Duke's Wenger Claims 2011 MAC Hermann Trophy
Jan. 6, 2012
St. Louis, Mo. -- Duke junior forward Andrew Wenger has been named the male recipient of the 2011 Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy, presented to the top player in NCAA Division I soccer. Wenger, the 2011 Atlantic Coast Conference Offensive Player of the Year, is the first recipient of the award to be coached by a former winner. Blue Devils coach John Kerr received the award in 1986 after a standout season as the leader of Duke's national championship team. Billy Schuler, a member of North Carolina's 2011 NCAA title team, joined Wenger as finalist for this year's award.
Stanford's Teresa Noyola was the female recipient of the 2011 MAC Hermann Trophy.
Wenger (Lititz, Pa.) led the ACC with 17 goals and 42 points overall and ranked fourth nationally in total points and sixth in total goals. A starter in every game for the Blue Devils over the past three years, Wenger has earned nearly every ACC award possible. He was selected the 2011 ACC Offensive Player of the Year, after being named the ACC Rookie of the Year and ACC Defensive Player of the Year in 2009 and 2010, respectively.
Wenger is the fourth Duke player to win the prestigious crystal soccer ball trophy, following Kerr (1986), Jay Heaps (1998) and Ali Curtis (2000). Equally as successful in the classroom, he became the second Blue Devil in program history to earn CoSIDA Academic All-America first team honors. Wenger was also recently one of four juniors to receive NSCAA Scholar All-America first team honors.