Senior CLASS Award: Vote For Charlie Lyon
Oct. 22, 2014
MILWAUKEE -- Marquette University redshirt senior Charlie Lyon has been named one of 10 finalists for the men's soccer Senior CLASS Award, it was announced Wednesday. Nationwide voting has begun and runs through Nov. 24.
We encourage you to please vote for Charlie. Fans can vote once everyday up to the deadline.
Tabbed as "the nation's premier award for NCAA senior student-athletes," the 10 finalists were chosen by a media committee from the list of 30 original candidates announced in August. Fans can vote for finalists on the Senior CLASS Award website. Those votes will be combined with media and NCAA Division I head coaches' votes to determine the winner, which will be announced in December.
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.
To be eligible for the award, student-athletes must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence -- community, classroom, character and competition.
Lyon has maintained a 3.887 cumulative GPA while studying biomedical sciences on the pre-medical track at Marquette. He was selected as the 2013-14 BIG EAST Conference Men's Scholar-Athlete of the Year, and he was the sole men's soccer recipient of the 2013-14 BIG EAST Scholar-Athlete Sport Excellence Award. A three-time BIG EAST All-Academic Team selection and member of the Marquette University Dean's List, Lyon was named to the 2013 Capital One Academic All-America First Team and the 2013 NSCAA Men's Scholar All-America Third Team.
Lyon is the athletics representative on Marquette's Student Health Advisory Board (SHAB), which acts as a liaison between the Marquette Medical Clinic and the student body. While serving on the board, Lyon promoted healthy lifestyle choices on campus and raised awareness of the health services the university makes available to its students.
Off the pitch, Lyon has passionately served his community since his arrival at Marquette. In the summer of 2012, Lyon and a few of his teammates traveled to Tuscaloosa, Alabama to work with Habitat for Humanity to rebuild a tornado-ravaged home. In early 2013, Lyon worked on a campaign that raised $31,542.50 over a three-month period to fund a "MobilePack" event for the Feed My Starving Children organization. He was one of 300 volunteers who spent an entire day packing 110,000 meals for malnourished children in Haiti. Lyon has also volunteered weekly at the Milwaukee Humane Society, participated in Marquette's Hunger Clean-Up event and volunteered at a local senior center.
Lyon became a Senior CLASS Award candidate after his first two seasons as the Golden Eagles' starting goalkeeper. In those first two campaigns, Lyon amassed a 29-11-3 record and tied a single-season school record with 10 shutouts in each season. Lyon led Marquette to its second BIG EAST Conference regular season championship in three years in 2013 in addition to MU's first-ever BIG EAST tournament championship as the Golden Eagles advanced to the Round of 16 of the 2013 NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Championship. The St. Charles, Ill., native also received the BIG EAST Co-Goalkeeper of the Year award, NSCAA/Continental Tire All-Great Lakes Region Third Team recognition, and earned a spot on the All-BIG EAST First Team following the team's postseason run. He has been ranked as high as No. 28 on the TopDrawerSoccer.com Men's National Top 100 list.
Lyon has had an impressive 2014 season to build on his already strong resume and became a finalist for the 2014 Senior CLASS Award. Lyon currently ranks sixth among all active NCAA Div. I goalkeepers with 28 career shutouts (tied with Jim Welch for most in MU history). His goals against average of 0.40 currently ranks fourth in NCAA Div. I and his save percentage of .875 ranks seventh. Lyon has played every minute in goal so far in 2014 for the Golden Eagles. He posted seven consecutive shutouts at Valley Fields from Nov. 24, 2013 through Oct. 11, 2014 and set a program record with eight straight shutouts from Sept. 5 through Oct. 11, including a stretch of 804:58 minutes without conceding a goal (also a school record). Lyon's consecutive shutout minutes streak was among the all-time longest streaks in NCAA Div. I history. Lyon currently owns a career goals against average of 0.76, currently the best mark in MU history, and a career save percentage of .825 (currently second all-time).
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