OVERLAND PARK, Ks. - William and Mary senior midfielder Mallory Schaffer was one of 30 NCAA women's soccer players selected as a candidate for the 2012 Senior Class Award, honoring student-athletes who excel both on and off the field. 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 exceptional student-athlete, Schaffer has made her mark at the College and in the local community. The Allison Park, Pa., native is involved in the Williamsburg Community Chapel, leading a Bible Study group of area high school girls. Her ministry duties go beyond the boundaries of conducting weekly bible studies. Mallory also serves as a chaperone for weekend retreats and other social events. As a role model and mentor, she helps with their schoolwork and regularly attends their extracurricular activities. Schaffer also excels in the classroom, as she was named the 2011 CAA Women's Soccer Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
On the pitch, Schaffer was named the 2011 CAA Player of the Year as she also garnered first-team league honors. The awards continued to pile up in 2011 as she was named a First-Team NSCAA All-American, while being named a Soccer MVP Second-Team All-American. Schaffer capped a decorated junior season taking home First-Team Region honors, First-Team VaSID accolades and the VaSID Player of the Year distinction.
Through eight contests this season, the 2012 CAA Preseason Player of the Year leads the league with seven goals and 16 points and has twice been named CAA Player of the Week. For her career, the All-American has netted 38 goals, which is tied for seventh most in school history, while her 89 career points stand at eighth all-time in the Tribe record books.
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 women's Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the 2012 Women's College Cup, which will be held November 30 through December 2 in San Diego.
The 30 women's candidates will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, and those 10 names will be placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, Division I women's coaches and fans who will select one finalist who best exemplify excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition.
information on all the 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. The award is managed by Premier Sports Management.
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