Lacrosse: Somers nominated for CLASS award

Former Wilton High standout Sam Somers has been named a candidate for the 2015 men’s lacrosse Senior CLASS Award.

Somers, a senior goalie for the Army men’s lacrosse team, is one of 20 candidates from around the country.

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.

Somers is a two-time member of the Patriot League honor roll and was a member of the league’s all-academic team in 2014. He has a 3.342 grade-point average at West Point as an art, philosophy and literature major. He co-founded the academy’s Persian Club and spent part of the 2013 summer training in Tajikistan, and he is fluent in the Persian language of Farsi.

On the field, he is a two-time second-team all-Patriot League selection and was second in the nation in save percentage (.622) in 2014.

Currently, Somers leads a unit that is third in the nation in scoring defense at 6.88 goals per game. He is fourth in the nation in goals against average at 7.19 after a 5-3 start to the season for the 19th-ranked Black Knights.

“Sam brings great ball-stopping ability and a relentless work ethic and desire to be as great a goalie as he can be,” Head Coach Joe Alberici said. “He is really impressive and not just on the field, which is a reflection of how much film he watches and additional time he spends working outside of practice.”

The 20 Senior CLASS Award candidates will be narrowed to 10 finalists later in the 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 candidate who best exemplifies excellence in the areas of community, classroom, character and competition.

The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced in conjunction with the 2015 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse National Championship in May.

In addition, Somers is one of 50 male lacrosse players from around the country selected to the watch list for the 2015 Tewaaraton Award, which honors the top male and female college lacrosse player in the United States.