Vote Anthony Critelli For The Senior CLASS Award

Holy Cross Athletics   05-27-2017

WORCESTER, Mass. – Earlier this month, senior first baseman Anthony Critelli was one of 10 student-athletes in the nation to be named a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award. He was announced as one of the 30 original candidates for the award in March.

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.

Click here to vote for Critelli on the Senior CLASS Award Website

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.

“Anthony is a selfless, caring, kind hearted individual,” said senior Jon Escobar. “Off the field, it's hard not to smile when you are around him as he is always laughing, joking around, and making for a good time.  On the field, Anthony is a fierce competitor who will fight hard on behalf of his teammates until the last out is made.”

A three-time first team All-Patriot League selection, Critelli was named the Patriot League's preseason Player of the Year at the beginning of the season. He was also named to the 2017 Patriot League All-Tournament team. Critelli leads the team with a .513 slugging percentage, tallying 30 RBIs with 27 runs scored and eight home runs. He has also posted a team-best .295 batting average, and is tied for first place all-time in program history with 24 career home runs. Last year, he led the Crusaders with 41 RBIs while posting a .462 slugging percentage through 57 games played.

“Anthony is the type of guy who will come in on an off-day to be in the bullpen just because it makes the team better,” said senior Brendan King.

Critelli participated in the team's tradition of shaving their heads to help raise awareness for cancer research, as the Crusaders worked to raise money this season for the Vs. Cancer Foundation. This season Holy Cross also hosted an ALS Awareness game in support of the Pete Frates Foundation, and a Military Appreciation game in which the team sold customized hats with proceeds benefiting the Home Base Program. The team has also been involved with Team IMPACT and previously with Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Critelli has also shown character by working hard to get back in the lineup after an injury forced him to miss the start of the season. He also received recognition for his work in the classroom, being named to the 2016 Patriot League Academic Honor Roll.

Fans can vote for Critelli at seniorclassaward.com/vote once per day until June 6. Votes will be combined with those from media members and Division I head coaches to determine the winner, which will be announced during the College World Series in June.

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