2002 MAC Hermann Trophy Winner
College: University of Virginia
Hometown: Montvale, NJ
Eskandarian edged Pat Noonan of Indiana by four points to win. Finishing third in the balloting was Diego Walsh of Southern Methodist University and fourth was Mike Tranchilla of Creighton.
Eskandarian, a junior midfielder, established himself as the most prolific goal scorer in the storied soccer history of the University of Virginia. In 2002, he scored a school-record 25 goals in 20 games. His 25th goal came in the second round of the NCAA tournament against William and Mary. The season ended for the Cavaliers that day with a heart-breaking loss on penalty kicks.
Eskandarian has posted 113 career points, sixth best all-time at Virginia. He has scored 50 goals, placing him fourth all-time at UVA. His 16 game-wining goals, rank him third on the Cavaliers career list.
Eskandarian becomes the fifth player from the University of Virginia to be recognized as college soccer’s Player of the Year. He joins John Harkes, Tony Meola, Claudio Reyna and Mike Fisher as Cavaliers who have been honored by the Missouri Athletic Club.