Dec. 3, 2013
WASHINGTON - Georgetown University senior forward Steve Neumann (New Hope, Pa./Council Rock North) is one of 15 men's soccer student-athletes that have been selected as semifinalists for the country's top soccer award. Fifteen men and 15 women were announced on Tuesday as the Missouri Athletic Club's (MAC) Hermann Trophy semifinalists.
The MAC Hermann Trophy is the highest individual award in intercollegiate soccer. It is presented annually in January during a banquet at the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis.
NCAA Division I coaches will help select the winner. Just like last year, fan voting is a component of deciding the winner. It will be conducted through LockerDome, which allows fans to also contribute to picking winners.
Neumann was named the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year after an outstanding senior campaign. He scored a league-leading seven goals in nine games and had 18 points for the top-seeded Hoyas. Overall, he finished with 10 goals and six assists for 26 points, also first in the conference. Neumann was the 2013 BIG EAST Preseason Offensive Player of the Year ending the regular season where he began. He was also named First Team All-BIG EAST.
It was the co-captain's fourth-consecutive All-BIG EAST honor and third-consecutive nod to the first team, he was the lone unanimous selection. The Offensive Player of the Year award was Neumann's first and the third in program history following Ricky Schramm in 2004 and Eric Kvello in 1997.
The Hoyas finished the season 14-5-2 on the season winning a share of the BIG EAST Regular Season Championship for the third time in four years. Georgetown went to the BIG EAST Championship Semifinal at PPL Park where the Hoyas tied fourth-seeded Providence in double overtime, 0-0, but failed to advance in penalty kicks. Along the way, the Hoyas had impressive milestones including setting the new program record for season shutouts with 14.
Georgetown's NCAA Tournament berth was the third under Head Coach Brian Wiese. The Hoyas have been to the tournament on four previous occasions. Last season, the squad was the national runner up falling to Indiana, 1-0, in the national championship game. Prior to last year, the program had never moved beyond the second round of the tournament with previous appearances in 1997 and 1994.
Neumann was on the Hermann Watch List at the beginning of the season and is one of just three players returning from the 2012 semifinalists. He is the only player from the BIG EAST Conference.
Georgetown and UCLA were the only institutions to have a student-athlete on both the men's and the women's list with Hoya senior defender Emily Menges (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) earning a spot on the women's side.
The top three vote-getters for each gender from the combined NSCAA coaches and weighted fan votes will be announced as finalists Thursday, Dec. 12, followed by the announcement of the winners at the banquet, Friday, Jan. 10, 2014.