OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- Columbia senior midfielder Mike Mazzullo was named one of 30 candidates for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, it was announced on Wednesday. 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.
Mazzullo, who became the first three-time captain in Columbia men's soccer history this spring, earned All-Ivy League honorable mention honors last season after helping the Lions to a tremendous finish down the stretch of the conference season.
Columbia recorded shutouts in its final three Ivy League matches, marking the first time the team has had three straight clean sheets in conference since 1995. The Lions also concluded the 2010 Ivy League campaign with a four-match unbeaten streak (2-0-2), thanks in large part to Mazzullo.
The defensive midfielder topped the team in minutes played with 1,578, and also scored a game-winning goal against Seton Hall that sparked a three-match winning streak to close out the month of September.
A model student, Mazzullo is a history major at Columbia College and maintains a 3.45 GPA. He was named to the Fall Academic All-Ivy League team in 2010.
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.
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.
Mazzullo and the Lions open preseason camp on August 20, in preparation of their opening regular-season contest on Friday, Sept. 2 at Fairfield.