Butler Named a Candidate for 2019 Senior CLASS Award

Jonathan Butler is one of 30 candidates up for the 2019 Senior CLASS Award (Photo Courtesy: Gil Talbot).
Jonathan Butler is one of 30 candidates up for the 2019 Senior CLASS Award (Photo Courtesy: Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard defender Jonathan Butler has been selected as one of 30 candidates up for the 2019 Senior CLASS Award. Nominees for the honor are student-athletes across Division I men's lacrosse who excel both on and off the field.

Butler, who is one of four players from the Ivy League eligible for the award, is coming off a junior campaign in which he led the Crimson in caused turnovers (15) and ranked third in ground balls (22). This season, he has a team-best six caused turnovers and the third-most ground balls (10) through four games.

To be eligible for the 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.

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 30 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 2019 NCAA Men's Lacrosse National Championship in May.

Butler and his Harvard teammates return to action on Saturday when it plays host to Providence at Jordan Field. The game is set for a 1 p.m. start and will air on ESPN+.