DeLuca Named as a Senior CLASS Award Candidate
Pete DeLuca (Photo Courtesy of Harry Archer)
Pete DeLuca (Photo Courtesy of Harry Archer)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Jacksonville University senior goalkeeper Pete DeLuca was announced on Thursday as one of the 20 candidates for this year’s Senior CLASS Award, given annually to the senior who best exemplifies excellence in the categories of 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.

DeLuca has been a mainstay in goal for Jacksonville the past three seasons and was named as the Preseason Atlantic Sun Defender of the Year entering this 2014 campaign. A year ago, DeLuca was the Defensive Player of the Year in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference prior to JU’s move to the A-Sun. He has also been a MAAC All-Academic selection in each of the past two seasons.

Off the field, DeLuca has compiled a 3.5 GPA in Biology and volunteered his time to several projects relating to both his sport and his major. A Williams Scholar here at JU, he plans on attending veterinary school at the University of Florida following graduation.

The candidate class will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, and those 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 finalist who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition. The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the 2014 NCAA Lacrosse Championships in Baltimore May 24-26.

Senior CLASS Award Candidates
Colin Clive, Siena
Ryan Creighton, North Carolina
Peter DeLuca, Jacksonville
Thomas DeNapoli, Towson
Troy Dennis, Detroit Mercy
Michael Ehrhardt, Maryland
Rob Emery, Virginia
Joe Fletcher, Loyola (MD)
Brendan Fowler, Duke
Todd Heritage, Bucknell
Austin Kaut, Penn State
John LoCascio, Villanova
Derek Maltz, Syracuse
Sean Meagher, Robert Morris
Joe Meurer, Ohio State
Stephen O’Hara, Notre Dame
Tom Schreiber, Princeton
Ty Souders, Lehigh
Miles Thompson, Albany
Justin Ward, Loyola (MD)