DURHAM, N.C. – For her domination on the field, in the classroom and in the community, Duke standout senior Imani Dorsey has been named one of 30 candidates for the 2017 Senior CLASS Award, which was announced Friday afternoon.
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.
Other candidates include Michaela Abam (West Virginia), Chidera Akubuilo (UNLV), Alex Anthony (USC), Alexa Ben (DePaul), Rachel Bloznalis (Boston), Lauren Clem (Northwestern), Kristen Dodson (Auburn), Eliza Doll (Colgate), Jessica Frey (Northern Kentucky), Zoey Goralski (UCLA), Maja Green (CSU Bakersfield), Alyssa Heintschel (Ball State), Carlin Hudson (Yale), Alexis Kiehl (Dayton), Allison LaDuke (Saint Francis), Jovani McCaskill (CSUN), Savannah McCaskill (South Carolina), Kristin Moyer (Portland State), Brooke Murphy (New Hampshire), Kiana Palacios (UC Irvine), Alyssa Riporti (Lehigh), Becca Rolfe (High Point), Gabby Seiler (Florida), Clare Shea (Army), Andi Sullivan (Stanford), Martha Thomas (Charlotte), Rachel Thun-Blankenship (Tulsa), Michele Tremblay (Siena) and Chloe Williams (Eastern Washington).
A native of Elkridge, Md., Dorsey is a two-time All-ACC selection and a 2016 CoSIDA Academic All-American. The senior star has been Duke’s leader through an impressive 2017 campaign so far, pacing the Blue Devils with eight goals, two assists and 18 points. The three-time TopDrawerSoccer.com Team of the Week honoree has led Duke to a program record nine-straight victories after Thursday night’s 3-0 victory at No. 18 Notre Dame.
Her offensive prowess has propelled the Blue Devils to a perfect September so far, as Duke has gone 6-0-0 and outscored opponents 15-1, with Dorsey contributing five of those goals. The environmental science and policy major is also a three-time ACC Honor Roll and All-ACC Academic Team member and has been named to the Dean’s List in the Fall and Spring of 2015.
Each of the two candidate classes will be narrowed 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 one male candidate and one female candidate who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition.
The Senior CLASS Award winners will be announced during the 2017 NCAA Men’s and Women’s College Cup® championships in December.
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