Reigning winner and Virginia midfielder Morgan Brian, Florida State midfielder Dagny Brynjarsdottir and UCLA midfielder Sam Mewis are the finalists for the MAC Hermann Trophy, given each year to college soccer’s best player.
The winner will be named at a banquet in St. Louis, Mo., on Jan. 9.
Brian won the 2013 MAC Hermann Trophy award as a junior and earlier this month was named the 2014 U.S. Soccer Young Female Athlete of the Year. She is widely expected to be the No. 1 pick in next month’s NWSL Draft. Brian helped Virginia get to its first national championship game, where the Cavs lost to first-time winner Florida State.
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Brynjarsdottir, also a senior midfielder, was a crucial part of Florida State’s run to an inaugural championship. The Icelandic international led the Seminoles in points (38) and goals (16) in 2014, including five game-winning goals. She is the second FSU player to be named a finalist for the award; Mami Yamaguchi won it in 2007.
Mewis is also a senior midfielder. She lifted UCLA to its first national title in 2013, but the Bruins lost this year in the quarterfinals to Virginia. Mewis led UCLA and the Pac-12 in goals (16), assists (13), points (45) and game-winning goals (7). She and Brian are currently in Brazil with the senior U.S. national team.
UCLA senior Leo Stolz (Munich, Germany), Syracuse junior goalkeeper Alex Bono (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) and North Carolina senior forward Andy Craven (St. Simons Island, Ga.) — who is from the same hometown as Brian — are the three men’s finalists.
The MAC Hermann Trophy is administered by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, and presented annually at the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis.
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