March 27, 2009
Providence, Rhode Island - Brown senior goalie Jordan Burke, an All-American and the 2008 Ivy League Player of the Year, has been selected one of 10 finalists for the prestigious Lowe's Senior Class Award. Nationwide balloting begins immediately to determine the third winner, which will receive the award during the NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championship in Foxboro, Mass.
Voting will take place online at www.seniorclassaward.com/athletes/jordan_burke/ and for the first time in the history of the award, fans will also be able to vote via text from March 27 to May 7. Text LAX2 to 839863. Brown fans can vote once every day in support of Burke.
The 10 finalists were chosen from a list of 30 candidates based on qualities that define a complete student-athlete. The Lowe's Senior Class Award is based on achievement in four areas of excellence: Classroom, Character, Community, and Competition.
In addition to Burke, he 2009 finalists are: Matt Abbott (Syracuse), Michael Colleluori (Hofstra), Brandon Corp (Colgate), Joel Dalgarno (Ohio State), Danny Glading (Virginia), Ryan Hoff (Notre Dame), Max Seibald (Cornell), Andy Tormey (Navy) and Grant Zimmerman (North Carolina).
Burke was named a second team USILA All-American after leading Brown to the Ivy League Championship a year ago. He was also named the New England Player of the Year and was a finalist for the Tewaarton Award as the National Player of the Year.
Burke has picked up where he left off a year ago, leading the Bears to an 11th place national ranking and a 6-1 overall record. He currently leads the Ivy League in saves with 12.5 per game. He was named the LAXnews National Player of the Week after making 20 saves in a 9-8 win on the road over UMass.
A Commerce, Organizations and Entrepreneurship concentrator, Burke is also a teaching assistant for an engineering class at Brown.
Burke plays a role in the Brown lacrosse team's outreach programs, including Room to Read that built a school in Sri Lanka with the $18,000 raised by the team; the Innocence Project which received just over $20,000; and a team running project that brought in $10,000 for the Sustainable Harvest International's Panamanian efforts to both preserve virgin rainforest and to teach more practical and economical farming strategies. He also participated in the Warm A Heart Coat Drive in Pawucket, RI, and with the Fox Point - 3rd grade classroom.