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COLUMBUS, Ohio Joel Dalgarno, a senior attackman for the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team, has been named 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.

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 those leaders to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact on their circle of influence.

The list of 30 student-athletes will be narrowed down to 10 finalists midway through the regular season and those 10 names will then be placed on the official ballot. The ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans, who will select the candidate who best exemplifies excellence in the “Four C’s” of Classroom, Character, Community and Competition. The award winner will be announced and presented with his trophy at the 2009 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championship in Foxborough, Mass.

Dalgarno, a native of Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, is a co-captain for the Buckeyes this year. He leads the Buckeyes with seven assists and 17 points and is tied for the team lead with 10 goals this year. He recently took over second place in the Buckeye record books with 183 points, ranking third in goals (tied) and assists all-time. A 2008 honorable mention All-American, Dalgarno is a two-time first-team All-Great Western Lacrosse League selection and was the 2006 league rookie of the year. A family resource management major, Dalgarno is expected to earn his degree this spring. He is a two-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and an Academic All-Big Ten choice. He participates in many of the team’s community service efforts, including working at the Ronald McDonald House and tutoring schoolchildren.