ACC Places Three on MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List

Aug. 14, 2012

GREENSBORO, N.C.  – Three Atlantic Coast Conference student-athletes are among the 42 on the Missouri Athletic Club’s MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List for the 2012 men’s soccer season.
Representing the ACC are Maryland defender Taylor Kemp and midfielder John Stertzer, and Virginia forward Will Bates. Kemp and Stertzer were both NSCAA All-South Atlantic First Team selections in 2011, while Bates earned second team honors. Stertzer also earned NSCAA Third Team All-America accolades following the 2011 season.

The ACC has had 15 MAC Hermann Award Trophy winners including last season’s recipient, Duke midfielder Andrew Wenger.

A total of 34 different schools and 10 countries are represented on the2012 list including players from the United States, Brazil, Colombia, England, France, Ghana, Ireland, Jamaica, Spain and New Zealand. Iona leads the pack with four selections.

The MAC Hermann Trophy is the highest individual award in intercollegiate soccer. The recipients are selected by head coaches of NCAA Division I programs who are members of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).

The list will be narrowed down by NSCAA members from Division I programs to 15 semifinalists by Nov. 29. Member coaches and fans will then vote for their top three choices and the finalists will be announced Dec. 6. The winner will be announced at the awards’ banquet at the Missouri Athletic Club on Friday, Jan. 11.

2012 NSCAA Men's MAC Hermann Award Watch List
Player Class Pos. School Hometown
Sammy Adjei Jr. F Iona Newark, N.J.
Carlos Alvarez Sr. M Connecticut Los Angeles
Borja Barbero So. GK Iona Valladolid, Spain
Will Bates Sr. F Virginia Chester, Va.
Nathaniel Bekoe Jr. M Fordham Accra, Ghana
Ashton Bennett* Sr. F Coastal Carolina Claredon, Jamaica
Andrew Blake So. GK Connecticut May Pen, Jamaica
Brendon Burgdorf Sr. F Bucknell Westfield, N.J.
Scott Caldwell Sr. M Akron Braintree, Mass.
Franklin Castellanos Jr. M Iona Dover, N.J.
Marvcello Castro Sr. D Sacred Heart Parana, Brazil
Marc Cintron Sr. M Providence Piscataway, N.J.
Ryan Clark Sr. M Monmouth Freehold, N.J.
Liam Collins Jr. M Memphis Skibbereen, Ireland
Leonardo Fernandes Sr. M Stony Brook North Babylon, N.Y.
Shaun Foster Jr. D Hofstra Southport, England
Victor Francoz Sr. GK Old Dominion Fleurieu Sur Saone, France
Tyler Gibson Jr. M Charlotte Knoxville, Tenn.
Simon Gomez Jr. F Dusquesne Manizales, Colombia
Nick Hagglund Jr. D Xavier Cincinnati
Chris Hegngi Sr. F Ohio State Silver Spring, Md.
Coleton Henning Sr. M Furman Shawnee, Kan.
Taylor Kemp Sr. D Maryland Highlands Ranch, Colo.
Jonathan Mendoza Sr. M Stetson Altamonte Springs, Fla.
Steve Neumann Jr. F Georgetown New Hope, Pa.
Oscar Otto Sr. F Iona Willingshore, N.J.
James Price Sr. D Saint Francis (Pa.) Christchurch, New Zealand
Jonny Raj Sr. D Fairfield Auckland, New Zealand
Pedro Ribeiro Jr. M Coastal Carolina Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Devon Sandoval Sr. F New Mexico Albuquerque, N.M.
Eric Schoenle Sr. D West Virginia Yardley, Pa.
Mark Sherrod* Jr. F Memphis Knoxville, Tenn.
Patrick Slogic Jr. D Cornell Colorado Springs, Colo.
Yannick Smith* Sr. F Old Dominion Hillsborough, N.J.
John Stertzer Sr. M Maryland Oakton, Va.
Kyle Venter Sr. D New Mexico Aurora, Colo.
Lee Williams Sr. D Appalachian State Liverpool, England
Reece Wilson Sr. F Central Connecticut London, England
Paul Wyatt Sr. M James Madison Modbury, England
Gyasi Zardes* Jr. F CSU Bakersfield Hawthorne, Calif.
Eriq Zaveleta So. F Indiana Westfield, Ind.
Walker Zimmerman So. D Furman Lawrenceville, Ga.
* 2011 Hermann Award Semifinalist