March 31, 2010
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Notre Dame senior goalie Scott Rodgers (Wantagh, N.Y./MacArthur) has been named one of 10 finalists for the 2010 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award in the men’s lacrosse division. 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 students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities. The 10 finalists were chosen by a media committee from the list of 20 candidates who were announced in February.
Rodgers is 5-3 this season and boasts a 7.84 goals-against average and a .582 save percentage. He has played 451:46 of a possible 485:57 between the pipes for the Fighting Irish, who boast the nation’s 10th-best defense.
Last season, Rodgers earned third-team All-America honors as he led all Division I goalies in goals-against average (6.14) and save percentage (.663). He started all 16 games in goal for the Fighting Irish in 2009 and led the squad to a 15-1 record, which established program records for wins and winning percentage in a single season. The Long Island native carries a 3.077 cumulative grade-point average as a sociology major in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters.
Rodgers, a two-time team captain, was named a preseason first-team All-American by Inside Lacrosse. He also was the lone goalie selected to the All-BIG EAST Preseason Team.
The 10 finalists will be placed on the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award lacrosse ballot for a nationwide vote beginning March 29 and concluding May 17. Fan balloting is available on the award’s official Web site, http://www.seniorCLASSaward.com, as well as through text messaging. Fans can text LAX to 74567 to vote for the finalists. These votes will be combined with votes from coaches and media to determine the recipient of the award.
“The sport of lacrosse is gaining popularity in different regions of the country, and these student-athletes that represent the sport are part of that reason,” said Tom Lamb, Lowe’s senior vice president of marketing. “Their strong commitment to not only the sport but also the integrity of being a student-athlete will help this sport become more widely played throughout the United States.”
This marks the fourth year for the men’s lacrosse division of the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award. Cornell University midfielder Max Seibald received the award for the 2009 season and Syracuse University attackman Mike Leveille took home the 2008 honor. In 2007, Cornell goalkeeper Matt McMonagle won the inaugural men’s lacrosse award.
This is the second straight season that Notre Dame has had a finalist for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award. Last season, attackman Ryan Hoff garnered the honor.
2010 Lowe's Senior CLASS AwardMen's Lacrosse FinalistsName Position SchoolGavin Buckley Goalkeeper St. John'sKen Clausen Defense VirginiaPierce Derkac Midfield CornellJason Duboe Midfield HarvardRidge Flick Attack Air ForceAndrew Maisano Midfield ArmyThomas Muldoon Attack BrownMax Quinzani Attack DukeScott Rodgers Goalkeeper Notre DameKyle Wimer Midfield UMBC