Aug. 18, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Amanda DaCosta, a senior member of the nationally ranked Florida State women’s soccer team, has been named a candidate for the 2010 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award. She is one of 30 candidates for the award which is presented annually to the senior in his of her chosen sport that most exemplifies outstanding achievement and excellence in the areas of community, classroom, character and competition.
DaCosta, a midfielder, enters the 2010 season looking to become only the second four-time All-ACC honoree in school histiory. She was an All-ACC First Team selction in 2008 and an All-ACC Second Team selection in both 2007 and 2009. In addition, she earned All-American First Team honors in 2008 and was an All-Southeast Regional All American Second Team selection in 2009.
DaCosta (Ketonah, N.Y./Somers) has also led Florida State to incredible success as a team during her career. As a four-year starer, she has led the Seminoles to the NCAA Championship game in 2007 and to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament in both 2008 and 2009. The Seminoles have a 54-14-7 record (.767 winning percentage) with DaCosta in their starting line-up during the first three years of her career.
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.
A total of 30 Division I women’s soccer players were chosen as candidates out of over 100 nominees for the award. A national media committee will narrow the field down to 10 finalists in early October. The 10 finalists will be placed on a ballot for a nationwide vote. Ballots will be distributed to media, coaches and fans, who will select the candidate who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of classroom, character, community and competition.
DaCosta is one of only two ACC players among the list of 30 candidates for the award. She is joined by only North Carolina’s Ali Hawkins.