Morrison Announced As 2001 Hermann Award Candidate

Aug. 17, 2001

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Senior Lee Morrison (Carmichael, Calif.) was announced as a men's candidate for the 2001 Hermann Trophy, college soccer's oldest and most prestigious player of the year award.

The Hermann Foundation and TEAMtalk, Inc., announced the 13 men and 13 women candidates for the award earlier this morning.

Morrison, who was tabbed by as a Preseason First Team All-American earlier this month, was a finalist for the Hermann award last season and finished third in the voting for the Missouri Athletic Club Award in 2000, as well. The2000 All Pac-10 First Team selection started all 22 matches for the Cardinal men last season and helped anchor the nation's stingiest defense. Morrison, a Second Team NSCAA/adidas All-American, tallied three goals and four assists last year. He was also named a Preseason All-American prior to last year's campaign by Soccer America.

The candidates were chosen by a ballot of Division I college coaches and selected media. In a twist added to the selection process this year, two spots on the final ballot will remain open until Oct. 1. At that time, a poll of coaches and media will be conducted to add the final two names to each of the 15-player ballots before the final voting is conducted. This is to ensure that any player having a stellar season will be eligible to win the prestigious player of the year award.

Final ballots will be distributed to all Division I college coaches, tabulated, and three men and three women finalists will be announced on Dec. 1. The winners of the 2001 Hermann Trophy will be announced at the College Cups, the women on Dec. 8 in Dallas, Texas, and the men on Dec. 15 in Columbus, Ohio.

The Hermann Trophy, soccer's equivalent of the Heisman Trophy, has been given annually since 1967 to the nation's best male college soccer player. The Hermann Trophy is named for Robert R. Hermann, the former Chairman of the Executive Committee of the old North American Soccer League and one of the league's founders.

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