Feb. 20, 2013
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - For the fourth straight year the Siena College Men's Lacrosse program can boast a candidate for the prestigious Senior CLASS Award. Senior captain Danny Martinsen was named one of just 20 candidates nationally for the honor Wednesday for excelling both on and off the field.
A native of Smithtown, N.Y., Martinsen's candidacy continues a recent string of Senior CLASS candidates from Siena College. Earlier this year, O.D. Anosike (men's basketball), Lily Grenci (women's basketball), Jannis Opalka (men's soccer) and Lesli Akeo (volleyball) were all the first student athletes in their program's histories to be named candidates.
Martinsen is the fifth men's lacrosse player at Siena to be considered for the honor. Brent Herbst was the College's first-ever candidate in 2010 and John Rogener earned recognition in 2011. Last season, both Tom Morr and Bryan Neufeld were named candidates with Morr becoming the first student athlete in school history to later be named one of ten finalists for the 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 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 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 2013 NCAA Lacrosse Championships in Philadelphia May 25-27.
Throughout his career, Martinsen has excelled in all four criteria outlined in the Senior CLASS Award. A Marketing and Management major who possesses a 2.7 cumulative GPA, Martinsen leads by example as a team captain both on and off the field.
He has been an active participant in the BlueShield of Northeastern "Saints in the Community" program where both he and his teammates played a vital role in Siena winning the MAAC Goodworks Challenge last year for performing the most community service of any school in the conference.
The MAAC Preseason Player of the Year, Martinsen was a First Team All-MAAC and All-MAAC Tournament Team selection last season. As a junior, he ranked second in the MAAC in both scoring (62) and assists (29) and was tied for fourth in goals. A two-time MAAC Offensive Player of the Week, he ranked 14th nationally in points per game (3.88) and 17th in assists (1.81).
Martinsen and the Saints return to action Saturday when they host Binghamton at 1 p.m. at Siena Turf Field.
For more information on Martinsen's nomination and all of this year's candidates, visit seniorCLASSaward.com.
ABOUT THE AWARD
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Senior CLASS Award honors the attributes of senior student athletes in four areas: community, classroom, character and competition. The award program is designed exclusively for college seniors who are utilizing their complete athletic eligibility, remaining committed to their university and pursuing the many rewards a senior season can bring. Premier Sports Management manages the award.