2017 Senior CLASS Award Release
EVANSTON, Ill. – Northwestern senior goalkeeper Lauren Clem has been named one of 30 candidates for the 2017 Senior CLASS Award for soccer, which honors student-athletes who excel both on and off the field.
Candidates for the prestigious award must have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character, and competition. 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.
Clem's presence is felt everywhere in the Evanston community. She is involved in numerous soccer clinics at various parks and schools and provides instruction at AYSO Soccer. Outside of soccer activities, Clem participates in Cycle for Survival, reads to children at the local library, volunteers for the Special Olympics, and spends time at the Y.O.U. Urban Garden. She also promotes healthy living and eating for kids by participating during the Y.O.U. Health Week and volunteering at numerous Fuel Up to Play 60 events.
Northwestern's Assistant Athletic Director for Community Relations, Maureen Palchak, calls Clem "a leader among her peers."
The senior is a psychology major with a minor in global health studies. She was named Academic All-Big Ten in 2016 and is on track to earn the same honor in 2017. Clem was also named a First Team Scholar All-American by the NSCAA last season. She boasts one of the top GPAs on the soccer team, which was honored by the NCAA with an APR Public Recognition award this past year.
Clem has been a leader on the team since she arrived on campus and has been the starting goalkeeper since her first season. She has developed into one of the emotional and vocal leaders of the team and serves on the team's leadership council.
Clem is one of the best active goalkeepers in the country and one of the best in Northwestern history. She was named to the 2017 MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List, given annually to the nation's top player at any position. She holds 40 shutouts to her name, the most in program history and 13th in NCAA history. She was named the 2016 Big Ten Goalkeeper of the Year, while helping to lead Northwestern to its first-ever Big Ten championship, the best record in program history (16-3-4), and the second-ever trip to the NCAA Round of 16. She was named an NSCAA All-American, and the Big Ten named her to its Preseason Honors list for 2017.
A committee will narrow the candidate pool 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 the award winner who best exemplifies excellence in the four areas.
The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the 2017 NCAA College Cup Championship in December.
Release courtesy of Northwestern Athletic Communications