Feb. 29, 2008
KANSAS CITY, MO - Johns Hopkins senior midfielder Paul Rabil (Gaithersburg, MD/DeMatha) is one of 20 nominees for the 2008 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award in men's lacrosse. The award, presented annually to NCAA Division I student-athletes each year in eight sports, focuses on the "Four C's" of classroom, character, community and competition.
A co-captain on this year's team and a Third Team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American a year ago, Rabil carries a 3.49 cumulative grade point average and will graduate in May with a degree in political science and a minor in entrepreneurship and management. In addition, he has been active with the Blue Jays' Holiday Magic program and has completed a pair of internships over the last two summers.
On the field, Rabil was named a First Team All-American in each of the last two years and earned the McLaughlin Award as the nation's top midfielder a year ago as well. A finalist for the Tewaaraton Trophy as the nation's top player in 2007, Rabil has career totals of 76 goals and 53 assists for 129 points. He was the national scoring leader among midfielders a year ago with 27 goals and 26 assists for 53 points and is on pace to challenge JHU's career scoring record for midfielders. He has helped guide Johns Hopkins to a record of 39-9 and two national championships during his career and the Blue Jays enter Saturday's game against Princeton ranked number one in the nation.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the award was launched in 2001 to honor the attributes of college basketball seniors who fulfill their entire athletic eligibility and pursue the many rewards of a senior season and complete college education. Since that time, Lowe's, an official corporate partner of the NCAA, has expanded the award to include other NCAA sports and the award has developed into the nation's premier tribute to college seniors.
This marks the second year for the men's lacrosse division of the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. Cornell goaltender Matt McMonagle was the inaugural winner in 2007.
From the list of 20 nominees, a national media committee will select 10 finalists for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award in late March 2008. Those ten names will be placed on the official ballot for a nationwide vote that will include coaches, media and fans. The award winner will be announced and recognized at the 2008 NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championships in Foxboro, Massachusetts.
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