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Wagner & Eskandarian Win Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy


ST. LOUIS, Mo. - (Thursday, December 12, 2002) - Senior midfielder Aly Wagner of Santa Clara University and junior forward Alecko Eskandarian of the University of Virginia are the winners of the 2002 Missouri Athletic Club’s Hermann Trophy, presented to the top male and female players in NCAA Division I soccer. The winners were decided by a vote of current National Soccer Coaches Association of America members at the NCAA Division I level.

This year’s honorees have the distinction of being the first to receive the newly-unified award. This summer’s announcement of the unification of the M.A.C. Award and Hermann Trophy completed the merging of NCAA Division I soccer’s three top honors. In 1999, the M.A.C. and NSCAA came together to create a single award recognizing the top Division I players.

Wagner won the award convincingly. Christie Welsh of Penn State, winner of the 2001 Hermann Trophy and the Missouri Athletic Club Player of the Year award, was the runner-up, followed by Catherine Reddick of North Carolina and Christine Sinclair of Portland.

Wagner, a senior midfielder from San Jose, Calif., helped lead the Broncos to last Sunday’s 2002 College Cup title match, where they lost in overtime to Portland 2-1. She missed seven games with SCU this season while helping the U.S. Women’s National Team to the Gold Cup title and a berth in next year’s Women’s World Cup in China. Wagner’s rise to college soccer’s top honor has not been a meteoric one. She has battled through several injuries throughout her career and persevered.

Wagner is the second player from Santa Clara to win Player of the Year honors. Mandy Clemens captured the Hermann Trophy and M.A.C. award in 1999. Wagner was a finalist for both the M.A.C. and Hermann Awards in 2000 and 2001.

Last season, Wagner helped lead Santa Clara to their first national championship. She scored the lone goal in the title match to give the Broncos a 1-0 victory over North Carolina. In addition to her accomplishments on the field, Wagner has excelled in the classroom where she carries a 3.44 GPA in combined sciences. She recently was named to the Verizon Academic All-District team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Eskandarian edged Pat Noonan of Indiana by four points to win the men’s award. Noonan was also runner-up for the M.A.C. award in 2001. Finishing third in the balloting was Diego Walsh of Southern Methodist University and fourth was Mike Tranchilla of Creighton.

Eskandarian, a junior midfielder from Montvale, N.J., established himself as the most prolific goal scorer in the storied soccer history of the University of Virginia. In 2002, he scored a school-record 25 goals in 20 games. His 25th goal came in the second round of the NCAA tournament against William and Mary. The season ended for the Cavaliers that day with a heart-breaking loss on penalty kicks.

Eskandarian has posted 113 career points, sixth best all-time at Virginia. He has scored 50 goals, placing him fourth all-time at UVA. His 16 game-wining goals, rank him third on the Cavaliers career list.

Eskandarian becomes the fifth player from the University of Virginia to be recognized as college soccer’s Player of the Year. He joins John Harkes, Tony Meola, Claudio Reyna and Mike Fisher as Cavaliers who have been honored by the M.A.C.

Wagner and Eskandarian will be honored at a dinner Friday, Jan. 10, 2003, at the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis. Bruce Arena, head coach of the U.S. men’s soccer team and former Virginia coach, will be the featured speaker at the dinner. The winners also will be recognized as part of the NSCAA All-America Luncheon, to be held Saturday, Jan. 18, as part of the 2003 NSCAA Convention in Kansas City, Mo.

An exhibition dedicated to the new award featuring all former recipients of both the M.A.C. and Hermann trophies, the current winners, a replica of the Irish crystal trophy and the original Hermann Trophy will be unveiled in 2003 at the National Soccer Museum in Oneonta, N.Y. Additional information about the soccer Hall of Fame can be found at www.soccerhall.org.

All-Time Hermann Trophy Award Winners

MEN
Year Player, College

  • 1967: Dov Markus, Long Island University
  • 1968: Manuel Hernandez, San Jose State *
  • 1969: Al Trost, St. Louis University *
  • 1970: Al Trost, St. Louis University *
  • 1971: Mike Seerey, St. Louis University
  • 1972: Mike Seerey, St. Louis University
  • 1973: Dan Counce, St. Louis University *
  • 1974: Farrukh Quraishi, Oneonta State University
  • 1975: Steve Ralbovsky, Brown University
  • 1976: Glenn Myernick, Hartwick College *
  • 1977: Billy Gazonas, Hartwick College
  • 1978: Angelo DiBernardo, Indiana University *
  • 1979: Jim Stamatis, Penn State University
  • 1980: Joe Morrone, Jr., University of Connecticut
  • 1981: Armando Betancourt, Indiana University
  • 1982: Joe Ulrich, Duke University
  • 1983: Mike Jeffries, Duke University *
  • 1984: Amr Aly, Columbia University *
  • 1985: Tom Kain, Duke University *
  • 1986: John Kerr, Duke University *
  • 1987: Bruce Murray, Clemson University *
  • 1988: Ken Snow, Indiana University *
  • 1989: Tony Meola, University of Virginia *
  • 1990: Ken Snow, Indiana University *
  • 1991: Alexi Lalas, Rutgers University *
  • 1992: Brad Friedel, UCLA *
  • 1993: Claudio Reyna, University of Virginia *
  • 1994: Brian Maisonneuve, Indiana University *
  • 1995: Mike Fisher, University of Virginia
  • 1996: Mike Fisher, University of Virginia
  • 1997: Johnny Torres, Creighton University
  • 1998: Wojtek Krakowiak, Clemson University
  • 1999: Ali Curtis, Duke University
  • 2000: Chris Gbandi, University of Connecticut
  • 2001: Luchi Gonzalez, Southern Methodist University

WOMEN
Year: Player, College

  • 1988: Michelle Akers, University of Central Florida *
  • 1989: Shannon Higgins, University of North Carolina*
  • 1990: April Kater, University of Massachusetts
  • 1991: Kristine Lilly, University of North Carolina *
  • 1992: Mia Hamm, University of North Carolina *
  • 1993: Mia Hamm, University of North Carolina *
  • 1994: Tisha Venturini, University of North Carolina *
  • 1995: Shannon MacMillan, Portland University *
  • 1996: Cindy Daws, University of Notre Dame *
  • 1997: Cindy Parlow, University of North Carolina *
  • 1998: Cindy Parlow, University of North Carolina *
  • 1999: Mandy Clemens, Santa Clara University *
  • 2000: Anne Makinen, University of Notre Dame
  • 2001: Christie Welsh, Penn State University *

* has appeared for the U.S. National Team

All-Time Missouri Athletic Club Award Winners

MEN
Year: Player, College

  • 1986: John Kerr, Jr., Duke University *
  • 1987: John Harkes, University of Virginia *
  • 1988: Ken Snow, Indiana University *
  • 1989: Tony Meola, University of Virginia *
  • 1990: Ken Snow, Indiana University *
  • 1991: Alexi Lalas, Rutgers University *
  • 1992: Claudio Reyna, University of Virginia *
  • 1993: Claudio Reyna, University of Virginia *
  • 1994: Todd Yeagley, Indiana University
  • 1995: Matt McKeon, St. Louis University *
  • 1996: Mike Fisher, University of Virginia
  • 1997: Johnny Torres, Creighton University
  • 1998: Jay Heaps, Duke University
  • 1999: Sasha Victorine, UCLA *
  • 2000: Ali Curtis, Duke University
  • 2001: Luchi Gonzalez, Southern Methodist University

WOMEN
Year: Player, College

  • 1991: Kristine Lilly, University of North Carolina *
  • 1992: Mia Hamm, University of North Carolina *
  • 1993: Mia Hamm, University of North Carolina *
  • 1994: Tisha Venturini, University of North Carolina *
  • 1995: Shannon MacMillan, University of Portland *
  • 1996: Cindy Daws, University of Notre Dame *
  • 1997: Cindy Parlow, University of North Carolina *
  • 1998: Cindy Parlow, University of North Carolina *
  • 1999: Mandy Clemens, Santa Clara University *
  • 2000: Anne Makinen, University of Notre Dame
  • 2001: Christie Welsh, Penn State University *

* has appeared for the U.S. National Team

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