OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- Summit League men's soccer student-athletes Sam Hamilton (Denver) and Mark Moulton (Omaha) were named two of 30 candidates for the Senior CLASS Award it was announced today.
Hamilton has a cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 3.86 in accounting, helping lead the Pioneers to the top GPA as a team in the country in 2015-16.
Hamilton has been involved with the Denver Children's Hospital by participating in hospital visits to the cancer wing, as well as the Food Bank of the Rockies and The Summit League Food Drive by helping organize, working the food drive and securing food donations. He has helped with One Shirt, One Body by donating clothes and coordinating drop-off to help less fortunate people in the Denver area and has been the point of contact and friend to our adopted teammate Ben Brewer who has battled cancer for the last 10 years. Hamilton has organized visits to the hospital, pizza parties and hang-outs with Brewer. On top of this, Hamilton has been a part of Denver Soccer Camps by working with DU Soccer Camps, PASS Camps and also 5 Rights by organizing soccer activities for groups of kids and helping kids learn about water, health, food, education and housing. Hamilton also helped organize the men's soccer team's support of the St Baldrick's Organization which involved shaving their heads and donating the hair to kids that have lost theirs to cancer.
Hamilton has played in 70 games and had 44 starts in his career, starting 29 of the Pioneers last 30 games. He has tallied three goals and nine assists for 15 career points from his defensive midfield position. In 2015, Hamilton captained the only undefeated team in the regular season, sitting in front of a Denver back four that allowed a 0.40 goals-against average (2nd nationally), kept a 0.63 shutout percentage (second nationally/12 clean sheets), and allowed just 2.5 shots on goal per game.
Moulton is a midfielder majoring in business administration. A member of the Omaha Dean's List during the 2015-16 academic year, Moulton was a member of the Summit League All-Academic Honor Roll for the previous three seasons and is a three-time Summit League Distinguished Scholar. CoSida honored Moulton as an Academic All-America Second Team selection in 2015.
Moulton finished last season second in the conference in points and goals. Moulton has served as a team captain for three seasons, tying a school record with two goals and becoming the program's leader in assists. This season, Moulton tied the program's record for career points. A two-time All-Summit League selection and a four-time Summit League Player of the Week, Moulton earned Summit League All-Tournament Team accolades last season.
Moulton is active in team community service activities including visits to Heritage Elementary through Completely Kids and leading the South Omaha Soccer Clinic. He also has helped with the Special Olympics and with Team Impact, which works to improve the quality of life for children facing life-threatening illnesses.
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.
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