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2013 Men's MAC Hermann Trophy Semifinalists

RELEASE: Thirty College Soccer Players Named MAC Hermann Trophy Semifinalists

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Andre Blake, Connecticut
Junior Goalkeeper
May Pen, Jamaica

2013 American Athletic Conference Goalkeeper of the Year and All-Conference First Team… Has allowed just 15 goals in 20 matches this season, boasting a 0.69 goals against average… Recorded 10 shutouts this year… Ranks third all-time in UConn history with 36 career shutouts… Has the fourth most wins in program history (46)…  Named the Conference Goalkeeper of the Year in each of his first three years at UConn… Earned All-Conference First Team honors all three years… Was an NSCAA First Team All-American and the New England Soccer News Player of the Year as a sophomore… Tied the Connecticut school record with 15 shutouts in his freshman year and also set a record with nine straight shutouts that year… His 0.39 goals against average during his freshman season ranks third in school history… Has only lost nine matches in total and just two at home during his three years at UConn… Led Connecticut to the NCAA Quarterfinals in each of the past three seasons.

Steven Birnbaum, University of California, Berkley
Senior Defender
Irvine, California

One of three team captains … Started and played every minute of all 18 games in central defense … Has posted ten goals and one assist … First Team All-Pac-12 Selection … Pac-12 All-Academic Honorable Mention … College Soccer News Golden Boot Award Finalist … Scored his first goal of the season in the 48th minute by converting a penalty vs. #3 Georgetown on 8/30 … Posted a goal and an assist in the Bears’ overtime win on 9/1 vs. #2 Maryland … Helped anchor the defense in their first shutout of the year in a win @ USF on 9/5 … Opened the scoring in the 20th minute with his third goal of the season on a header in a 1-1 tie on 9/13 @ Penn State … Headed in another goal for the Bears in their win vs. Colgate on 9/20 … Scored for the third consecutive match, and for the fifth time in six appearances in the 12th minute in the win on 9/22 vs. College of Charleston … Was key in the team’s second shutout of the year in an overtime victory vs. SCU on 9/27 … Scored his sixth goal of the season off of a corner kick in a win on 10/3 vs. Oregon State … Played all 110 minutes of a 1-1 draw vs. #3 UW on 10/6 … Played full 90 minutes on 10/10 in a win @ SDSU … Scored the equalizer on a penalty for his seventh goal on the season in a 3-2 overtime win @ #6 UCLA on 10/13 … Tallied the game-winning goal in the 86th minute by finishing a rebound after his penalty attempt was saved in the Bay Area Derby on 10/20 vs. Stanford ... Started and played the full 90 minutes in the loss vs. San Diego on 10/25, in the win on 11/1 vs. SDSU and vs. #3 UCLA on 11/3 ... Scored the opening goal on a header @ Oregon State in a 3-0 win on 11/8 … DNP on 11/10 @ #3 UW or @Stanford on 11/13 … Postseason: Scored the gamewinning goal in the 35th minute on a 35-yard strike into the top corner of the far post vs. Bradley in the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament on 11/24 … Was key in defense as the Bears shut out Coastal Carolina 1-0 in the Third Round of the NCAA Tournament

AJ Cochran, University of Wisconsin
Junior Defender
St. Louis, Missouri

Started all 21 matches ... named 2013 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year ... selected as a first-team All-Big Ten honoree for second-consecutive season … named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week (Oct. 14) ... awarded UIC Classic All-Tournament team honors (Sept. 22) ... anchored a backline that recorded seven shutouts in 2013 and allowed just eight goals during Big Ten play … logged six points on three goals from defender position ... tied for second on team in game-winning goals (2) ... registered two goals and four points, including game-winning goal in 4-3 comeback win vs. Indiana (Oct. 11) ... recorded third career goal and game-winner at FGCU (Sept. 14) … named to College Soccer News' Preseason All-American squad ... selected to Top Drawer Soccer's D1 Preseason Best XI's third-team … recognized as 24th best collegiate soccer player in the country by Top Drawer Soccer (Oct. 21).

Taylor Peay, University of Washington
Senior Defender
Salt Lake City, Utah

Started all 21 games this season at center back, leading Washington to a Pac-12 Championship and No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament ... scored six goals on the season ... named First Team All-Pac-12 ... a two-time Pac-12 Player of the Week selection (Sept. 10Oct. 8) ... the NSCAA National Player of the Week (Sept. 10)... named to the College Soccer News National Team of the Week (Oct. 9) ... named the College News Net National Player of the Week (Oct. 10) ... a Fourth Team All-American by College Sports Madness ... key member of the Husky defense that has allowed just 16 goals in 21 games thus far ... had a hat trick in a 4-1 win over Santa Clara (Sept. 3) also scored in a 4-1 win over Portland (Sept. 6) for a four-goal week ... scored on a header in the 85th minute to tie then No.1 California, 1-1, in Berkeley (Oct. 6) ... had the game-winning goal in a 3-1 win at Stanford (Oct. 3) … started 19 of 20 games last season, scoring once … appeared in 69 career games for the Huskies.

Kyle Venter, University of New Mexico
Senior Defender
Aurora, Colorado

2013 Conference USA Most Valuable Player… 2013 Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year… 2013 All-Conference USA First Team… 2012 NSCAA and College Soccer News All-American… 2011 NSCAA and College Soccer News All-American… 2012 NSCAA Scholar All-American… Academic All-Conference performer in 2011 and 2012… Became New Mexico’s all-time career minutes played leader in win over Penn State in Sweet 16… Can become UNM’s first-ever three-time All-American.

Laurie Bell, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Junior Midfielder
Poynton, England

Bell had a phenomenal campaign, finishing among the nation’s best with his 13 goals and 30 points as the Panthers went 15-3-2 and advanced to the ninth NCAA Tournament in program history … team captain started all 20 matches on the season and led the league in points and goals and with 95 shots … 2013 Horizon League Player of the Year and Horizon League Offensive Player of the Year … ranks ninth in the nation in goals (13), 12th in goals-per-game (0.65), 13th in points (30) and 17th in points per game (1.5) … Bell was the first Panther since 2004 to score over 13 goals and tally over 30 points in a season  … a first-team all-league selection for the second-straight season … also excels in the classroom, honored last week as a First-Team Academic All-American … scored goals in five-straight games on two occasions over the course of the season, while also netting back-to-back game-winners at the end of October.

Aodhan Quinn, Akron University
Senior Midfielder
San Diego, California

2013 Mid-American Conference Player of the Year and All-MAC First Team honoree … voted one of three team captains … second on the team with seven goals, including a trio of game-winners … also added an assist for a total of 15 points … played a key linking role in the Zips' possession-based attack … was at his best during the postseason, scoring a goal in three straight matches in the MAC Tournament and NCAA Tournament … found the back of the net versus West Virginia in the MAC semifinals and against Western Michigan in the championship match … scored a goal and assisted another in the Zips' 3-2 win over defending national champion Indiana in the first round of the NCAA Tournament … named to the 11-man, MAC All-Tournament Team … willed Akron to a dramatic come-from-behind victory over then-ranked No. 11 Penn State with both goals in a 2-1, double-overtime result … pulled the Zips even in the 83rd minute against the Nittany Lions, then bagged the golden goal in the 106th minute … also notched the game-winning goal in a 1-0 victory over No. 15 Wake Forest … three-time, all-conference performer in as many seasons at Akron after transferring from Bradley following his freshman campaign. 

Pedro Ribeiro, Coastal Carolina University
Senior Midfielder
Belo Horizonte, Brazil

2013 Big South Attacking Player of the Year and All-Big South First Team … Named 2012 Big South Tournament MVP … Has tallied 11 goals and seven assists … Starter in 23 matches for the 11th-ranked Chanticleers … Stands at No. 16 in the country and second in the Big South with 29 points this season (11 goals, 7 assists) … Recorded three goals against ranked opponents in  2013 … Ranks 11th all-time at Coastal Carolina with 31 goals and sixth with 26 assists ... Three-time College Soccer NewsNational Team of the Week honoree … 2011 NSCAA All-American … All-Big South First Team 2012 and 2011 and All-Freshman Team in 2010 … Propelled Coastal to a 27-match Big South regular season winning streak from 2011-13 … Has led Coastal to a NCAA best 57 victories since 2011, including an NCAA-high 19 this season … Ranked as a Top 10 Midfielder byTopDrawerSoccer.com.

Leo Stolz, UCLA
Junior Midfielder
Munich, Germany

Pac-12 Player of the Year ... first-team All-Pac-12 selection ... honorable mention Pac-12 All-Academic selection ... leads the Pac-12 with 30 points (11 g, 8 a), 1.50 points per game and goals (11) ... finished tied for the team lead with eight assists ... ranks 13th and 25th respectively in the country in points and assists ... also ranks 17th nationally in points per game and 20th in goals ... tied for the Pac-12 lead with four game-winning goals ... played in all 20 matches, making 18 starts ... finished second among UCLA's position players with 1,588 minutes played ... ranked as the No. 9 player to watch in the country by Top Drawer Soccer ... was named the Pac-12 Player of the Week for the week of Sept. 9-15 after scoring the game-winner vs. UC Santa Barbara on Sept. 13 and scoring another goal and notching an assist against San Diego on Sept. 15 ... also earned Top Drawer Soccer and College Soccer News National Team of the Week honors for his performance ... had a two-goal performance at Cal State Northridge on Sept. 22, which included the game-winner in the 74th minute ... also scored the game-winner and added an assist vs. UC Riverside on Sept. 26 ... tallied assists vs. California on Oct. 13 and vs. Washington on Oct. 27 ... added a goal at Washington on Oct. 21 ... scored the game-winning goal at No. 1 California on Nov. 3, earning Pac-12 Player of the Week and College Soccer News National Team of the Week for his performance ... finished the regular season with a two-goal game at San Diego State on Nov. 16, earning College Soccer News National Team of the Week honors ... recorded three assists in the NCAA Second Round against Elon on Nov. 24, earning College Soccer News National Team of the Week honors for the fourth time this season ... three assists were the most by a UCLA player in a postseason game since Cliff McKinley had three vs. Penn State in the 2002 NCAA Quarterfinals ... posted his third multi-goal game of the year in the NCAA Third Round against Connecticut, scoring two goals vs. the Huskies.

Pete Caringi III, UMBC
Senior Forward
Baltimore, Maryland

Caringi earned America East’s Striker of the Year Award for the second consecutive year… He is the first repeat Striker of the Year in the 12-year history of the award…  Caringi also earned America East Fans’ Choice Player of the Year honors for the second straight year… He had an outstanding post-season, scoring a pair of goals and adding an assist in UMBC’s 4-0 America East championship game victory over Hartford… Caringi scored the game-tying goal in the 77th minute in UMBC’s Second Round 2-2 double overtime draw versus U. Conn…He led America East with 13 goals and 29 total points… The Baltimore native finished his career with 37 goals (fourth on the all-time list) and 91 points (fifth all-time).

Tim Hopkinson, Old Dominion University
Senior Forward                                

Nottingham, England

Named to C-USA All-Tournament team...C-USA Offensive Player of the Year...First team All-C-USA...All-C-USA...Leads C-USA in total goals and total points...Scored his second hat trick of his career with 3 goals vs. VMI....Two goals vs. UCF...Team co-Captain...Named C-USA Player of the Week on Sept. 23rdand on Oct. 14th...Also named NSCAA National Player of the Week on Oct. 15th...11th nationally in total goals...15th nationally in total points...4th all-time at ODU with 33 career goals...3rd all-time at ODU in career points with 85...six game winning goals.

Sagi Lev-Ari, Cal State University - Northridge
Junior Forward                                
Haifa, Israel

Appeared in all 23 matches for Cal State Northridge with 21 starts … All-Big West First Team in 2013 … Finalist for Soccer News Net College Boot … Entered the NCAA Tournament tied for the national lead in goals scored (16) and led all scorers in Division I with 38 points … Had six assists and five game-winning goals to his credit … Led the Big West and is seventh in the nation (as of 12/2) with 1.65 points per game … In 2013 Big West Conference Tournament, scored five goals and 10 points in three matches … Scored a hat trick in two matches: vs. Memphis (9/1) and at then-No. 10 UC Santa Barbara in the Big West Semifinal (11/15) … Had five multi-goal games … First Matador with 16 goals in a season since Willie Sims (2004) … Tied for seventh in the single-season record book at CSUN for goals and tied for ninth in points (Jose Perez, 1984) … Has 31 goals, six assists and 68 points in two seasons for CSUN (45 matches).

Patrick Mullins, University of Maryland
Senior Forward                                
New Orleans, Louisiana

First Team All-ACC…ACC Championship Most Valuable Player after leading the Terps to their second straight ACC title...third all-time in goals at Maryland with 43…tallied a goal against Stanford in a 3-3 tie (8/30)… recorded an assist in a 3-2 loss against California (9/1)… scored a goal in a 3-1 win against Duke (9/6)… logged two assists in a 2-3 loss against VCU (9/8)… netted two goals in a 3-1 win over #4 Clemson (9/21)… tallied a penalty kick goal in a 2-1 win over #23 Tulsa (10/1)… scored a goal in a 1-1 tie against #2 Notre Dame (10/8)… tallied two goals and an assist in a 3-3 tie against #23 Virginia (10/11)… scored two goals in a 5-0 win against Marshall (10/15)… posted two goals against Wake Forest (10/19)….tallied a goal each against Providence and UC Irvine in the NCAA Tournament…leads the team in goals (16), assists, points, shots and shots on goal.

Steve Neumann, Georgetown University
Senior Foward
New Hope, Pennsylvania

BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year...Started all 21 games for the Blue & Gray...Scored 10 goals with six assist for a total of 26 points...Ranked second on the team in scoring...4-of-4 on PK's...Ranks second in the conference and 28th in the nation in total points...Helped the Hoyas to a mark of 14-5-2 and the Sweet 16...Georgetown won the BIG EAST Regular Season Championship...Ranks third in the BIG EAST in total goals and fifth in total assists...Became one of the top three scorers in program history this season...Had his second-career hat trick this season against Seton Hall

Harrison Shipp, University of Notre Dame
Senior Forward
Lake Forest, Illinois

ACC Offensive Player of the Year and First Team All-ACC … Capital One Academic All-America of the Year® for Division I men’s soccer … Capital One Academic All-America First Team … leads the Fighting Irish in goals (12) and assists (8) … five game-winning goals … has registered two career-best seven-game point streaks this season, including one that still is active … has scored three goals in the team’s first two NCAA Championship contests … netted two goals in Notre Dame’s 4-0 win over Wisconsin in the second round of the NCAA Championship … tallied the team’s fourth goal in a 4-2 triumph of Wake Forest in the NCAA Round of 16 … deposited both goals, including the golden goal, in a 2-1 overtime victory at Clemson on Oct. 5 … a major reason why Notre Dame captured a share of the ACC regular-season title in its first season in the league … helped the Fighting Irish earn the No. 1 national ranking in the NSCAA poll for the weeks of Nov. 5 and Nov. 12 and garner the No. 3 seed for the NCAA Championship … a team captain and Senior CLASS Award finalist … has continued his streak of never missing a match during his Notre Dame career.

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