Carlos Alvarez and Mamadou Diouf Named Hermann Trophy Semifinalists

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Nov. 28, 2012

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STORRS, Conn. - University of Connecticut stars Mamadou Doudou Diouf and Carlos Alvarez have been named two of the 15 semifinalists for the Missouri Athletics Club’s Hermann Trophy, presented annually to the Nation’s top player. Connecticut has had three Hermann Trophy winners: O’Brian White – 2007, Chris Gbandi – 2000, Joseph Morrone – 1980.

Andre Blake was a member of the Preseason Hermann Trophy Watch List, but no goalkeepers were selected on the list of 15 semifinalists.

Head coaches of NCAA Division I programs with current membership in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) will vote to determine the 2012 MAC Hermann Trophy recipient. Three finalists for the award will be announced on Thursday, Dec. 6.

This year’s Hermann Trophy will also be determined partially by fan voting. Fans can VOTE HERE.

Connecticut and Notre Dame are the only two institutions with multiple selections as the UConn stars were joined by fellow All-BIG EAST First Team selections Ryan Finley and Dillon Powers. The BIG EAST had six of the 15 semifinalists.

Both Alvarez and Diouf were named Preseason All-Americans at the start of the season.

Alvarez, a senior captain from Los Angeles, Calif., was recently tabbed BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year and has led UConn to the NCAA Quarterfinals for the second consecutive season. Alvarez is looking to close out his senior season with an NCAA Championship to add to an incredible career. A two-time All-BIG EAST First Team selection and the 2009 BIG EAST Rookie of the Year, Alvarez currently ranks No. 3 all-time at UConn with 42 assists and No. 14 all-time with 82 points. He’s recorded seven goals and nine assists for 23 points in 2012, including assists or goals on nine game-winning tallies.


 

 

Diouf, a junior forward from Dakar, Senegal, earned a spot on the list with 15 goals and two assists for 32 points. Diouf has notched six game-winning goals in 2012. A First Team All-BIG EAST selection in each of the past two seasons, Diouf has registered 34 goals and five assists in 57 career games, good for .60 goals per game in three years. The BIG EAST Preseason Offensive Player of the Year tallied the game-tying goal against New Mexico in the NCAA Third Round to send the contest into overtime this past weekend.

UConn will face Creighton at 1 p.m. on Sunday, December 2 at Morrone Stadium in the NCAA Quarterfinals. The winner of Sunday’s match will advance to the NCAA College Cup in Hoover, Ala. on Friday, December 7. Creighton midfielder Jose Gomez is also a Hermann Trophy Semifinalist.

First

Last

Class

Position

School

Hometown

Carlos

Alvarez

Sr.

M

Connecticut

Los Angeles, Calif.

Don

Anding

Sr.

F

Northeastern

Amity Harbor, N.Y.

Ashton

Bennett

Sr.

F

Coastal Carolina

Clarendon, Jamaica

Scott

Caldwell

Sr.

M

Akron

Braintree, Mass.

Mamadou

Diouf

Jr.

F

Connecticut

Dakar, Senegal

Andrew

Farrell

Jr.

D

Louisville

Louisville, Ky.

Ryan

Finley

Sr.

F

Notre Dame

Lumberton, N.J.

Jose

Gomez

Sr.

M

Creighton

Santa Ana, Calif.

Daniel

Haber

Jr.

F

Cornell

Toronto, Ontario

Robbie

Kristo

So.

F

St. Louis

St. Louis, Mo.

Patrick

Mullins

Jr.

F

Maryland

New Orleans, La.

Steve

Neumann

Jr.

F

Georgetown

New Hope, Pa.

Dillon

Powers

Sr.

M

Notre Dame

Plano, Texas

Devon

Sandoval

Sr.

F

New Mexico

Albuquerque, N.M.

Chris

Thomas

Sr.

F

Elon

Snellville, Ga.