April 2, 2009
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- A 2009 Preseason All-American, Navy senior Andy Tormey (Syracuse, N.Y.) is among the 10 Div. I men's lacrosse players who have been named finalists for the 2009 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award it was announced this week. Tormey, who is the only defenseman on the list and is one of two players to represent the Patriot League for the prestigious award, was selected from a pool of 30 candidates based on personal qualities that define a complete student-athlete.
Joining Tormey as finalists are Matt Abbott (Syracuse,) Jordan Burke (Brown), Michael Colleluori (Hofstra), Brandon Corp (Colgate), Joel Delgarno (Ohio State), Danny Glading (Virginia), Ryan Hoff (Notre Dame), Max Seibald (Cornell) and Grant Zimmerman (North Carolina).
"To be one of the finalists for such a prestigious award as the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award is a once in a lifetime opportunity," said Tormey, who, upon graduation in May, will be commissioned as an Ensign in the Navy and will serve as a Surface Warfare Officer. "I am honored to be considered with these nine individuals, all of whom are more than deserving of this achievement. With the many prominent institutions being represented, I am proud to represent the United States Naval Academy. The opportunities that the Academy has given me are limitless and have allowed me to be the person I am today."
Navy's lone returning starter off last year's third-ranked defensive unit, Tormey he has been the cornerstone of Navy's success on defense this season. A fixture among four consecutive top-four nationally-ranked defensive squads, the 2009 Tewaaraton Award candidate has guided Navy right back to the top again this spring. Ten games into the season, the Midshipmen are ranked No. 4 in scoring defense, giving up 7.00 goals per game.
Tormey is also a member of the Mids' man-down unit that has equalled near perfection in 2009. Navy has yielded just four goals in its opponents' 28 opportunities, an average (.857) that leads the country.
Additionally, he leads the team in caused turnovers with 18, including a career-best five against Georgetown in helping the Mids snap their five-game skid against the Hoyas. He is also second on the team in ground balls, picking up 28 on the year.
Not only has Tormey been acknowledged for excelling on the field, his teammates provided the ultimate show of respect by electing him team captain. It's a position not only respected among his teammates, but it holds great merit within the walls of Bancroft Hall. Tormey holds the rank of Midshipman Lt. Cmdr. within the Hall and speaks on behalf of all the captains for Navy's 32 varsity sports.
Over the summer, Tormey gained great perspective and experienced first-hand the benefits of great leadership. He spent 25 days in the wilderness of Wyoming attending NOLS, otherwise known as the National Outdoor Leadership School. The program prides itself by taking people of all ages on remote wilderness expeditions, teaching technical outdoor skills, leadership, and environmental ethics in some of the world's wildest and most awe-inspiring classrooms.
Added Tormey, "There is nothing like being a senior at the Naval Academy. Throughout the first three years at the Academy you learn about respect, honor and commitment. These are the values that are prevalent in our team culture, starting with the seniors. Being elected the captain of our team has been the biggest honor of my life. The seniors we have here are incredible, soon to be representing nearly all warfare communities in the United States Navy and Marine Corps, including the SEAL and Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) communities; the leadership that they exude on a daily basis is unmatched. To be the leader in such prestigious company is not only humbling, but important in keeping in mind that lacrosse is a top priority now; however we are all at the Academy working towards becoming a part of something greater than ourselves upon graduation. I have truly been blessed with this opportunity and look forward to continuing our success for the rest of the season."
An American Politics and Law major, Tormey has received Patriot League Academic Honor Roll kudos, while also being named to the Commandant's List this past fall.
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 those leaders to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact on their circle of influence. 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: Classroom, Character, Community, and Competition.
The 10 finalists will be placed on the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award men's lacrosse ballot for a nationwide vote beginning immediately and concluding May 7. Fan balloting, available on the award's official website www.seniorclassaward.com, will be combined with votes from coaches and media to determine the recipient of the award. Meanwhile, fans also can vote via text messaging. To vote for Tormey, text LAX9 to 839863.
The 2009 award winner will be announced and presented with the prestigious Lowe's Senior CLASS Award trophy during festivities surrounding the NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championships, scheduled May 23-25 in Foxborough, Mass. The Lowe's All-Senior All-America Team, based on final results of the balloting, will also be recognized.
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