November 28, 2012
MAC HERMANN TROPHY SEMIFINALISTS
Three local products on the list
KANSAS CITY, Kan---Three players who hail from the Metroplex are among the 15 men and 15 women that have been announced as the Missouri Athletic Club’s Hermann Trophy semifinalists.
Notre Dame's Dillon Powers who hails from Plano College Cup bound Stanford's, Alina Garciamendez from Fairview and Duke's Natasha Anasi from Arlington are up for the award which is the highest individual award in intercollegiate soccer. It is presented annually in January during a banquet at the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis.
Powers earned his fourth All-Big East honor, and first First Team selection, this season. He was a second team pick as a sophomore and junior and was on the all-rookie squad in 2009. The central midfielder has played in a team-high 69 straight games, including 56 consecutive starts, and posted career-high totals this season in points (14) and assists (6). His four goals this season have tied a career-best mark. He scored the only goal as the Irish defeated UConn 1-0 in the Big East semifinals, and collected two assists as the top-seeded Fighting Irish blanked Michigan 3-0 in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
He is also on the ballot for the Soccer News Net College Boot
Garciamendez has registered 13 points on the campaign, scoring six goals and adding an assist, and is one of three Cardinal to have started all 23 games this season.
Anasi started all 23 games for the Blue Devils at the center back position. She was a second team All-ACC selection in 2012 as she helped lead Duke to its second straight NCAA Elite Eight appearance along with a 15-6-2 record. Anasi registered two assists on the season and guided the Blue Devils to six shutouts on the year. She logged a team-high 2,017 minutes.
Several players from this year’s Watch List were named semifinalists. On the men’s side, Connecticut’s Carlos Alvarez (Los Angeles), Coastal Carolina’s Ashton Bennett (Claredon, Jamaica), Akron’s Scott Caldwell (Braintree, Mass.), Georgetown’s Steve Neumann (New Hope, Pa.), and New Mexico’s Devon Sandoval (Albuquerque, N.M.).
On the women’s side, Watch List players turned semifinalists include Duke’s Natasha Anasi (Arlington, Texas), UCLA’s Zakiya Bywaters (Las Vegas), North Carolina’s Crystal Dunn (Rockville Centre, N.Y.), Florida State’s Ines Jaurena (Charenton-le-Pont, France), BYU’s Lindsi Lisonbee Cutshall (Park City, Utah), Boston College’s Kristen Mewis (Hanson, Mass.), Virginia’s Carolina Miller (Rockville, Md.), Florida’s Erika Tymrak (Bradenton, Fla.), and Penn State’s Maya Hayes (West Orange, N.J.) and Christine Nairn (Arnold, Md.).
The top three vote-getters for each gender will be announced Thursday, Dec. 6. The winner will be announced during the MAC Hermann Trophy banquet in St. Louis on Friday, Jan. 11, 2013.