TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Heading into the 2016 season, a pair of Seminoles have received national recognition as redshirt senior Kirsten Crowley and sophomore Megan Connolly have been selected to the MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List, as announced by the Missouri Athletic Club on Wednesday.
The MAC Hermann Trophy is the most prestigious individual award in college soccer presented annually to one male and female athlete. The winners will be announced Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, during the trophy presentation banquet at the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis.
The Seminole duo are among 36 student-athletes that have been selected for this season’s watch list. Florida State is one of eight teams with multiple student-athletes on the Watch List, joining UConn, Duke, Florida, USC, Stanford, Virginia and West Virginia.
It is the 13th straight season that the Seminoles have had a student-athlete named to the preseason Watch List and Florida State has had two players selected nine times in the last 11 seasons.
Crowley enters her final season in the Garnet and Gold as the captain of the Seminole soccer team, a title she held as a junior in 2015. The defender earned All-ACC and NSCAA All-Southeast Region Second Team honors last season as she set career highs in both points (11), goals (3) and assists (5) as she helped the Noles win an ACC Championship for the third season in a row.
The Panama City Beach, Fla., native has been named ACC Player of the Week three times in her career and selected to the TopDrawerSoccer Team of the Week twice. As a leader on the backline, Crowley and the Seminoles set two NCAA Tournament records with 10 consecutive shutouts and a consecutive scoreless streak of 931:47 in postseason play.
Connolly posted one of the best freshman seasons in Florida State history in 2015 as the Cork, Ireland native first arrived in the United States in early August and promptly became one of the best players in collegiate soccer. Connolly led the team last season with 28 points on nine goals and 10 assists and earned numerous accolades, including ACC Freshman and Midfielder of the Year honors. She became the first Seminole freshman to be named an NSCAA First Team All-American and also was chosen as the TopDrawerSoccer National Freshman of the Year.
In 2007, Mami Yamaguchi won the MAC Hermann Trophy, the first and only player in Florida State history to win the award. Yamaguchi led the country in points that season with 66, while finishing second in goals (24) and assists (18).
Near the end of the 2016 regular season, NCAA Division I coaches will vote and the lists will be narrowed down to the top 15 players. College soccer fans will also have the opportunity to participate in the selection process, by voting for their favorite semifinalist in November at the MAC Hermann Trophy website, managed by LockerDome.
The 2016 season kicks off for the Seminoles on August 19 as FSU travels to College Station to play Texas A&M at 8:00 p.m. ET.
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2016 MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List
Morgan Andrews, Sr., Southern California
Kadeisha Buchanan, Sr., West Virginia
Jane Campbell, Sr., Stanford
Megan Connolly, So., Florida State
Rachel Corboz, Jr., Georgetown
Kirsten Crowley, Sr., Florida State
Meggie Dougherty Howard, Sr., Florida
Christina Gibbons, Sr., Duke
Nadia Gomes, Jr., BYU
Mikaela Harvey, Jr., Texas A&M
Rachel Hill, Sr., Connecticut
Savannah Jordan, Sr., Florida
Serina Kashimoto, Sr., Butler
Simone Kolander, Sr., Minnesota
Rose Lavelle, Sr., Wisconsin
Ashley Lawrence, Sr., West Virginia
Tyler Lussi, Sr., Princeton
Savannah McCaskill, Jr., South Carolina
Kristen McNabb, Sr., Virginia
McKenzie Meehan, Sr., Boston College
Kayla Mills, Sr., Southern California
Toni Payne, Sr., Duke
Morgan Proffit, Sr., Marquette
Margaret Purse, Sr., Harvard
Rebecca Quinn, Sr., Duke
Casie Ramsier, Sr., Auburn
Stephanie Ribeiro, Sr., Connecticut
Hope Sabadash, Sr., Southeastern Louisiana
Megan Schafer, Jr., Penn State
Gabby Seiler, Sr., Florida
Alexis Shaffer, Sr., Virginia
Kailen Sheridan, Sr., Clemson
Arielle Ship, Sr., California
Andi Sullivan, Jr., Stanford
Murielle Tiernan, Sr., Virginia Tech
Hannah Wilkinson, Sr., Tennessee