Aug. 8, 2017
KANSAS CITY – The United Soccer Coaches and the Missouri Athletic Club announced today the 61 NCAA Division I players named to the 2017 MAC Hermann Trophy Watch Lists, placing DePaul’s senior midfielder Alexa Ben on the impressive list.
The MAC Hermann Trophy is the most prestigious individual award in college soccer and is presented annually to the most outstanding male and female players of the year. This year’s winners will be announced Friday, Jan. 5, 2018 at the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis.
Ben, who is the 2014 BIG EAST Rookie of the Year, 2016 BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year, and two-time All-BIG EAST First Team selection, finished 2016 with seven goals and three assists (17 points), compiling five goals and one assist in BIG EAST play. The Schaumburg, Ill., native was also recently recognized by the NCAA as a “Name to Know” for the 2017 season.
A total of 30 players are included on the Women’s Watch List, headlined by 2016 finalist Andi Sullivan and four previous national champions: Florida State goalkeeper Cassie Miller, University of Southern California defender Ally Prisock and Penn State teammates Emily Ogle and Frannie Crouse. Thirteen of the 30 players were United Soccer Coaches All-Americans last season, including UCLA sophomore Jessie Fleming who featured for Canada in the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics.
The MAC Hermann Trophy Watch Lists are compiled by members of the United Soccer Coaches Men’s and Women’s NCAA Division I All-America Committees. Fifteen semifinalists will be named for both the men’s and women’s MAC Hermann Trophy near the end of the college season based on voting by NCAA Division I coaches and from those candidates, three finalists will ultimately be placed on the ballot for the coveted award.
For more information about the MAC Hermann Trophy, including a list of past winners, visit MACHermannTrophy.org.
2017 Women’s MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List
PLAYER NAME YR POS SCHOOL/HOMETOWN
Jemma Purfield Jr. D Arizona State/Cottingham, England
Rachel Bloznalis Sr. D Boston University/Upton, Mass.
Taylor Isom Sr. D Brigham Young/Sandy, Utah
Kendall Ham Sr. F Bucknell/Stratham, NH
Alexis Pelafas Jr. F Central Michigan Wheaton, Ill.
Taylor Kornieck So. M Colorado/Henderson, Nev.
Alexis Kiehl Sr. F Dayton/Cincinnati, Ohio
Alexa Ben Sr. M DePaul/Schaumburg, Ill.
Gabby Seiler Sr. MF Florida/Peachtree City, Ga.
Natalia Kuikka Jr. D Florida State/Kemi, Finland
Deyna Castellanos So. F Florida State/Maracay, Venezuela
Cassie Miller Sr. K Florida State/Cave Creek, Ariz.
Rachel Corboz Sr. M Georgetown/Green Brook, N.J.
Grace Hagan Jr. F Kansas/Wichita, Kan.
Ashley Gonzales Sr. F Long Beach State/Ontario, Calif.
Bridgette Andrzejewski So. F North Carolina/Lutherville, Md.
Lauren Clem Sr. K Northwestern/Stevensville, Mich.
Emily Ogle Jr. M Penn State/Strongsville, Ohio
Frannie Crouse Sr. F Penn State/Greensburg, Penn.
Casey Murphy Jr. K Rutgers/Bridgewater, N.J.
Mikayla Krzeczowski So. K South Carolina/Douglasville, Ga.
Savannah McCaskill Sr. F South Carolina/Chapin, S.C.
Ally Prisock Jr. D Southern California/Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
Tierna Davidson So. M Stanford/Menlo Park, Calif.
Andi Sullivan Sr. M Stanford/Lorton, Va.
Ally Watt So. F Texas A&M/Colorado Springs, Colo.
Jessie Fleming So. M UCLA/London, Ont.
Chidera Akubuilo Sr. D UNLV/Torrance, Calif.
Hailey Skolmoski Jr. F Utah/Riverton, Utah
Michaela Abam Sr. F West Virginia/Houston, Texas
2017 Men’s MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List
PLAYER NAME YR POS SCHOOL/HOMETOWN
Sam Gainford Sr. F Akron/Liverpool, England
Afonso Pinheiro Sr. F Alban/Sao Paulo, Brazil
Frantzdy Pierrot Sr. F Coastal Carolina/Boston, Mass.
Ricky Lopez-Espin Sr. F Creighton/Miami, Fla.
Wyatt Omsberg Sr. D Dartmouth/Scarborough, Maine
Ian McGrath Sr. M Evansville/New Lenox, Ill.
Albert Ruiz Sr. F Florida Gulf Coast/Barcelona, Spain
Niki Jackson Sr. F Grand Canyon University/Scottsdale, Ariz.
Siggi Benonysson So. F High Point/Vestmannaeyjar, Iceland
Grant Lillard Sr. D Indiana/ Hinsdale, Ill.
Tim Kubel Sr. D Louisville/Stuttgart, Germany
Grant Stoneman Jr. D Loyola Chicago/St. Charles, Ill.
Gordon Wild Jr. F Maryland/Cologne, Germany
Will Bagrou Sr. F Mercer/Dacula, Ga.
Ryan Sierakowski Jr. F Michigan State/McHenry, Ill.
Cam Lindley So. M North Carolina/Carmel, Ind.
Jon Gallagher Sr. F Notre Dame/Dundalk, Ireland
Tristan Blackmon Sr. F Pacific/Las Vegas, Nev.
Pablo Pelaez So. M San Diego State/San Diego, Cal.
Mauro Cichero Sr. M SMU/Norman, Okla.
Tomas Hilliard-Arce Sr. D Stanford/Matthews, N.C.
Foster Langsdorf Sr. F Stanford/Vancouver, Wash.
Mo Adams So. M Syracuse/Nottingham, England
Danny Musovski Sr. F UNLV/Henderson, Nev.
Paul Hoffmeister Sr. M Utah Valley/Hilden, Germany
Edward Opoku Jr. F Virginia/Rye, N.Y.
Marcelo Acuna Sr. F Virginia Tech/San Jose, Costa Rica
Brad Dunwell Jr. M Wake Forest/Grand Rapids, Mich.
Antonio Bustamante Jr. M William and Mary/Springfield, Va.
Chris Mueller Sr. F Wisconsin/Schaumburg, Ill.
Cory Brown Sr. D Xavier/Nelson, New Zealand