OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Senior goalie Matt Di Girolamo was among a group of twenty NCAA® men's ice hockey student-athletes who excel both on and off the ice that were selected as candidates for the 2012 Lowe's Senior CLASS 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. The complete list of candidates follows this release.
Di Girolamo went 22-11-6 in 2010-11, posted a 2.44 GAA and a .923 save percentage. He posted a pair of shutouts and ranked in the top three in every net-minding category in Hockey East, including first in minutes, second in save percentage, and third in GAA. Di Girolamo also received several honors for the 2010-11 season: Hockey East Honorable Mention All-Star, Hockey East Athletic Republic Player of the Week (11/8), Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week (four times), Inside College Hockey National Player of the Week (11/8), and Hockey East Goaltender of the Month for December, in which he was unbeaten (3-0-0), and March.He was one of 10 Wildcats named to the Hockey East All-Academic Team. Di Girolamo finished as the program's single-season save leader with 1,145 saves in 39 games. His 1,145 saves are the most by any netminder in the nation.
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 2012 candidate class includes three student-athletes who participated in last year's national semifinals and championship and one first-team U. S. College Hockey Online (USCHO) and American Collegiate Hockey Association All-American. Eleven of the 20 have maintained a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or better. Eleven of the candidates play for teams ranked in the USCHO.com preseason top 20 poll. Lowe's, an official Corporate Partner of the NCAA, will announce the Senior CLASS Award® winner during the 2012 NCAA Men's Frozen Four®, which will be held April 5 and 7 in Tampa.
The 20 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 men's coaches and fans who will select one finalist who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition.
For more information on all the candidates, visit seniorCLASSaward.com.
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Men's Ice Hockey Candidates
Chad Billins, Defender, Ferris State
Jack Connolly, Center, Minnesota-Duluth
Tommy Cross, Defender, Boston College
Mike Daly, Defender, Holy Cross
Matt Di Girolamo, Goaltender, New Hampshire
Sean Duddy, Defender, Ohio State
Brad Eidsness, Goaltender, North Dakota
Ryan Flanigan, Forward, Merrimack
Scott Greenham, Goaltender, Alaska-Fairbanks
Chris Haltigin, Defender, RIT
Doug Jones, Forward, Dartmouth
Drew LeBlanc, Forward, St. Cloud State
Sean Lorenz, Defender, Notre Dame
Jack Maclellan, Forward, Brown
Taylor Matson, Forward, Minnesota
Will O'Neill, Defender, Maine
Cody Reichard, Goaltender, Miami (Ohio)
Keir Ross, Defender, Cornell
Ian Slater, Forward, Western Michigan
Paul Weisgarber, Forward, Air Force