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 included on a list of 20 nominees for an award recognizing the top NCAA men's lacrosse student-athletes who excel both on and off the field.
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 20 candidates will be narrowed to 10 finalists later in the 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 candidate who best exemplifies excellence in the four C's of community, classroom, character, and competition.
The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced in conjunction with the 2015 NCAA Men's Lacrosse National Championship in May.
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.
Respected by his teammates and coaches, McKenna has twice been named team captain.
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.
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.
Connor Buczek, Midfield - Cornell
Mark DiFrangia, Defense - St. John's (NY)
Tim Edwards, Midfielder - Canisius College
Pat Frazier, Defense - Loyola University Maryland
Austin Geisler, Goalkeeper - High Point University
Richie Hurley, Attack - Siena College
Mike Malave, Midfield - Hofstra University
Ryan McGee, Attack - Saint Joseph's University
Matt McMahon, Defense - University of Pennsylvania
Joe Nardella, Midfield - Rutgers
Conrad Oberbeck, Attack - Yale
David Planning, Midfield - Ohio State
Nikko Pontrello, Attack - Loyola University Maryland
Kevin Rice, Attack - Syracuse University
Joey Sankey, Attack - University of North Carolina
Sam Somers, Goalie - United States Military Academy
Dan Taylor, Attack - Lehigh University
Ryan Tucker, Midfield - Virginia
For more information on the Senior CLASS Award, visit seniorclassaward.com.