March 9, 2017
By Robby Hamman
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - Notre Dame men's lacrosse senior midfielder Sergio Perkovic has been named as a men's lacrosse candidate for the 2017 Senior CLASS Award. Perkovic is one of 20 men's lacrosse student-athletes who have been selected as a candidate.
The Senior CLASS Award nomination is the latest in a long list of accolades the distinguished midfielder has received. Earlier this season Perkovic earned an Honorary ACC Postgraduate Scholarship and has been selected to the Tewaaraton Award Watch List.
To be eligible for the Senior CLASS 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.
Over his four years at Notre Dame the Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, native has been a standout both on and off the field for the Irish. Perkovic earned first team All-American honors in each of the last two years on the team. As a junior (2016), he was named to the All-ACC Team and All-ACC Academic Team.
Perkovic led the Irish to an appearance in the NCAA Championship final (2014), the NCAA Championship semifinals (2015) and NCAA Championship quarterfinals (2016) as well as the 2014 ACC Tournament title. He was named to the NCAA All-Tournament Team in 2014 and 2015.
The senior is a two-time All-ACC selection (2015, 2016). The midfielder has started every game (51) of his Irish career and has scored 91 goals, which ranks ninth in program history.
In the classroom Perkovic has a cumulative GPA of 3.67 while pursuing a finance degree in the Mendoza College of Business. He has been a member of the Dean's List on four occasions and is a three-time ACC All-Academic recipient. Perkovic also served on the NCAA Competition Oversight Committee as the lone student representative in 2015-16.
The senior is also involved in the community, as Perkovic has been a mentor at Dickinson Fine Arts Academy, a local middle school, for the last three years. For the efforts the Notre Dame men's lacrosse program was presented the ACC/United Way "Game Changers" Award. Perkovic also took part in the Rosenthal Leadership Academy.
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.
The 20 candidates will be narrowed to 10 finalists later in the season, and those 10 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 candidate who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition.
The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced in conjunction with the 2017 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse National Championship in May.
The University of Notre Dame men's lacrosse team pursues excellence on and off the field through the three pillars in which the program is built: Character, Culture & Community. These three foundational values guide the promise of the program, which is to provide its student-athletes with the most compelling and enriching experience in all of college athletics. Through academics, competition, service and travel, the program aims to immerse its players in situations that enhance their student-athlete experience to help them become the people, students and teammates they aspire to be.
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Robby Hamman joined Fighting Irish Media as athletics communications assistant director in September 2016, coordinating efforts for the volleyball and men's lacrosse program. Hamman is a 2010 graduate of Bethel College, where he earned bachelor's degrees in sport management and business administration, and earned his master's degree in business administration from Defiance College in 2013.