Lehigh's Cameron Omsberg battles for a loose ball versus La Salle.
Sept. 19, 2012
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. – A pair of Patriot League soccer student-athletes picked up national recognition Tuesday as Lafayette women’s soccer goalkeeper Lauren Smedley and Lehigh defender Cameron Omsberg were named candidates for the Senior CLASS Award.
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.
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.
Omsberg and Smedley are one of 30 candidates in each sport up for the award.
Smedley is tied for the League lead with four shutouts, while her 0.85 goals-against average and .833 save percentage rank her second. She has 24 shutouts for her career, placing her sixth all-time in League history.
Smedley has been active off the field as well. Each of the last three summers, she has worked respite care for Caring With Compassion in Red Bank, N.J., where she is a personal caregiver for young adults and children with autism. During the school year, Smedley has also participated in the mentoring program at Easton's alternative school, in which she aids middle school children in their schoolwork and helps mentor children in after-school games and sports. Since arriving at Lafayette, she has also participated in Lafayette's SAAC (student-athlete advisory committee), in which representative athletes from each sport on campus are chosen to act as a liaison between the student-athletes and the NCAA, while also organizing charitable services.
Smedley carries a 3.27 cumulative grade-point average, and has made the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll each of the last two seasons.
Omsberg has played in four of his team’s six matches this season. A defender, he has logged three shots this fall.
Omsberg has impressed in the classroom, owning a 3.28 GPA as a journalism major with a history minor. A member of the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll each of his three years, he was also been a part of the NSCAA Academic Honor Roll. A two-time team captain, Omsberg was the Assistant Editor of Lehigh’s student newspaper, the Brown and White, and he has also participated in a number of off-the-field initiatives. Since his freshman year, he has taken part in “Reading Rocks” through the school’s Community Outreach by Athletes who Care about Helping (C.O.A.C.H.) program. The outfit also helps middle and high school student-athletes and their peers make informed choices regarding their education, drug and alcohol issues, and other factors that may affect reaching their full potential.
The Senior CLASS Award winners will be announced during the 2012 NCAA Men’s and Women’s College Cup championships. The Women’s College Cup will take place November 30 and December 2 in San Diego, while the Men’s College Cup will take place December 7 and 9 in Hoover, Ala.
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.