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Baskind, Bonner Named 2011 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award Candidates for Women's Soccer

(l-r) Harvard's Melanie Baskind, Cornell's Sidra Bonner
(l-r) Harvard's Melanie Baskind, Cornell's Sidra Bonner

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- Harvard's Melanie Baskind and Cornell's Sidra Bonner were among thirty NCAA® women’s soccer student-athletes who excel both on and off the field were selected as candidates Tuesday for the 2011 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award in collegiate soccer. 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 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.

Baskind has helped the Crimson win two conference titles and reach the NCAA tournament in 2008 and 2009. In addition, Baskind has been a three-time All-Ivy League player and garnered Ivy Rookie of the Year honors in 2008 and first-team honors in 2010. As a junior, Baskind tied for the team lead in goals with nine and was second with 22 points. Entering her senior season, she ranks 10th in Harvard history with 19 goals, 11th with 17 assists and ninth with 55 points. She has also earned All-Ivy League honors twice in lacrosse.

In the classroom, Baskind is a neurobiology concentrator and has a secondary concentration in global health and healthy policy. She also owns a citation in Spanish and visited the Harvard Summer School in Argentina after her freshman year. She has attained Academic All-Ivy League honors three times and ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District twice, including 2010 when she earned a spot on the Academic All-America second team. Melanie is a pre-med student, who is interested in pursuing a career in pediatrics.

Bonner is a three-time All-Ivy selection on the defensive side of the field and a dangerous offensive threat on set pieces. She earned second-team all-league honors after anchoring the Big Red back line that allowed nine fewer goals in 2010 than in 2009. She started in all 15 of the team’s games and contributed on the offensive end with a goal. Bonner was an honorable mention All-Ivy League selection as a sophomore, while also leading the team in scoring with six points on three goals from her center back position.She was an honorable mention All-Ivy League pick as a freshman, anchoring the back line to an improved defensive performance from her center back position.

Bonner has a 3.39 grade point average while majoring in Biology and Society with a minor in Global Health. She was an Academic All-Ivy League selection as a junior in 2010 and also earned a spot on the Dean’s List. Bonner is a Jackie Robinson Scholar and a Sachs Foundation Scholar at Cornell. She was part of a team honored by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America as a recipient of the 2010 Team Academic Award. The 2010 Big Red women’s soccer team posted a GPA of 3.20 overall.

The 2011 men's and women's soccer candidate class includes 15 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-Americans from last season. Half of the 60 have maintained a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or better. Ten of the candidates were recognized by the College Sports Information Directors of America as 2010 Academic All-Americans. Twenty-six of the candidates play for teams ranked in the NSCAA’s preseason top 25 polls. Six student-athletes participated in the 2010 NCAA Men’s or Women’s College Cups®. Lowe’s, an official Corporate Partner of the NCAA, will announce the Senior CLASS Award® winners during the 2011 NCAA Men’s and Women’s College Cup championships. The Women’s College Cup will take place December 2 and 4 in Kennesaw, Ga., while the Men’s College Cup will take place December 9 and 11 in Hoover, Ala.

Each of the 30 candidate classes 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, 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.

Women’s Soccer 2011 Candidates

Name Position School
Melanie Baskind Midfielder/Forward Harvard
Jana Basubas Midfield Lehigh
Kathleen Beljan Defender Dayton
Sidra Bonner Defender Cornell
Colleen Boyd Goalkeeper Oregon State
Kate Deines Midfield Washington
Danielle Foxhoven Forward Portland
Katy Frierson Midfielder Auburn
CoCo Goodson Defender UC Irvine
Chelsea Hatcher Midfielder/Forward Tennessee
Melissa Henderson Forward Notre Dame
Bianca Henninger Goalie Santa Clara
Laura Heyboer Forward Michigan State
Tori Huster Midfielder Florida State
Mo Isom Goalkeeper LSU
Kelsey Kearney Goalkeeper UNC Greensboro
Natalie Kulla Goalkeeper Marquette
Sydney Leroux Forward UCLA
Krista Lopez Forward Oklahoma State
Paige Maxwell Forward Ohio State
Kerry McBride Defender/Midfielder Marquette
Teresa Noyola Midfield Stanford
Kelly Reinwald Midfielder Canisius
Aline Reis Goalkeeper Central Florida
Chandra Salmon-Christensen Defender Utah State
Casey Short Midfielder Florida State
Lizzy Simonin Defender Memphis
Jasmyne Spencer Forward Maryland
Jessica Teahan Goalkeeper Missouri State
Ingrid Wells Midfield Georgetown