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COLUMBUS, Ohio Ohio State senior attackman Joel Dalgarno has been named one of 10 finalists for the 2009 Lowe’s Senior Class Award, the organization announced Thursday. 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. Dalgarno and the nine other finalists were selected from a list of 30 candidates.

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.

Fan voting is available now online at seniorclassaward.com, with fan balloting accounting for one-third of the final vote. The remaining two-thirds is determined by NCAA Division I coaches and national media members. You can also vote for Dalgarno by sending texting “LAX5” to 839863.

Dalgarno, from Coquitlam, British Columbia, is a team captain for the Buckeyes this year and is on the 2009 Tewaaraton Watch List. The Buckeyes’ leading scorer this year, he was an honorable mention All-American a year ago, is a two-time first team All-Great Western Lacrosse League selection and was the 2006 GWLL Newcomer of the Year. He has started every game of his Buckeye career and ranks second in career points and goals and third in assists. Dalgarno, who is expected to earn his degree in Family Resource Management: Consumer Affairs this spring, is a two-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and has earned Academic All-Big Ten honors.

The Buckeyes return to action with a game against Quinnipiac at 1 p.m. Saturday in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. It marks Senior Day for the 10 members of the 2009 Ohio State senior class.