EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State men’s soccer junior forward Ryan Sierakowski was named to the Missouri Athletic Club (MAC) Hermann Trophy Watch List on Tuesday. The MAC Hermann Trophy is the most prestigious individual award in college soccer and is presented annually to the most outstanding male and female players of the year.
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Sierakowski, a native of McHenry, Illinois, is the first Michigan State men’s soccer player named to the Hermann Watch List since goalkeeper Avery Steinlage in 2010. In 2014, midfielder Jay Chapman was named a semifinalist for the Hermann Trophy, becoming the first Spartan in school history to achieve the feat.
“It is nice to see Ryan recognized as one of the top players in the country. Since the moment he stepped on MSU’s campus, he has worked tirelessly to improve himself as an individual, but more importantly to improve and help the team. If I know Ryan, this will only motivate him more to be the best player and teammate he can be for the 2017 year,” said MSU head coach Damon Rensing.
Sierakowski is one of four players from the Big Ten on the watch list along with Maryland’s Gordon Wild, Indiana’s Grant Lillard and Wisconsin’s Chris Mueller. A total of 31 players were named to the watch list.
In 2016, Sierakowski earned first-team All-Big Ten honors as well as capturing first-team All-Midwest Region honors. He finished second in the Big Ten in goals scored with nine. He also finished fourth in the league in points with 23. The forward also tied for first in the conference with six game-winning goals. Sierakowski was named to the Big Ten All-Freshman team in 2015.
The MAC Hermann Trophy Watch Lists are compiled by members of the United Soccer Coaches Men’s and Women’s NCAA Division I All-America Committees. Fifteen semifinalists will be named for both the men’s and women’s MAC Hermann Trophy near the end of the college season based on voting by NCAA Division I coaches and from those candidates, three finalists will ultimately be placed on the ballot for the coveted award. This year’s winners will be announced Friday, Jan. 5, 2018 at the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis.
The No. 22-ranked Spartans begin action on Tuesday, Aug. 15 hosting an exhibition against Colgate at 5 p.m. MSU will conclude the preseason schedule against Butler at the Shindigz National Soccer Festival at Fort Wayne, Indiana on Friday, Aug. 18 at 8 p.m.