a 3.622 cumulative grade-point average as a political science major in the College of Arts and Letters. Christman was named to the dean’s list in the fall of 2008 with a 3.883 semester GPA.
Fighting Irish senior attackman Ryan Hoff.
Hoff, an attackman, has deposited nine goals this season, including a hat trick in a 9-7 win over No. 3 North Carolina on March 8. Hoff currently ranks fourth in program history with 111 career goals. He is the only player in Notre Dame history to notch back-to-back 40-goal seasons. Hoff scored 40 as a sophomore in 2007 and followed with 41 tallies one season ago en route to earning honorable-mention All-America honors. He also has played in all 51 contests during his career. Hoff has started 48 games and has totaled 121 points (111g, 10a). The senior carries a 3.230 cumulative grade-point average as a marketing major in the Mendoza College of Business. Hoff was a dean’s list member in the fall of 2008 as he posted a 3.883 semester GPA.
Both student-athletes are heavily involved in the community service efforts of the Notre Dame men’s lacrosse team. That work includes a mentorship program at local middle schools along with numerous other projects. Last year, the Irish men’s lacrosse team garnered the Trophy Award, which is presented annually to the Notre Dame team that has demonstrated its commitment and dedication to the community through unparalleled community service to Notre Dame and South Bend.
From the list of 30 candidates, a national media committee will select 10 finalists for the 2009 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award at the end of March. Those 10 names will then be placed on the official ballot for a nationwide vote beginning March 26 and concluding May 7. Fan balloting will be coupled with votes from coaches and media to determine the recipient of the award. Winners will be announced during the 2009 NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse Championships in Foxborough, Mass., scheduled for May 23-25.
The fourth-ranked Fighting Irish will look to move to 5-0 on the season when they face Bucknell on Thursday, March 12 in Betheseda, Md.
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