Gregorio, Lopez Named To M.A.C.'s Hermann Trophy Watch List

Sept. 5, 2003

Senior midfielder Adolfo Gregorio (Hilmar, CA/Hilmar HS) and junior midfielder Aaron Lopez (Santa Barbara, CA/Santa Barbara HS) are among the players named to the first 'Watch List' of players considered among the top candidates for the 2003 Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy.

Gregorio is a two-time first-team All-Pac-10 selection and a third-team NSCAA All-Far West honoree in 2002. Last season, he earned College Cup All-Tournament honors after scoring the game-winning goal in the semifinals and then helping the Bruin achieve victory in the championship game. He scored nine goals, including four game-winners, and six assists for 24 points in 2002. Gregorio, a member of the U.S. Under-23 National Team, was selected as a pre-season All-American by Soccer America.

Lopez was UCLA's team MVP last season and was the Offensive MVP at the College Cup after scoring the game's only goal in the championship match. His strike with 1:02 left in regulation sealed UCLA's fourth NCAA title. Lopez scored four goals last season, three in the playoffs. His defensive play during the year helped the Bruins post nine shutouts and a team goals against average of 0.76.

The M.A.C.'s Hermann Trophy is college soccer's version of the Heisman Trophy and represents the highest level of individual achievement in the sport. UCLA has only had one past Hermann Trophy winner, Brad Friedel in 1992. Sasha Victorine won the M.A.C. Award in 1999.

A nominating committee consisting of conference representatives from each Division I conference for men and women will select a final ballot of the top 15 male and female candidates in early November. The winners of the award are selected through voting by Division I collegiate coaches who are members of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. The winners will be announced at a news conference in conjunction with the NCAA Men's College Cup in Columbus, Ohio, in December. The trophy will be presented to the men's and women's winner at a banquet on Friday, Jan. 9, at the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis. For more information on the M.A.C.'s Hermann Trophy, visit www.mac-hermann-trophy.org.

2003 M.A.C.'s Hermann Trophy Watch List:
Kevin Ara, Harvard (Sr.)
Ryan Cochrane - Santa Clara (Jr.)
Cesar Cuellar - Connecticut (Sr.)
Clint Dempsey - Furman (Jr.)
Ned Grabavoy - Indiana (Jr.)
Adolfo Gregorio - UCLA (Sr.)
Matt Haefner - Pennsylvania (Sr.)
William Hesmer - Wake Forest (Sr.)
Sumed Ibrahim - Maryland (Sr.)
Antou Jallow - Wisconsin-Milwaukee (Jr.)
Aaron Lopez - UCLA (Jr.)
Guy Melamed - Boston College (Jr.)
Joseph Ngwenya - Coastal Carolina (Sr.)
Abe Thompson - Maryland (Jr.)
David Wagenfuhr - Creighton (Sr.)
Jeremiah White - Wake Forest (Sr.)
Chris Wingert - St. John's (Jr)

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