The MAC Hermann Trophy
Ian Harkes, Kadeisha Buchanan awarded 2016 MAC Hermann Trophy
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (January 6, 2017) - The 2016 MAC Hermann Trophy winners were announced on Friday at the Missouri Athletic Club’s annual banquet to present college soccer’s top individual awards, based on voting by NCAA Division I coaches in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).
Wake Forest University senior midfielder Ian Harkes (Fairfax, Va.) and West Virginia University senior defender Kadeisha Buchanan (Brampton, Ontario) received the MAC Hermann Trophy – a 10-pound crystal soccer ball – as NSCAA National Players of the Year in NCAA Division I men’s and women’s soccer.
Harkes captained the Demon Deacons to a berth in the NCAA College Cup Final, scoring the game-winning goal in double overtime of the national semifinals, during a standout season in which he was named ACC Midfielder of the Year, ACC Tournament MVP and NCAA Tournament Offensive Most Outstanding Player. He is the second member of the Harkes family to be honored by the MAC after his father, John Harkes, was the MAC Player of the Year in 1987. It marks the first time a father and son have won college soccer’s top award.
Runners-up for the men’s award were Florida Gulf Coast University junior forward Albert Ruiz (Barcelona, Spain) and University of Maryland sophomore forward Gordon Wild (Cologne, Germany).
Buchanan, a MAC Hermann Trophy finalist a year ago, also captained her school to the NCAA College Cup Final and was named the NCAA Tournament Defensive Most Outstanding Player. A four-time NSCAA All-American and four-time Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, Buchanan anchored the Mountaineer defense to 18 shutouts, most in NCAA Division I, in 2016. She is a member of the Canadian Women’s National Team, earning Best Young Player accolades at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup and winning a bronze medal at the 2016 Olympic Games.
Runners-up for the women’s award were University of Southern California senior midfielder Morgan Andrews (Milford, N.H.) and Stanford University junior midfielder Andi Sullivan (Lorton, Va.).
The MAC Hermann Trophy has been awarded annually since 1967 to the sport’s most outstanding student-athletes, with the list of past recipients including Mia Hamm, Kristine Lilly and Claudio Reyna. World Cup champion Christen Press received the MAC Hermann Trophy in 2010 and returned to the Missouri Athletic Club on Friday as a distinguished guest for the banquet.
About the Missouri Athletic Club: Established in 1903, the Missouri Athletic is a private social, business, athletic, and dining club with locations in Downtown St. Louis and Town and Country in West St. Louis County. The MAC is a Platinum Club of America, an honor bestowed on the top 3% of private clubs in the United States.
The Missouri Athletic Club to Present College Soccer’s Top Award – Jan. 6
ST. LOUIS - - The Missouri Athletic Club will present the Hermann Trophy to the top male and female collegiate soccer players in the nation on Friday, Jan. 6. The crystal soccer ball trophy represents the highest individual achievement in the sport. Many of the biggest names in American soccer, including Mia Hamm, Kristine Lilly, Claudio Reyna and Alexi Lalas, have won the award.
The finalists for the 2016 men’s MAC Hermann Trophy are Ian Harkes (Wake Forest), Albert Ruiz (Florida Gulf Coast University) and Gordon Wild (Maryland). The finalists for the women’s award are Morgan Andrews (USC), Kadeisha Buchanan (West Virginia), and Andi Sullivan (Stanford).
College Soccer’s Version of the Heisman Trophy is presented annually to the top male and female collegiate soccer players in the country. The top three finalists, their coaches and families are invited to St. Louis the second weekend of January for the awards banquet. Some of the biggest names in American soccer history have won the award prior to going on to international stardom – including Mia Hamm, Kristine Lilly, Claudio Reyna, Alexi Lalas and Tony Meola.
Mid-August – Men’s and women’s Preseason Watch list is released (Approximately the top 40 males and top 40 female Division I college soccer players from the previous season)
Early October – The “Candidates We Missed” campaign. College Sports Information Directors (SID's) can energize their fans to nominate a player who did not make the Preseason Watch List to make the ballot in November.
Mid November – The semifinalists (Top 15 men and top 15 women) are announced. The voting of Division I coaches begins. The fan vote also begins. The coaches vote combined with fan vote determines the winners and finalists.
Mid December – Top three women’s finalists announced at NCAA Women’s College Cup; Top three men’s finalists announced at NCAA Men’s College Cup.
Friday, Jan. 6, 2017 - The men’s and women’s winners are announced at a press conference and honored at the MAC awards banquet.