EDISON, NJ – A pair of outstanding men’s soccer student-athletes from the MAAC, James Beeston of Siena and Franklin Castellanos of Iona, have been selected as candidates for the prestigious NCAA 2013 Senior Class Award in college soccer.
To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be a NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four major areas of excellence, including community, classroom, character and competition. Sixty student-athletes (30 men, 30 women) have been nominated for the 2013 Senior Class Award in college soccer.
Beeston is a senior center midfielder who has started 51 of a possible 52 games in the past three years, and has tallied 31 career points, including 21 assists, second best in Siena history. Beeston has led Siena to 10 wins in two of his three years with the program, including Siena scoring its first-ever victories over nationally ranked teams in his sophomore campaign. Beeston earned All-MAAC Rookie team honors following his freshman year, and was a first team All-MAAC selection last season.
Beeston is active in the Siena Athletics’ “Saints in the Community” program, and has volunteered for youth clinics, the Albany Shooting Stars and Friendship Circle (programs that spend time with and participate in sports with disabled youth), and the Albany Urban Scholars m an organization that brings middle school students from Albany schools to Siena for enrichment experiences that promote their talents and gifts. An accomplished student and an All-MAAC Academic performer, Beeston is an English major, with a minor in business.
Iona’s Castellanos is a two-time first team All-MAAC performer. He was the nation’s assist leader in 2011 with14 (0.74 assists per game), and was named to the MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List last year. He enters the 2013 season as a tri-captain for the Gaels.
Along with the Gaels’ men’s soccer team, Castellanos has been involved in the department-wide Breast Cancer Awareness week for the past three years. He has also been active in Toys for Tots drive.
Senior “CLASS” is an acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, and encourages students to use their platform to make a positive impact in the community. The list of candidates will be narrowed down to 10 finalists during the year, and the Senior CLASS Award recipients will be announced during the 2013 NCAA men’s and women’s championships.