COLLEGE PARK, Md. - University of Maryland defender Michael Ehrhardt is one of 20 NCAA men’s lacrosse student-athletes who excel both on and off the field were selected as candidates today for the 2014 Senior CLASS Award® in collegiate men's lacrosse.
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. The complete list of candidates follows this release.
In addition to being a standout on the athletic field Ehrhardt, who is a 2013 second team USILA All-American and a 2014 first team preseason All-American, has demonstrated outstanding leadership as a team captain and a member of the school’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and has been active in community service, including serving as a mentor in the Big Brother Program at Hyattsville Elementary School.
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.
The 2014 candidate class includes five student-athletes who have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher, and six were members of the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association All-America team in 2013.
The candidate class will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, and those 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 finalist who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition. The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the 2014 NCAA Lacrosse Championships in Baltimore May 24-26.