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'Crusader of The Year', Summit's McKenna Named Finalist for Senior CLASS Award; Fan Voting Open Through May 11

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Terry McKenna, former Summit High School (SHS) Varsity Lacrosse Team standout, has been named one of 10 finalists for the Senior CLASS Award. Credits: goholycross.com
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SUMMIT, NJ - Terry McKenna, former Summit High School (SHS) Varsity Lacrosse Team standout -- and current senior midfielder at The College of the Holy Cross -- has been named one of 10 finalists for an award recognizing the top NCAA men's lacrosse student-athletes who excel both on and off the field.
 
The Senior CLASS Award in collegiate lacrosse is presented to a student athlete, classified as an NCAA Division I senior, who has made notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character, and competition. 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 national media from the list of 30 candidates announced in March. Nationwide fan voting is underway to help select the winner, and fans are encouraged to submit votes online at the Senior CLASS Award website through May 11. Fan votes will be combined with those of the media and Division I head coaches to determine the winners. The Senior CLASS Award recipient will be announced during the 2015 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse National Championships in Philadelphia, May 23-25.
 
 
McKenna has also been recently been named 2014-15 Crusader of the Year. The award was presented at the 60th annual Holy Cross Varsity Club dinner on May 2.

During the 2015 campaign, he ranked third on the team in scoring with 28 points on 19 goals and nine assists. A two-time second team All-Patriot League selection, McKenna finished his career with 76 goals and 27 assists for 103 points.

Off the field, he has named to the Academic All-Patriot League team three times, in addition to being a three-time selection to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll. McKenna is also the team's coordinator for its involvement with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Massachusetts, and organized the team's participation in the Rodman Ride for Kids.
 
Noted in McKenna's bio on seniorclassaward.com, are the following achievements:



Classroom

McKenna has a 3.57 career grade-point average, and has earned Patriot League All-Academic Team honors in 2013 and 2014. He has received Patriot League Academic Honor Roll accolades three times: 2012, 2013, and 2014.

Character

Respected by his teammates and coaches, McKenna has twice been named team captain.

Community

McKenna is the point person for the team’s participation in Big Brothers Big Sisters, which allows them to build relationships with and mentor kids.

Competition

McKenna earned second-team All-Patriot League honors in 2014, and he is only the sixth Crusader to ever receive All-Patriot League accolades. He was named the team’s 2014 Offensive Player of the Year Award and was a second-team All-New England selection in 2013. He won the team’s Rookie of the Year Award in 2012 and, prior to this season, had 57 goals and 18 assists for 75 career points along with 72 career ground balls.
 
McKenna was a three-year member of the Hilltopper Varsity Lacrosse team, and was named captain and Team MVP as a senior, recording 34 goals, 14 assists, and 70 ground balls in 2011. Among the honors earned by McKenna while at SHS were: US Lacrosse All-American, NJSIAA First Team All-State, First Team All-County, First Team All-Conference, and Second Team Star All-State. Also during his high school senior season, the team captured  the 2011 Group 2 State Championship.  

McKenna was also senior captain and Team MVP of the Varsity Soccer and Basketball Teams, and was named a National Merit Scholar.

The list of 10 finalists includes:
 
Terry McKenna, Midfield - Holy Cross
Erik Adamson, Midfield - University of Denver
Connor Buczek, Midfield - Cornell
Ryan McGee, Attack - Saint Joseph's University
Matt McMahon, Defense - University of Pennsylvania
Conrad Oberbeck, Attack  -  Yale
David Planning, Midfield  - Ohio State
Kevin Rice, Attack - Syracuse University
Joey Sankey, Attack - University of North Carolina
Sam Somers, Goalie - United States Military Academy

For more information on the Senior CLASS Award, visit seniorclassaward.com.

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