PISCATAWAY, N.J. (August 20, 2013) – Rutgers women’s soccer redshirt senior Jonelle Filigno (Mississauga, Canada) was one of 31 players placed on the MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List, the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) announced Tuesday.
Filigno became the fifth player in RU history to be tabbed a candidate for the award and first since Gina DeMaio in 2010.
The MAC Hermann Trophy is the highest individual award in college soccer presented annually to one male and one female athlete. The winners will be announced Friday, Jan. 10, 2014, at the trophy presentation banquet at the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis.
“It’s exciting news and I’m sure that’ll put a charge into Jonelle and her teammates,” said head coach Glenn Crooks. “It’s certainly relevant and it’s a reward for how frequently she scored last year and more importantly, when she scored a majority of the times it was in big moments. Jonelle is a clutch performer, a world class performer, and it’s her last go-round so I know she’s looking to have a big year.”
Filigno has collected a number of individual honors this preseason, including a No. 12 ranking in TopDrawerSoccer.com’s National Women’s Top 100. The organization also placed her in its Preseason Best XI Second Team for her play during the 2012 season.
Following her record-setting success last year, TopDrawerSoccer named Filigno to its 2012 Third Team. The forward for the Canadian National Team was also named the Big Apple Soccer Player of the Year, as well as being named to the NSCAA All-Northeast Region First Team and NSCAA All-America Second Team.
Filigno tied the school’s single-season mark of 15 goals during her junior campaign, a record previously held by former standout and U.S. Women’s National Team star, Carli Lloyd. Her 35 points were good for third on the single-season list, while she broke the school record with seven game-winning goals. For her career, the forward is third in game-winning scores (12), fifth in goals (25) and sixth in points (60).
RU opens the 2013 season at Yurcak Field on Aug. 23 against Drexel. Season tickets are now on sale and are $50 for adults, $40 for children 12 & under and seniors 55 & older. All packages include a free t-shirt. Season tickets can be purchased by calling the box office at 732-907-1570.
2013 Women's MAC Hermann Watch List
NAME CLASS POS SCHOOL HOMETOWN
Kelsey Wys Sr. K Florida State Coral Springs, Fla.
Aubrey Bledsoe Sr. K Wake Forest Cincinnati
Elizabeth Hoerner Sr. K Navy Lititz, Pa.
Whitney Church Jr. D Penn State Ashburn, Va.
Abigail Dahlkemper Jr. D UCLA Menlo Park, Calif.
Marissa Diggs Sr. D UCF Rowlett, Texas
Arin Gilliland Jr. D Kentucky Lexington, Ky.
Emily Menges Sr. D Georgetown Garden City, N.Y.
Jade Seabrook Jr. D Navy St. Paris, Ohio
Natasha Anasi* Sr. D Duke Arlington, Texas
Jessie Ayers Jr. M Colorado CollegeSeattle
Dagny Brynjarsdottir Jr. M Florida State Hella, Iceland
Daphne Corboz* Jr. M Georgetown Greenbrook, N.J.
Vanessa DiBernardo Sr. M Illinois Naperville, Ill.
Crystal Dunn# Sr. M North Carolina Rockville Centre, N.Y.
Julie Johnston* Sr. M Santa Clara Mesa, Ariz.
Cari Roccaro So. M Notre Dame East Islip, N.Y.
Meghan Streight Jr. M Texas A&M McKinney, Texas
Janine Beckie So. F Texas Tech Highlands Ranch, Colo.
Jonelle Filigno Sr. F Rutgers Mississauga, Ontario
Amanda Frisbie Sr. F Portland McKinney, Texas
Kristen Hamilton Sr. F Denver Littleton, Colo.
Maya Hayes* Sr. F Penn State West Orange, N.J.
Morgan Marlborough Sr. F Santa Clara Lee's Summit, Mo.
Tesa McKibben Sr. F Saint Francis (Pa.)Cogan Station, Pa.
Kealia Ohai* Sr. F North Carolina Draper, Utah
Ifeoma Onumonu So. F California Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
Katie Stengel Sr. F Wake Forest Melbourne, Fla.
Taylor Uhl Jr. F Stanford Eden Prairie, Minn.
Hannah Wilkinson Jr. F Tennessee Whangarei, New Zealand
Lynn Williams Jr. F Pepperdine Fresno, Calif.
* - 2012 MAC Hermann Trophy Semifinalist
# - 2012 MAC Herman Trophy Winner
About the NSCAA
Founded in 1941 and based in Kansas City, Kan., the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) is a non-profit organization with a mission to educate coaches, encourage excellence and serve the soccer community.
The NSCAA is the world’s largest soccer coaches’ organization with members at every level of the game. The membership is primarily made up of coaches, but also includes administrators, referees and others in the soccer industry. The NSCAA provides its members ways to enhance the game of soccer by providing a national education program, interaction and networking opportunities, and membership benefits.
For more information about the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, visit NSCAA.com.
About the Missouri Athletic Club
The Missouri Athletic Club has been presenting college soccer’s players of the year awards since 1986. The MAC was established in 1903 as an athletic, dining and social club. It has a “Platinum Club of America” status, which is awarded to the top private clubs in the country. To learn more about the Missouri Athletic Club, go to www.mac-stl.org.
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