Sept. 18, 2012
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- Clare Stachel (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Central) of the University of Michigan women's soccer team was named Tuesday (Sept. 18) as one of the 30 finalists for the 2012 Senior CLASS Award in collegiate soccer.
Injuries have limited Stachel to two matches this season. For her career, Stachel has started 59 of 61 matches she has played in, scoring 10 career goals and issuing 12 career assists. She is the second three-time team captain in the program's 19-year history, and was an All-Big Ten second team selection last season as a redshirt junior after scoring five goals and three assists. Additionally, Stachel is a two-time Academic All-Big Ten pick, three-time recipient of the U-M Athletic Academic Achievement Award, and the 2011-12 National Strength and Conditioning (NSCA) All-American Athlete of the Year.
To be eligible for the Senior CLASS 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. Each of the 30 candidate classes will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, those names then 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 male candidate and one female candidate who best exemplify excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition. The winner will be announced at the Women's College Cup, held from Nov. 30-Dec. 2 in San Diego, Calif.
Michigan continues Big Ten play Friday (Sept. 21), facing Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minn. The match begins at 7 p.m. CDT.
Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423