Merrifield Selected As Candidate For Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award

Merrifield Selected As Candidate For Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award

2009 Yale Captain One Of 30 Division I Players Chosen

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Sophia Merrifield, the Yale women's soccer captain, has been selected as one of 30 candidates for the 2009 Lowe's 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 - classroom, character, community and competition.

Merrifield has started every game of her Yale career and has earned All-Ivy recognition in each of her first three years. Last fall, she was named first team All-New England and second team All-Ivy after helping anchor a Yale defense that posted seven shutouts. In her sophomore year, she was a first team All-Ivy selection and was chosen to the SoccerBuzz All-Northeast Region second team. As a rookie in 2006, she earned second team All-Ivy recognition.

Merrifield, a Honolulu, Hawaii native, is double majoring in physics and mechanical engineering at Yale. She spent the summer working in a mechanical engineering lab at Yale doing experimental fluid dynamics. In the previous three summers she worked at the University of Hawaii as a research assistant in physical oceanography. She has been involved in Relay For Life at Yale and captained a team in her junior year. In addition, she has volunteered with Special Olympics and at a homeless shelter in Hawaii.

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. The 30 candidates will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity