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Six NCAA DI Players Inch Closer to Winning the 2014 MAC Hermann Trophy

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UCLA’s Stolz and Virginia’s Brian Return as Finalists

Three male and three female NCAA Division I athletes have been selected as finalists for the Missouri Athletic Club’s (MAC) Hermann Trophy.

2013 Women’s MAC Hermann Trophy winner Morgan Brian (St. Simons Island, Ga.) from Virginia is a 2014 finalist. Joining Brian as a finalist are Florida State senior midfielder Dagny Brynjarsdottir (Hella, Iceland) and UCLA senior midfielder Sam Mewis (Hanson, Mass.).

UCLA senior Leo Stolz (Munich, Germany), who was named a finalist for the 2013 award, is again named a finalist this year. Also named 2014 finalists are Syracuse junior goalkeeper Alex Bono (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) and North Carolina senior forward Andy Craven (St. Simons Island, Ga.).

The MAC Hermann Trophy is the highest individual intercollegiate award administered by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, and presented annually at the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis. This year’s trophy presentation and banquet will take place Friday, Jan. 9, 2015.

NCAA Division I coaches that are NSCAA College Services members voted for their top choices from the list of 15 men and 15 women named semifinalists in early December. Soccer fans were also encouraged to vote for their favorite player on the MAC’s website hosted by LockerDome. The six semifinalists were the top vote-getters from the combined NSCAA coaches and weighted fan votes.

For more information about the history of the MAC Hermann Trophy and a list of past winners, visit the MAC Hermann Trophy page at NSCAA.com.

For news and highlight reels from previous MAC Hermann presentations, visit lockerdome.com/machermanntrophy/home.

Mens Finalists

Alex Bono, Syracuse
Junior Goalkeeper
Baldwinsville, N.Y.

Ranks in the top 10 in every career goalkeeping category at Syracuse including: goals-against average (1st - 0.80), shutouts (2nd  - 30), wins (2nd - 39), minutes played (4th - 3,468), save percentage (5th - .807) and saves (8th - 201). ACC Defensive Player of the Year … All-ACC First Team … NSCAA All-South Region First Team … Started all 21 games and posted a record of 16-4-1with 67 saves … Set the Orange single-season records for goals-against average (0.55), shutouts (12) and minutes played (1,949) … His 12 shutouts led the ACC … Bono’s 16 wins is second on Syracuse’s single-season record list, while his .848 save percentage ranks seventh … As of Dec. 12, Bono leads the ACC and ranks seventh in the NCAA in both goals-against average and save percentage … Backstopped an Orange defense that is third nationally in goals-against average (0.55), fifth in save percentage (.848) and fourth in shutout percentage (.570, 12 shutouts in 21 games) as of Dec. 12 … Rated No. 2 on TopDrawerSoccer.com’s midseason list of the top 100 college players … Named to the TopDrawerSoccer.com Men’s Team of the Week twice (Sept. 9, Oct. 7) and earned a place on the College Soccer News Team of the Week once (Sept. 8) … Recorded two streaks of more than 400 consecutive scoreless minutes, including a school-record stretch of 537:34 from Sept. 13 to Oct. 7 without conceding  a goal.

Andy Craven, North Carolina
Senior Forward
St. Simons Island, Ga.

2014 First Team All-ACC selection … 2014 NSCAA All-South Region first team honoree … Leads the nation with eight game-winning goals and 35 total points … Tied for first in the country with 15 goals … Named National Player of the Week on three different occasions this season by three different media outlets: College Soccer News (9/8), the NSCAA (10/14) and Top Drawer Soccer (11/25) … Also named to the CSN Team of the Week three times and the TDS Team of the Week four times … Scored three goals and an assist in the 6-0 win over JMU in the NCAA Championship first round … Also scored three goals against Georgia Southern … Tied the game at 3-3 in the NCAA Quarterfinal match at second-seeded UCLA.

 Leo Stolz, UCLA
Senior Midfielder
Munich, Germany
 

First Team All-Pac-12 selection … Honorable Mention Pac-12 All-Academic selection … Has started all 21 games and currently leads the team in points (24), goals (9) and assists (6) … second on the team in minutes logged for field players … Has recorded three game-winning goals, including the overtime tally to advance the Bruins out of the second round … In the postseason, he posted two goals and two assists (six points)… The senior has also logged the second most minutes of any field player for UCLA, totaling 1,839 minutes played…Through three postseason games, Stolz has tallied two goals and two assists, including the overtime game-winning goal to knock of San Diego in the second round on November 23…Stolz and the Bruins compete in the 2014 NCAA College Cup this weekend.

Womens Finalists

 Morgan Brian, Virginia
Senior Midfielder
St. Simons Island, Ga.
 

Started 18 games (missed 8 due to USWNT duty) … 10 goals and 14 assists for 34 points … 2014 US Soccer Young Female Athlete of the Year … MAC Hermann Trophy Semifinalist … Honda Award Nominee … 1st Team NSCAA All-American … 1st Team NSCAA All-Southeast Region … 1st Team All-ACC (4th UVa player to be a four-time 1st team selection) … NCAA All-Tournament Team … Leading scorer in 2014 NCAA Tournament (17 pts) … Goal and NCAA Tournament record 5 assists vs. High Point … Two goals and two assists vs. Kentucky … Two goals and an assist vs. Wake Forest … Two goals vs. Pitt … Game-winning goal at UCLA in NCAA Quarterfinals … Ranks 2nd in career assists (43), T-2nd in career points (125) and 5th in career goals (41) at UVa … UVa’s all-time career NCAA Tourn. scoring leader … 16 career caps with the USWNT (3 goals) … Only collegian on USWNT for WWC Qualifying.

Dagny Brynjarsdottir, Florida State
Senior Midfielder
Hella, Iceland


Brynjarsdottir finished the 2014 campaign leading the Seminoles in points (38), goals (16) and shots (87) and tied for the team lead with five game-winning goals. She went on to set single-season career-highs for shots, goals and points in her final season at Florida State. Brynjarsdottir is just the second Seminole to be named a finalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy and the first since Mami Yamaguchi won the award in 2007. This year the senior captain has garnered NSCAA first team All-America, ACC Offensive Player of the Year, first-team All-ACC and ACC Tournament MVP accolades. She was also named to the Capital One/CoSIDA All-District IV first team. The Icelandic native ranked in the top 10 in the ACC in eight offensive categories leading in shots per game and tied for first in game-winning goals. She wrapped up the season with a team-high six multi-point games. Brynjarsdottir, who led the Seminoles to their first national title in program history at the 2014 NCAA Women’s College Cup, earned a spot on the College Cup All-Tournament Team after tallying seven points on two goals and three assists in six matches during FSU’s postseason run. Over her four-year career at Florida State, Brynjarsdottir ranks first all-time in career game-winning goals (19) and second in career points (111), goals (44) and shots (232). She led the Seminoles to four College Cup appearances, three ACC titles, two ACC regular season championships and a berth in back-to-back NCAA finals.

Sam Mewis, UCLA
Senior Midfielder
Hanson, Mass.


The espnW National Player of the Year and Pac-12 Player of the Year, Mewis had 24 starts in 24 appearances. She led the team in goals (16), assists (13), points (45) and game-winning goals (7) and leads the Pac-12 in those categories as well. Mewis earned first-team Capital One Academic All-America honors in 2014 and was a three-time Pac-12 All-Academic honoree and a 2013 NSCAA Scholar All-West Region selection. She was a two-time PAC 12 Offensive Player of the Week this season and was named the NSCAA National Player of the Week on Oct. 28. UCLA’s two-year team co-captain, Mewis led UCLA to an unbeaten streak of 44 games that spanned from Sept. 8, 2013 to Nov. 23, 2014. Mewis earned her first Full National Team cap on Mar. 7, 2014 vs. Sweden at the Algarve Cup and also earned a cap vs. Denmark on Mar. 10, 2014. She was first called up to the National Team in January 2014. She played with U.S. U-23 National Team at the 2013 Four Nations Tournament, which was won by the U.S., was a starter for Under-20 U.S. National Team that won the 2012 FIFA U-20 World Championship and a member of the 2008 Under-17 U.S. World Cup team that won the silver medal.

About the Missouri Athletic Club
The Missouri Athletic Club has been presenting college soccer’s player of the year awards since 1986. The MAC was established in 1903 as an athletic, dining and social club. It has a “Platinum Club of America” status, which is awarded to the top private clubs in the country. To learn more about the Missouri Athletic Club, go to mac-stl.org.

About the NSCAA

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The NSCAA is the world’s largest soccer coaches’ organization with members at every level of the game. The membership is primarily made up of coaches, but also includes administrators, referees and others in the soccer industry. The NSCAA provides its members ways to enhance the game of soccer by providing a national education program, interaction and networking opportunities, and membership benefits.

For more information about the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, visit NSCAA.com.

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