Nov. 30, 2017
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Out of its 10 finalists for the Senior CLASS Award®, DePaul’s Alexa Ben received a First Team selection, finishing in the Top 5 among the nation’s balloting. 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.
Stanford University midfielder Andi Sullivan was selected in nationwide balloting as the 2017 Senior CLASS Award® winner for NCAA Division I women’s soccer award.
The award, chosen by a vote of Division I women’s soccer coaches, national soccer media and fans, is given annually to the most outstanding senior student-athlete in Division I women’s soccer. In order 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, community, 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.
Ben has been an integral part of the DePaul women's soccer team and its success in her four seasons as a Blue Demon. Her achievements for hard work in the classroom include selections to the 2016 NSCAA Scholar-Athlete All-America Second Team, 2016 NSCAA Scholar-Athlete All-Region First Team, and 2015 CoSIDA Academic All-District Second Team while being tabbed with BIG EAST All-Academic Team honors on three occasions.
On the field, Ben has received almost every award possible during her career at DePaul. She was the BIG EAST Freshman of the Year, BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year (2016), first-team All-Conference (2015, 2016), NSCAA All-Northeast Region (first team in 2016, second team in 2015, third team in 2014) and NSCAA All-American Third Team (2016), contributing to a BIG EAST tournament title in 2014 and regular-season title in 2016.
Ben, a Schaumburg native, has been a continual fighter for the Blue Demons as the MAC Hermann Trophy watch list candidate scored on seven occasions, including a hat-trick in DePaul’s 6-3 win against Villanova on Oct. 22. Ben also was named to the All-BIG EAST team for the fourth time in her career in 2017. She received First Team honors in 2015, 2016, and 2017 while being a Second Team selection in 2014. Ben, who was named the BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year in 2016 and Rookie of the Year in 2014, is one of the most decorated Blue Demons in the women’s soccer program history. She finished her career fourth in goals (27), second in assists (22) and third in points (76) for DePaul.
Ben carries a 3.711 grade point average, majoring in public relations and advertising.
First-Team Senior CLASS Award All-Americans
Alexa Ben, DePaul
Imani Dorsey, Duke
Alyssa Heintschel, Ball State
Andi Sullivan, Stanford
Martha Thomas, Charlotte
Second-Team Senior CLASS Award All-Americans
Michaela Abam, West Virginia
Alex Anthony, USC
Alexis Kiehl, Dayton
Savannah McCaskill, South Carolina
Becca Rolfe, High Point