Oct. 16, 2008
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DAVIS, Calif. -- UC Davis senior midfielder Dylan Curtis has been named one of 10 finalists for the 2008 Men's Soccer Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, it was announced Thursday morning. The award is presented annually to senior student-athletes across nine NCAA Division I sports who best exemplify dedication and achievement in four areas: classroom, character, community and competition.
With the announcement of the finalists, nationwide fan voting is now open at seniorclassaward.com to determine the 2008 winner. Text voting will be available at a later date and will be announced on the senior class website. Voting will conclude November 19. The fans' votes will account for 25 percent of the total with coaches, media and sponsors making up the remaining vote totals.
Curtis, a native of Pleasanton, Calif., is the lone West Coast representative on the ballot and becomes the first UC Davis student-athlete to qualify for consideration. Curtis exceeded all four standards needed to be considered for the award.
"His academic success is great recognition for a young man who works so hard," said Aggie head coach Dwayne Shaffer. "He's deserving of everything he receives. I think it's great for our program because it shows that you can be a great soccer player and work extremely hard at improving yourself and also be a great student and work just as hard in the classroom. He's a great person to have on the team."
Athletically, Curtis excels as the Aggies starting right winger and has been ranked in the top two nationally all season in assists per game. He currently leads all nationally-ranked players in total assists with 10 and is second with a 0.77 apg average. In addition, Curtis was named team captain for the second straight season following his team MVP honors last season. UC Davis is currently 11-1-2 on the season and ranks No. 7 in three national polls.
Academically, Curtis was the 2007 UC Davis Big West Conference Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year and owns a 3.38 GPA as a managerial economics major with only one semester remaining until he completes his degree. He has also been a member of the Intercollegiate Athletics Honor Roll since his freshman year while making the Dean's list in Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and the College of Letters and Sciences.
Finally, Curtis' character and community efforts have been evident with a long list of volunteer efforts, one of which includes co-founding the Davis Senior High School chapter of Young Life, which is a Christian ministry club that reaches out to adolescents in more than 2,500 high schools with weekly meetings and various other activities. He has also volunteered for numerous events that benefit UC Davis Athletics, including the Aggie Auction and Aggie Idol.
The men's winner will be announced during the 2008 NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Championships in Frisco, Texas, scheduled for Dec. 12-14.