By Steven McCartney, FSU Sports Information Assistant
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State captain Dagny Brynjarsdottir has been named to the Missouri Athletic Club’s (MAC) Hermann Trophy Watch List for the second consecutive season. The 33-member Watch List was announced by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America on Wednesday afternoon.
The MAC Hermann Trophy is the highest individual award in collegiate soccer. Recipients of the award are selected by head coaches of NCAA Division I programs who are members of the NSCAA.
Brynjarsdottir, a native of Hella, Iceland, is coming off her best season last year setting single-season career-highs for points (33) and goals (14), as well as shots (74), shots on goal (37) and game-winning goals (7). Her seven game-winning goals tied for the second most in a single season in school history as she now has 14 over her three-year career, tied with former All-American Tiffany McCarty for the most in Florida State history.
“Dagny has had an outstanding career thus far and we look forward to having her cap off her collegiate career in a very positive fashion this year,” Florida State head coach Mark Krikorian said. “She has continued to develop into one of the top midfielders in the country and we are ecstatic for her to receive this preseason recognition.”
The senior midfielder ranked in the top 10 in the ACC in four offensive categories in 2013. For her efforts, Brynjarsdottir garnered second team All-America and first team All-ACC honors, while guiding the Seminoles to the national finals for the second time in school history.
For her career, Brynjarsdottir has tallied 73 points, 28 goals and 145 shots, all of which rank in the top 10 in school history.
This is the 11th consecutive season that at least one Seminole has been named to the Hermann Trophy Watch List. Brynjarsdottir becomes the fifth Seminole to be named to the Watch List in consecutive seasons, following Becky Edwards and Amanda DaCosta in 2008 and 2009, and Tiffany McCarty and Toni Pressley in 2010 and 2011.
In 2007, Mami Yamaguchi won the MAC Hermann Trophy, the first and only player in school history to win the award. Yamaguchi led the country in points that season with 66, while finishing second in goals (24) and assists (18). Like Brynjarsdottir in 2013, Yamaguchi led the Seminoles to the National Championship game in 2007.
Brynjarsdottir is one of seven players on the Watch List from the ACC, including the 2013 MAC Hermann Trophy winner Morgan Brian from Virginia.
As the 2014 season winds down, Division I coaches that are NSCAA members will vote on their top choices for the Hermann Trophy and 15 semifinalists will be named. From that pool, three finalists will be named and the winner will be announced on January 9, 2015 at the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis.
2014 MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List
Jessie Ayers, Sr., Colorado College
Janine Beckie, Jr., Texas Tech
Morgan Brian, Sr., Virginia
Dagny Brynjarsdottir, Sr., Florida State
Kadeisha Buchanan, So., West Virginia
Whitney Church, Sr., Penn State
Danielle Colaprico, Sr., Virginia
Daphne Corboz, Sr., Georgetown
Abby Dahlkemper, Sr., UCLA
Rachel Daly, Jr., St. John’s
Sabrina D’Angelo, Sr., South Carolina
Makenzy Doniak, Jr., Virginia
Caroline Dwyer, Jr., Pennsylvania
Jannelle Flaws, Sr., Illinois
Leah Galton, Jr., Hofstra
Arin Gilliland, Sr., Kentucky
Summer Green, Jr., North Carolina
Shea Groom, Sr., Texas A&M
Jaelene Hinkle, Sr., Texas Tech
Sofia Huerta, Sr., Santa Clara
Darian Jenkins, So., UCLA
Savannah Jordan, So., Florida
Sarah Killion, Sr., UCLA
Lo’eau LaBonta, Sr., Stanford
McKenzie Meehan, Jr., Boston College
Margaret Purce, So., Harvard
Cari Roccaro, Jr., Notre Dame
Katelyn Rowland, Sr., UCLA
Jade Seabrook, Sr., Navy
Havana Solaun, Sr., Florida
Meghan Streight, Sr., Texas A&M
Taylor Uhl, Sr., Stanford
Christen Westphal, Jr., Florida
Hannah Wilkinson, Sr., Tennessee
Lynn Williams, Sr., Pepperdine
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