Sept. 18, 2008
Fairfield, CT - Senior Matt Jones (Stoke-on-Trent, England) has been nominated for the 2008 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. The award, given annually to senior student-athletes across nine NCAA Division I sports, honors dedication and achievement in four areas: Classroom, Character, Community, and Competition.
Jones has started every game the Pioneers have played over the last three seasons. Last year Jones was between the pipes for all 19 Sacred Heart games. He finished the season tied for second in the league with seven shutouts. He was also fourth in the conference in save percentage (.833) and goals against average (0.91). His play earned him First Team All-Northeast Conference and Second Team All-Mideast Region Honors. He was also a Second Team All-NEC and All-Region selection as a freshman in 2005.
"Matt is one of the best goalkeepers in the conference," head coach Joe Barroso said. "His experience playing in England growing up put him ahead when he came here. He has become a star at this level and has the potential to go on to play professionally."
Jones is pursing a Bachelor's of Science in Business and maintains a 3.6 GPA, which has earned him a spot on the Northeast Conference Academic Honor Roll.
Jones has been involved in several on-going community service projects at Sacred Heart. He volunteers his time at the Fairfield Strength Form and Conditioning Program which helps kids of all age ranges build physical attributes such as strength in addition to reinforcing confidence. There is also a program for children with disabilities in which they help to strengthen and increase range of motion. Jones also works at several soccer clinics and camps in Connecticut and in his native England where he works to develop soccer as a life tool for children. Jones also works at several soccer clinics and camps in Connecticut and also in his native England helping to develop soccer as a life tool to improve children's life both on and off the field.
As a team captain, Jones has become a true leader and example for the Sacred Heart men's soccer team. "He is always willing to do more than is asked of him," Barroso said. "He is someone people feel comfortable coming to if they ever need advice/help and is an active mentor for younger members of the team."
The field of nominated student-athletes for the award includes players from the Big East, Big Ten, ACC, and Pac-10 conferences. In all 30 student-athletes were nominated, representing 28 schools from 17 conferences.
From the list of 30 candidates, a national media committee will select 10 finalists for the 2008 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award in October. Those 10 names from each division will then be placed on the official ballot for a nationwide vote beginning October 9 and concluding November 19. Fan balloting will be coupled with votes from coaches and media to determine the recipient of the award. Winners will be announced during the 2008 NCAA Division I Women's Soccer Championships in Cary, North Carolina, scheduled for December 5-7, and during the 2008 NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Championships in Frisco, Texas, scheduled for December 12-14.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award honors the attributes of senior student-athletes in four areas: classroom, community, character and competition. The award program is designed exclusively for college seniors who are utilizing their complete athletic eligibility, remaining committed to their university and pursuing the many rewards that a senior season can bring. For more information, visit www.seniorclassaward.com.