Story courtesy of the NSCAA
The Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year, the Mid-American Conference Player of the Year and a first-team All-Big East All selection comprise the three finalists for the 2010 Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy, the highest individual honor in intercollegiate soccer. The finalists were determined in voting by Division I men's head coaches at institutions who are members of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).
Will Bruin from Indiana, Darlington Nagbe from Akron, and Colin Rolfe from Louisville are the three finalists for the award. The trio will be invited to the Missouri Athletic Club in downtown St. Louis on Friday, Jan. 7, for a news conference, where the winner of the award will be revealed (approximately 7 p.m. EST). A banquet at the Club that evening will feature the formal presentation of the prestigious crystal soccer ball trophy to the winner.
Bruin, a junior forward from St. Louis, Mo., was the 2010 Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year. He appeared in all 20 games and helped Indiana reach the third round of the NCAA Tournament. Bruin led the Hoosiers in scoring with 41 points on 18 goals and five assists. He ranked third in the nation in points and points per game (2.05). Bruin posted three game-winning goals during the season. He earned NSCAA National Player of the Week honors Oct. 13 after leading IU to an upset of No. 11 Creighton.
Nagbe, a junior forward from Lakewood, Ohio, has started all 23 games and helped Akron reach the College Cup for the second consecutive season. This season, he has posted 27 points on seven goals and 13 assists. Nagbe was named the Mid-American Conference Player of the Year. He earned NSCAA National Player of the Week honors Sept. 8. Nagbe is the third consecutive Akron player to be voted a finalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy (2008 runner-up Steve Zakuani and 2009 winner Teal Bunbury).
Rolfe, a junior forward from Canton, Mich., has started all 22 games and has led Louisville to a No. 1 ranking and the program's first College Cup. He leads the team in scoring with 25 points on nine goals and seven assists. Rolfe earned first-team All-Big East honors. On Dec. 4, he scored two goals in a victory over UCLA that earned the Cardinals a trip to the College Cup. Rolfe was a MAC Hermann Trophy semifinalist last year and becomes the first player in Louisville history to be voted a finalist.
The Missouri Athletic Club has honored the top player in collegiate soccer since 1986. Some of the biggest names in soccer, such as Mia Hamm and Claudio Reyna, have won the award. For a complete list of past winners, go to www.mac-hermann-trophy.org. For more information on the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, go to www.NSCAA.com.