Maryland short-stick defensive midfielder Isaiah Davis-Allen has been awarded the 2017 Senior CLASS Award in men’s lacrosse, the school announced Thursday.
This marks just the second time the national award has been won by a Maryland student-athlete, the other being Juan Dixon in men’s basketball back in 2002.
The award is given to a senior who’s shown achievement and success in four categories: community, character, classroom and competition. His accolades both on and off the field make him a tough candidate to beat.
Davis-Allen is a two-time team captain, two-time First Team All-American and has led the Terps to four consecutive NCAA semifinal appearances. He’s recorded one goal, three assists with 37 ground balls and two caused turnovers this year, but his leadership and defensive presence make him invaluable to this Terps squad.
In his free time, Davis-Allen volunteers and coaches for various youth programs in the area, reads to children at local schools and volunteers at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He’s also the team’s student-athlete contact for Team IMPACT, an organization connecting teams with children who suffer from chronic and life-threatening illnesses. Through Team IMPACT, Davis-Allen has gotten to know Maryland’s honorary teammate, Fionn.
“It speaks to the type of person that Isaiah is because he's certainly a tremendous player, but also so much more than that,” head coach John Tillman said in the school’s release. “He's one of those guys who is always looking out for members of the local community and trying to make a difference.”
He’s also one of the most humble players you’ll ever meet. After Maryland’s win over Penn State in the regular season, he stopped the post-game press conference from ending to praise senior Nick Manis, a senior midfielder who he thought deserved more credit than he was getting.
Maryland plays Denver in the national semifinals Saturday, with a chance to face either Ohio State or Towson in the title game Monday.