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Vincent among finalists for the Senior CLASS Award in soccer

 

Stanford senior defender Brandon Vincent is one of 10 men's soccer student-athletes selected as finalists for the Senior CLASS Award in collegiate soccer, it was announced Monday.

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.


Brandon Vincent
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the 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 finalists were chosen by a media committee from the list of 30 men's candidates and 30 women's candidates announced in September.

Nationwide fan voting begins immediately to help select the winner. Fans are encouraged to vote on the Senior CLASS Award website through November 23.

Fan votes will be combined with media and Division I head coaches' votes to determine the winner, who will be announced during the NCAA Men's and Women's College Cup championships in December.

A two-time team captain, Vincent was featured in FUEL Soccer Magazine's fall issues. The publication, put together with the help of U.S. Youth Soccer, highlighted his leadership attributes in its "Are You Ready" profiles under the heading "Team Leader."

Academically, the senior is one of 23 Stanford student-athletes majoring in economics, owns a 3.3 GPA and has twice been a Pac-12 all-academic selection.

Vincent, the only Pac-12 representative on the men's candidate list, is one of the most accomplished players in collegiate soccer and has led the Cardinal to its most successful two-season stretch in a decade.

"Not only is he a solid player, he's a solid person," Cardinal coach Jeremy Gunn said after Stanford's 2-2 tie against UCLA on Friday night.

Stanford is currently ranked third in the nation, eighth in the official NCAA RPI and sits at the top of the Pac-12 table with the country's 11th-best defense by goals against average (0.61)

Stanford (11-1-2, 4-0-2) hasn't lost since a season-opening setback at UC Santa Barbara, is unbeaten in 13 straight and has won 11 in that stretch.

The Cardinal has only had one better run in program history, when it went 20 straight without a loss from Oct. 25, 1996 to Oct. 26, 1997. Stanford is also unbeaten in its last 14 conference matches dating to last season, going 9-0-5 over that span.

Offensively, Vincent is third on the team with four goals in 2015, and has 10 over Stanford's last 30 matches after scoring just once in his first 41 career games.

In addition to receiving first team All-America honors as a junior, Vincent was also the Pac-12's Defensive Player of the Year, an All-Pac-12 first team selection and earned his second consecutive Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention nod.

This season, Vincent is on the MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List, the TopDrawerSoccer Preseason Best XI First Team and the Preseason All-Pac-12 squad.

In early August, he was one of 28 collegians called by U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team head coach Andi Herzog for the first College Identification training camp and scored the United States' third goal in its 3-1 win over Club Tijuana's Segunda Premier Team, a result which wrapped up the camp on August 7.

Women's field hockey

Senior goalkeeper Dulcie Davies was honored as the America East Defensive Player of the Week on Monday for her efforts in Stanford's win over conference foe UC Davis last week. The honor is the second of the season for Davies, who is currently ranked third in the NCAA in save percentage (.827).

Davies (science, technology and society) posted a perfect week for the Cardinal as she allowed no goals in nearly 61 minutes of action against UC Davis, while posting a save as Stanford topped the Aggies 5-1. In addition to her save percentage, Davies is ranked in three additional categories in the NCAA: seventh in Goals Against Average (1.12), 18th in win-loss percentage (.688) and 28th in Saves Per Game (5.38).

Stanford will close out its 2015 regular season this Friday as the Cardinal will host America East foe Pacific at 6 p.m.

— Stanford Athletics

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