Aug. 8, 2007
MISSION, Kan. - Florida State defender Sarah Wagenfuhr was named to the Missouri Athletic Club Hermann Trophy Watch List as announced by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) on Wednesday, August 8. Wagenfuhr is among 45 student-athletes on this year's watch list including nine from the ACC to lead all conferences. The MAC Hermann Trophy is presented to nation's top collegiate player.
"It's an honor to have Sarah on this list," stated Florida State head coach Mark Krikorian. "She's one of the best young leaders that I have come across. Wags is the type of player that gives the same performance everyday whether it comes during training or on game day. She's intense, focused and hardworking. Most importantly she cares and all those types of qualities lead to success both on the field and in the classroom."
Wagenfuhr becomes the fifth Seminole in four years to be named to the watch list of this prestigious award. She joins a growing list of other Seminole greats including Leah Gallegos (2004), Kelly Rowland (2005), Selin Kuralay (2006) and India Trotter (2006). Both Kuralay and Trotter were named semifinalists a season ago.
"Being on the list is an honor for her as well as our program," explained Krikorian. "It's a sign of respect from folks out there that Florida State has quality players and that these student-athletes are playing at an elite level."
One of FSU's top threats on set pieces, Wagenfuhr has started every game of her career (48) since coming to Florida State in the fall of 2005. She is part of a backline that returns all four starters from last year's team that set single-season records for shutouts (14) and GAA (0.67). Last season, Wagenfuhr recorded one point on an assist while registering eight total shots, including five shots on goal. She started all 10 games in the ACC regular season and played every minute of every game, a span equaling 937 minutes. The Colorado Springs, Colo., native was named team captain for the upcoming season.
"This is big honor," said Wagenfuhr. "It's nice to see that all that hard work put in over the last two years and continuing into the start of this season has paid off. This is definitely a tribute to having good teammates around me, always pushing me to be better."
Players are selected to the MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List by a committee of Division I coaches who are NSCAA members. In November, the list will be narrowed to 15 semifinalists. Three finalists will be named in early December in conjunction with the NCAA Division I College Cup and will be invited to the Missouri Athletic Club on Friday, January 11, 2008. The winner of the 2007 award will be announced during a nationally-televised news conference that evening.
Kerri Hanks, a junior forward at the University of Notre Dame, was the winner of the Hermann Trophy in 2006.
2007 Women's Missouri Athletic Club Hermann Trophy Watch List
As selected by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)
Pos., Name, Cl., School
M, Ameera Abdullah, Jr., Florida
F, Danesha Adams, Sr., UCLA
M, Yael Averbuch, Jr., North Carolina
K, Lizzie Barnes, Jr., Navy
F, Stacy Bishop, Sr., Florida
D, Rachel Buehler, Sr., Stanford
M, Paige Carmichael, Sr., Texas A&M
F, Kelsey Carpenter, Sr., Texas
F, Lauren Cheney, So., UCLA
M, Amanda Cicchini, Jr., West Virginia
M, Amanda Cinalli, Sr., Notre Dame
M, Danielle Collins, Jr., William & Mary
M, Lara Dickenmann, Sr., Ohio State
M, Christina DiMartino, Jr., UCLA
F, Gina DiMartino, So., Boston College
M, Sheree Gray, Jr., Penn State
K, Ashley Gunter, Jr., SMU
F, Kerri Hanks, Jr., Notre Dame
D, Jessica Harmon, Jr., BYU
M, Tobin Heath, So., North Carolina
D, Lauren Hyde, So., Florida
D, Nikki Krzysik, Jr., Virginia
F, Katie Larkin, Jr., BYU
F, Adele Letro, Jr., Utah
M, Allie Long, Jr., North Carolina
D, Stephanie Lopez, Sr., Portland
K, Jillian Loyden, Sr., Villanova
F, Ella Masar, Sr., Illinois
D, Jessica Maxwell, Sr., North Carolina
D, Kasey Moore, Jr., Texas
F, Kelley O'Hara, So., Stanford
M, Yolanda Odenyo, Sr., Oklahoma State
K, Ashley Phillips, Sr., Clemson
F, Ashlee Pistorius, Sr., Texas A&M
M, Megan Rapinoe, Jr., Portland
D, Denay Riley, Sr., Penn State
F, Kylie Rossi, Jr., Tennessee
F, Jess Rostedt, Jr., Virginia
M, Meghan Schnur, Sr., Connecticut
M, Marisha Schumacher-Hodge, Jr., Boston University
F, Meagan Snell, Sr., Santa Clara
D, Brittany Taylor, Jr., Connecticut
D, Sarah Wagenfuhr, Jr., Florida State
M, Angie Woznuk, Sr., Portland
F, Claire Zimmeck, Jr., William & Mary
D, Emily Zurrer, Jr., Illinois