Leggett Named Finalist for Senior CLASS Award
BETHLEHEM, PA. – For the second time in three years, Lehigh Men’s Lacrosse has a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award, as Teddy Leggett was named one of 10 finalists on Thursday. Leggett follows Craig Chick (2019), Ty Souders (2014) and Jonathan Stumpf (2011) as one of four finalists in program history. The Senior CLASS Award is an abbreviation for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School ® and focuses on the entire athlete. He encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, no finalists were named in 2020. Therefore, the Mountain Hawks have presented a finalist in each of the last two seasons. The only other program that can say that is Virginia.
Lehigh has a strong tradition as a Senior CLASS Award winner. In 2021, Leggett and Conor Gaffney were the only two Patriot League candidates. The Mountain Hawks have had at least one nominee in eight of the past nine years (with 11 winners during that time). Lehigh is also the only men’s lacrosse program in the country with multiple awards for three consecutive years.
Gaffney and Andrew Pettit were both named candidates last year (Gaffney was again eligible in 2021, having returned for a fifth year after the pandemic that shortened the 2020 season). The previous year, Pettit and Craig Chick were both candidates (when Pettit returned to Lehigh for a fifth year due to his injury at the end of the 2019 season, he could be nominated again for the honor).
Previous candidates for the Lehigh Senior CLASS Award were Cody Triolo in 2017, Casey Eidenshink in 2016, Dan Taylor in 2015, Ty Souders in 2014, Ryan Snyder in 2013 and Jonathan Stumpf in 2011. Chick, Souders and Stumpf were all named finalists.
To qualify for the Senior CLASS Award, a student-athlete must be classified as a senior in NCAA Division I and have demonstrated remarkable performance in four areas: community, classroom, character, and competition.
The 20 candidates will be narrowed down to 10 finalists later in the season, and those 10 names will be put on the official ballot. The ballot papers are distributed to the media, coaches and fans through a nationwide voting system, who select a candidate who best represents excellence in the four categories of community, classroom, character and competition.
The finalists were selected by a selection committee from the list of 20 candidates announced at the beginning of the season. Nationwide fan voting begins immediately to select the winner. Fans are encouraged to submit their votes online on the Senior CLASS Awards website by May 17th. The votes of the fans will be combined with those of the media and Division I head coach to determine the winner.
The winner will be announced in connection with the NCAA Men’s National Lacrosse Championship in May 2021.
For more information on Lehigh’s candidates, see below. All candidates across the country can be found at seniorCLASSaward.com.
Leggett has a strong 3.39 GPA as a Bioengineering Major (BioMechanics / BioMaterials Track). He was inducted into the Patriot League’s academic list of honor every year (for a GPA over 3.2 semester) and has earned a spot on the Dean’s List several times. Leggett also received the Faculty Athletics Council Award (also for semesters GPA over 3.2). He posted a perfect 4.0 GPA last spring. Leggett succeeds in a challenging major at a prestigious institution ranked 49th in the US National News and World Report Universities
Leggett has extensive relevant experience in the field, most recently as a project engineer with ABEC last spring and summer. There he was involved in the development and production of integrated solutions and services for biopharmaceutical companies. Leggett also led a project to create a database of all component accuracies used in manufacturing and ran programs to determine sizing proposals for outside companies. In addition, he did research in Lehigh, assisting and observing atomic force microscopy in order to investigate the mechanical properties of the lynx protein.
Leggett is one of the most influential executives on the program. He acted as captain in 2020 and was reappointed captain ahead of the 2021 season. Leggett is a student-athlete mentor who mentors a group of freshman-athletes and supports them in their transition to Lehigh (both academically and athletically). In 2018, Leggett participated in the Personal Responsibility in Determining Excellence (PRIDE) program, which is part of the Lehigh Athletics Leadership Academy. The program offers extensive programming for executive development. Leggett was heavily involved in Lehigh Men’s Lacrosse’s internal Leadership Council (council of elected individuals from each class to discuss the team’s vision and goals).
Leggett and the Mountain Hawks have continuously participated in community service. Just a few days after each fall semester, the annual start of community service for the parks and recreation of the city of Bethlehem takes place as part of the men’s lacrosse program.
In each of the past four seasons, Lehigh has participated in the Nicholas Colleluori Classic. Lehigh has partnered with the HEADstrong Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization dedicated to providing essential services to improve life affected by cancer. For Perspective, Lehigh Lacrosse more than quadrupled its original fundraising goal of $ 3,000 in 2017 by raising $ 13,339 for HEADstrong’s “Go Lime” 2017 campaign. It was most of the money any team or group of teams raised throughout the campaign. Then, in 2018, the Mountain Hawks completely broke their target and raised over $ 20,000 for the battle against cancer. The strong fundraising has continued over the past two years.
In addition, Leggett and the Mountain Hawks attend Adopt-A-Family every holiday season, where they offer a vacation to a local disadvantaged family. The process includes shopping, wrapping and delivering gifts in early December. The 2020 pandemic changed its face, but Lehigh Athletics continued to raise funds and help local families in need, but in different ways (for example, through gift cards and without the last face-to-face meeting).
Leggett was successful from day one at Lehigh, especially in midfield with long thugs (and some tight defenders). As a freshman, Leggett had 61 groundballs and 20 generated sales. He was named the second-team All-Patriot League team and received the J. Daniel Nolan Award (presented to Lehigh Athletics’ best senior male student athlete). He was the first non-faceoff specialist to overshadow 50 groundballs in one season in head coach Kevin Cassese’s 13+ years at Lehigh. Leggett eclipsed 50GB for his sophomore year and was well on his way to doing it again as a junior before the pandemic ended the season. As the second child in 2019, Leggett posted career highs of 79 groundballs and 23 generated sales, and was reappointed to the All League second team. Leggett, who also contributed offensively, had three points as a freshman, three sophomore and three as a junior. Prior to 2020, he was named to the preseason All-Patriot League. Leggett’s 166 career groundballs are already the seventh in program history. In the fall of 2019, Leggett qualified for Canada’s senior men’s field lacrosse team in the Fall Classic in Baltimore, Maryland.
Leggett has helped the Mountain Hawks make appearances in the Patriot League Championship Game for each of its first two seasons (a 5-1 record for 2020 then). Leggett has been an important part of a strong defensive with the Mountain Hawks currently ranked fourth in goal defense nationwide (8.50). Individually, Leggett is second on the team at Groundballs (22) and generated sales (6). Before the season he was named a preseason All-American by Inside Lacrosse.