April 4, 2012
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Siena Lacrosse senior captain Tom Morr has been named a finalist for the 2012 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award as revealed Wednesday morning in Overland Park, Kan. Morr is one of just 10 finalists nationally for this prestigious award and the only goalie on the list.
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.
In February, Morr was one of just 20 candidates selected in the original voting for the award along with classmate Bryan Neufeld. At that time, Siena and Duke were the only two programs in the country with multiple nominees.
This marks the third straight year in which Siena Lacrosse has had a candidate for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, but first time ever in which the program has had a finalist. In 2010 John Rogener was one of just 20 initial candidates as was Brent Herbst in 2009.
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.
A native of Rockville Centre, N.Y., Morr is in his second season as a team captain. A Preseason All-MAAC selection, Morr has already been a three-time MAAC Defensive Player of the Week this season. Morr has posted a 10.79 goals against average and .543 save percentage between the pipes so far this year and ranks fourth nationally averaging 12.67 saves per game.
Off the field, Morr has equally exemplified excellence in the areas of academics, community and character. In the classroom, Morr is a three-time MAAC All-Academic Team selection and holds a cumulative GPA of 3.41 while majoring in history. Off the field, Morr has played a vital role in the men's lacrosse program's active involvement year around in the "Saints in the Community" program. He, along with his teammates make several visits annually and cook dinner at the Ronald McDonald House, and have participated each year in the Center for Disability Services telethon. He and his teammates have made a donation to the event each year while also answering phone calls and taking pledges. Last year, the event raised $1.96 million. Morr has also been active in working at youth leagues and lacrosse camps both in and around Siena and at home.
The finalists were chosen by a media committee from the list of 20 candidates announced in February. Nationwide fan voting begins immediately to determine the winner. Fans are encouraged to vote on the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award website through May 14. Fan votes will be combined with media and Division I men's head coaches' votes to determine the winner.
Lowe's, an official Corporate Partner of the NCAA, will announce the Senior CLASS Award® winner during the 2012 NCAA Division I Men's Lacrosse Championship, which will be held May 26 and 28 in Boston.
For more information on all the finalists, visit seniorCLASSaward.com.
Lowe's Senior CLASS Award Men's Lacrosse Finalists
CJ Costabile, Long Stick Midfield, Duke
Joe Cummings, Attack, Maryland
Matt Kawamoto, Defense, Ohio State
Matthew Mackrides, Attack, Penn State
Kiel Matisz, Midfield, Robert Morris
Tom Morr, Goalie, Siena
Rob Pannell, Attack, Cornell
Kevin Randall, Defense, Notre Dame
Steele Stanwick, Attack, Virginia
Chad Wiedmaier, Defense, Princeton