Aug. 18, 2011
Louisville, Ky. -
Seniors Colin Rolfe and Austin Berry were named to the Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy Watch List for the 2011 season. The MAC Hermann Trophy is the highest individual award in intercollegiate soccer. The recipients are selected by head coaches of NCAA Division I programs who are members of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).
Rolfe was the second runner-up for the Hermann Trophy last season and the only finalist to return to the field in 2011. He was named the preseason BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year and a candidate for the Lowe's Senior Class Award. He returns for his senior season after leading the team in scoring for the second straight season with nine goals and seven assists for 25 points. Last season he was named an All-BIG EAST First Team selection for the second straight season. He was also a consensus All-American, earning the distinction for the second straight year. He was also named to the BIG EAST All-Tournament team and the College Cup All-Tournament team.
Berry was also named a Lowe's Senior Class Award Candidate and the preseason BIG EAST Defender of the Year. Last season he earned numerous All-American honors, including his first NSCAA All-American honor. Berry was named the 2010 BIG EAST Defender of the Year and earned first team All-BIG EAST honors. He was also named to the BIG EAST All-Tournament team and the College Cup All-Tournament team. Berry has already earned his Bachelor's degree in communications and is currently working on a Master's degree in Justice Administration.
A total of 35 different schools and seven countries are represented on the list, including players from the United States, Australia, Brazil, England, Ghana, New Zealand and Sweden.
Voting for the MAC Hermann Trophy is conducted in late November, when a field of 15 semifinalists is reduced to three finalists. Those three will be invited to the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis on Friday, Jan. 6, 2012, where a news conference will be held to announce the winner, followed by a banquet to honor the three finalists.