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NCAA: Get your Hermann Trophy semifinalists right here

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Q: So who’s in contention for the Hermann Trophy now?

A: Cassie Dickerson, Crystal Dunn, Sinead Farrelly, Adrianna Franch, Katy Frierson, Sarah Hagen, Melissa Henderson, Bianca Henninger, Kristen Mewis, Alex Morgan, Christine Nairn, Christen Press, Sophie Schmidt, Katie Stengel, Ingrid Wells.

Dr Dibble’s prediction that Sydney Leroux and Ali Hawkins would be in contention ended up being wrong. Not that either of them deserved to be in contention, anyway. Leroux can score for sure, but she was hardly as dominant as she was last year. What stuns me the most is Christine Nairn’s inclusion and Lauren Fowlkes’ exclusion. Alex Morgan shouldn’t really be on this list either, but I suppose being on the USWNT has its perks. (Once again, I have to remind you people that I always support Alex Morgan, I’ve been a fan of hers since November 2008. That doesn’t mean that I think she deserves every award under the sun, like UNC thinks it does.)

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: this award is Christen Press’ to lose. I would love it if Sarah “Badass” Hagen won it, but pretty sure she’s just there as a background extra.

P.S. I received a blog hit from somebody who wants to know if Christen Press has been called up to the national team. No, I do not know. Call Pia and ask.


NCAA: A helpful resource

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If it weren’t for Graham Hays, I wouldn’t have known many things. That Sarah Badass Hagen had ovarian cancer, for instance. Or the many trials and tribulations of Jenna Belcher.

He also has a WordPress blog: http://grahamhays.wordpress.com/

While I don’t always agree with him, the fact that he pays attention to the women’s game in NCAA is enough for me.

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August 9, 2010 at 10:31 pm

NCAA: Even Soccer Haters Love Women’s College Soccer

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The only allowance I make for soccer is when it’s played by womens’ [sic] college teams. The women in a university female soccer club are registered assassins. They give no mercy to the opposing team, and they expect none in return. They are ruthless, cunning, and will settle for nothing less than total victory.

I found the above comment on a blog populated by soccer-haters; if you ask me this attitude speaks volumes about the skill and heart found in NCAA women’s soccer, that even people who find soccer to be a boring waste of time recognize it as a beautiful game when played by women’s college teams.

The Cross-Conference Collector listed five teams to follow during the 2010 NCAA season. I have my own list, which coincides greatly with CCC’s because I enjoy watching Notre Dame and Boston College. I find it hard to watch Stanford without seething in jealousy.

But aside from those two schools, my list in no particular order:

  1. California – Because it’s my alma mater. I did not list it [just] because Alex Morgan is hot. The 2010 senior class (now consisting solely of Alex Morgan, Megan Jesolva, Emily Shibata, and McKenna McKetty) was the last class former coach Kevin Boyd recruited before he suddenly resigned and went to coach Arizona State, and was arguably Cal’s strongest recruiting class in recent memory, especially when Cal still had Jorden LaFontaine-Kussman. (After recovering from lymphoma, Kussman transferred to Washington and is now a Husky.) The incoming freshman class, with 2008 U-17 WWC team member Kate Bennett as its star, will have huge shoes to fill with the departure of Katie Oakes (yes, she is related to Jill Oakes) and Brianna Bak.
  2. Wisconsin-Milwaukee – THIS IS BECAUSE OF SARAH HAGEN. Yes I realize that the Panthers are in a dinky tadpole conference (the Horizon League, WTF) and therefore tend to dominate because Hagen is so freaking badass. YES SHE IS. Hagen was 4th in points (42) in Division I during the 2009 season. If NSCAA gave out a Hermann Trophy for Badassery, Hagen would win it.
  3. Texas A & M – Because I’m following them on Twitter, I kind of have to? I would include Texas on this list, but then Alexa Gaul locked up her Twitter account and then the Longhorns just weren’t fun anymore.
  4. Boston University – CCC already listed Boston College, so I’m including the other Boston school here for the sake of Cal alum Lisa Kevorkian, who is spending her last year of NCAA eligibility with the Terriers (she redshirted her sophomore season at Cal).
  5. Virginia – CCC gave the Cavaliers an honorable mention, but they make my top list because of Chantel Jones (Alyssa Naeher’s backup for the 2008 U-20s), who is just a big cuddly teddy bear and is okay at penalty shootouts. There’s also The Other Julia Roberts. And most of all I adore Caroline Miller, who looks twelve on the field because everyone is bigger and taller than her. Except she can be deadly, like the time she scored twice in rapid succession in order to dismantle Penn State in the 2009 NCAA Tournament. I’m pretty sure Naeher doesn’t like to talk about it.

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August 5, 2010 at 6:53 am