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Mullins wins soccer’s top honor for the second straight season; ACC sweeps for the fifth time in league history
GEENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Maryland’s Patrick Mullins and Virginia’s Morgan Brian were named the male and female recipients of the 2013 MAC Hermann Trophy at the awards presentation Friday evening in St. Louis, Mo. The sweep for the league marks the second straight season and fifth time overall that Atlantic Coast Conference student-athletes have claimed both Hermann Trophy awards in a the same year, doing so in 1989, 1993, 1998, 2012 and 2013.
Mullins’ selection marks the 17th time an ACC men’s soccer student-athlete has won the MAC Hermann Trophy. He is the fourth to repeat as the Hermann Trophy winner and first since Virginia’s Mike Fisher was selected in 1995 and 1996. An ACC student-athlete has won the last three MAC Hermann Trophies (Andrew Wenger, Duke, 2011; Patrick Mullins, Maryland, 2012).
Mullins is the first Maryland player to repeat as the MAC Hermann Trophy winner and it is the third time a Terrapin has won the award. Jason Garey earned soccer’s highest honor following the 2005 season.
Brian is the 11th ACC women’s soccer player and first female student-athlete from the University of Virginia to win the Hermann Trophy. An ACC student-athlete has won the last two MAC Hermann Trophies (Crystal Dunn, North Carolina, 2012).
Brian, who swept the national player of the year honors for the 2013 season, was also named Soccer America’s and TopDrawerSoccer.com’s Player of the Year.
The winners were decided by a vote of NCAA Division I soccer coaches whose programs are current members of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), along with a fan vote that cumulatively counted as the equivalent of one coach's vote.
Crystal Dunn of North Carolina was the runner-up for the women’s award and Abby Dahlkamper of UCLA was third in the voting. On the men’s side, Notre Dame’s Harrison Shipp took second followed by UCLA’s Leo Stolz in third.