Pryce, Futagaki Named Finalists for Player of the Year Award

Nov. 6, 2002

LOS ANGELES - UCLA men's soccer team co-captain Ryan Futagaki and UCLA women's soccer standout Nandi Pryce have been announced as finalists for the Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy, awarded to the top players in NCAA soccer.

Pryce, a junior defender, has played and started in 16 of 17 matches this season, missing one match while in training camp with the Full U.S. National Team. She is the leader on a Bruin defense that has recorded 10 shutouts, while giving up just 11 goals all year. In July, she captained the Under-21 U.S. National Team to its fourth consecutive Nordic Cup title in Turku, Finland. Prior to the start of this year, she was named a Pre-Season All-American by Soccer America. She was a first-team All-Pac-10 selection in 2001.

Futagaki, a 5-7 senior midfielder, is a two-year team captain for theBruins. This season, he has scored three goals with two assists in 15 gamesplayed. A year ago, he earned first-team All-Pac-10 Conference acclaim afterscoring three goals and three assists. Futagaki was a member of the U.S.Under-23 National team that won a bronze medal at the 1999 Pan AmericanGames and also played with the U-20 team that advanced to the second roundof the 1999 World Youth Championships.

This year's honorees will have the distinction of being the first to receive the newly-unified award. This summer's announcement of the unification of the M.A.C. Award and the Hermann Trophy completed the merging of NCAA Division I soccer's three top honors. In 1999, the M.A.C. and the NSCAA came together to create a single award recognizing the top Division I players. The winners of the M.A.C.'s Hermann Trophy will be decided by a vote of current NSCAA members at the NCAA Division I level.

Winners of the Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy will be announced at a news conference in Dallas, Texas, on Dec. 12 in conjunction with the NCAA Division I Men's College Cup and the announcement of the NSCAA/adidas All-America teams for intercollegiate play. The winners will be feted at a dinner at the M.A.C. in St. Louis on Friday, Jan. 10, 2003.

2002 M.A.C. Hermann Award Finalists

WomenChristie Welsh, Penn State (2001 Winner)Hope Solo, University of WashingtonAly Wagner, Santa Clara UniversityChristine Latham, University of NebraskaSusan Bush, University of North CarolinaAlyssa Ramsey, University of North CarolinaCatherine Reddick, University of North CarolinaLauren Orlandos, PortlandChristine Sinclair, PortlandAbby Crumpton, University of MichiganCarli Lloyd, Rutgers UniversityKim Patrick, University of TennesseeNandi Pryce, UCLAMarcia Wallis, StanfordKelly Wilson, University of Texas.

MenAlecko Eskandarian, VirginiaMike Tranchilla, CreightonPat Noonan, IndianaRyan Mack, IndianaBrian Carroll, Wake Forest University;Ryan Coiner, University of San Diego;Ryan Futagaki, UCLASumed Ibrahim, University of MarylandNate Jaqua, PortlandRoger Levesque, Stanford UniversityJordan Quinn, University of South CarolinaDamani Ralph, University of ConnecticutDavid Stokes, North CarolinaDiego Walsh, Southern Methodist UniversityChris Wingert, St. John's University.

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