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Andi Sullivan named finalist for MAC Hermann trophy

Winning the MAC Hermann would be the capper on a pretty good year for Sullivan.

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Andi Sullivan is one of three finalists for the MAC Hermann trophy, awarded to the best Division I soccer player in the nation. Voting for finalists was done by DI coaches. The finalists are:

Morgan Andrews (USC)
Kadeisha Buchanan (West Virginia)
Andi Sullivan (Stanford)

That’s some good company, whittled down from a list of 10 that also had the likes of Rachel Corboz, Ashley Hatch, and Ashley Lawrence on it. The MAC Hermann trophy previously has been won by the likes of Raquel Rodriguez, Morgan Brian, and Crystal Dunn.

In 2016 Sullivan was NSCAA All-America first team, Pac-12 player of the year, and registered 11 goals and seven assists in 18 games. She helped take Stanford to the second round of the College Cup, where they were beaten 1-0 by Santa Clara. Sullivan also tore her ACL in that game during overtime; Santa Clara promptly scored less than 10 minutes later.

Even though the award is for best NCAA DI player, it would be remiss not to mention the year Sullivan had for the USWNT as well. She got her first cap at the end of the year in an October 19 friendly against Switzerland and played in the next three games, each time earning plaudits for her composure and vision in the midfield. Of the young players that Jill Ellis has been calling in for WNT camps, Sullivan was a standout who will undoubtedly be back as soon as she’s cleared to play again.