Lizzy Simonin Named Finalist for Lowe's Senior CLASS Award
Oct. 5, 2011
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – University of Memphis senior defender Lizzy Simonin has been named one of 10 finalists for the 2011 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award in NCAA Women’s Soccer. Simonin is the first Lady Tiger to be named a finalist for the prestigious honor.
“This is a fantastic honor and couldn't go to a more deserving person,” head coach Brooks Monaghan said. “She brings so much to this team on and off the field and is a big reason we have had success in recent years and this season. I am delighted for her and we are hoping she can win this 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 – 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.
The finalists were chosen by a media committee from the list of 30 men’s candidates and 30 women’s candidates announced in August. Nationwide fan voting begins immediately to determine the winner. Fans are encouraged to vote on either the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award website or the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award Facebook fan page through November 14. Fan votes will be combined with media and Division I head coaches’ votes to determine the winner.
Lowe’s, an official Corporate Partner of the NCAA, will announce the Senior CLASS Award® winners during the 2011 NCAA Men’s and Women’s College Cup championships. The Women’s College Cup will take place December 2 and 4 in Kennesaw, Ga., while the Men’s College Cup will take place December 9 and 11 in Hoover, Ala.
Simonin has aided Memphis to a program-best 12-0-0 start this season and a program-best No. 6 ranking. The Lee’s Summit, Mo., native has recorded two goals and two assists on the year, but her efforts on defense has helped Memphis limit opponents to just five goals in 12 matches.
In the classroom, Simonin has excelled helping the Lady Tiger program to three-straight NSCAA Team Academic Awards since she arrived on campus. A 4.0 student in the fall semester of 2009, Simonin carries a 3.81 cumulative grade-point average heading into her senior season. She has appeared on the Dean’s List and Tiger 3.0 Club all six semesters of her collegiate career. She was one of the top-30 student-athletes at the University of Memphis the last two semesters as she garnered Tiger Academic 30 honors. She is a three-year recipient of the C-USA Commissioner’s Academic Medal and has appeared on the C-USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll all three years. She is expected to graduate with a physical education teacher education degree in May of 2012.
Voted a captain in her junior season, Simonin displayed amazing character after making a transition from forward to defender for the 2010 season. After registering 13 goals and six assists in her first two seasons, Simonin embraced the transition to defender and helped Memphis tie single-season school record goals-against average of 0.84. Her character is displayed in the classroom as she is one of several student-athletes on the squad sporting a grade-point average above 3.5.
Around the Bluff City, Simonin has used her character to volunteer and give back to the city of Memphis. Having worked as a volunteer at three events during the 2010 season, Simonin gave back to the community at the National Civil Rights Museum in downtown Memphis. Also in the fall of 2010, she assisted in the Americacorp Trick-or-Treat event. Simonin, along with many members of the squad, dressed in Halloween costumes and went around the city collecting donations for under-privileged youth. She also volunteered at the Children’s Museum of Memphis throughout the fall and the spring of 2010. During Christmas each year, Simonin has been an Angel Tree volunteer as well. She also has assisted in developing young soccer players in the various camps at Mike Rose Soccer Complex.
The Lady Tigers return to action on Friday at Mike Rose Soccer Complex for a clash with SMU scheduled for 7 p.m.