Trio Named All-Americans (12-11-04)
CARSON, Calif. - Senior defensive midfielder Danny O'Rourke was named as one of three finalist for the Missouri Athletic Club Hermann Trophy, the National Soccer Coaches Association of America announced on Friday. Tulsa junior forward Ryan Pore and Virginia Commonwealth senior defender Gonzalo Segares were also named as finalists for the college soccer player of the year award.
In conjunction with the M.A.C. Hermann announcement, the NSCAA also announced its 2004 All-America teams. For the seventh time in school history, the Indiana men's soccer program had three National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-Americans in a season. O'Rourke and junior back Drew Moor were first team honorees, while senior goalkeeper Jay Nolly earned third team accolades. Click HERE to see the complete NSCAA All-America list.
The Hoosiers also had three All-Americans in 1977, 1994, 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2002. This season, Indiana was tied for most of any school with three selections. Indiana and Notre Dame were the only schools with two first team honorees.
O'Rourke has been the leader of a Hoosier squad that advanced to its third College Cup in the last four years. The Hoosiers have amassed a 68-15-9 mark during O'Rourke's four-year career. Indiana also has a goals against average of just 0.58 with 46 shutouts over that period as well.
In 2004, the trio of Hoosier All-Americans have led a defense that ranks among the nation's best in goals against average and shutout percentage, entering the College Cup. IU is seventh in the country in goals against average at 0.57 and tied for 11th in shutout percentage with 11 shutouts in 22 matches.
After starting 60 matches through his first three seasons at IU, O'Rourke finally scored his first career goal in his senior campaign. In the Hoosiers' second match of the season against Oregon State, O'Rourke found the back of the net in the first half. He has eight points on the season with two goals and four assists. O'Rourke picked up his latest assist on the game-winner to sophomore midfielder John Michael Hayden in the second overtime against Maryland in the first national semifinal.
O'Rourke is a three-time first team All-Big Ten selection, including a unanimous selection each of the last two years. He was one of 11 players named to Soccer America's Collegiate MVP team a season ago. The Columbus, Ohio, native has been successful in the classroom as well as a biochemistry major. He was named a College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District choice each of the last two years. This season, O'Rourke was selected as a third team ESPN Academic All-American.
O'Rourke and teammate, junior back Drew Moor were selected as two of 15 semifinalist for the Hermann Trophy on Nov. 4. The duo was also selected to the M.A.C. Hermann Trophy Watch List in the preseason. The list included 25 players, who were regarded as the top players in the nation entering the 2004 campaign.
The M.A.C. Award and Hermann Trophy were merged into one award prior to the 2002 season. Before that, the honors were both given out as national player of the year awards. The merge of the two honors competed a process of combining the three top honors in collegiate soccer. In 1999, the M.A.C. and NSCAA came together to create a single award to recognize the top Division I player.
The Hoosier program is no stranger to the honor. On five occasions, a Hoosier has won the Hermann Trophy and on three occasions, a Hoosier has won the M.A.C. Player of the Year Award. The list of Hermann Trophy winners includes: Angelo DiBernardo (1978), Armando Betancourt (1981), Ken Snow (1988, 1990) and Brian Maisonneuve (1994). The list of M.A.C. Award winners includes Ken Snow (1988, 1990) and Todd Yeagley (1994). Ned Grabavoy was a semifinalist for the award last season, while in 2002, Pat Noonan was the runner up for the inaugural M.A.C. Hermann Trophy.
Moor earned first team All-America honors as the defender position. The Dallas, Texas, native was one of 15 semifinalists for the M.A.C. Hermann Trophy. He has three goals for six points on the seasons, but has provided a major contribution on the defensive end. The Hoosiers rank among the nation's best in goals against average and shutout percentage.
Nolly became only the second Hoosier to be named a NSCAA All-American. The only other Hoosier goalkeeper to be selected as a NSCAA All-American was Scott Coufal as a third team choice in 1996. Nolly has a goals against average of 0.63 during the 2004 season, including 11 shutouts. He ranks among the top five in career wins and shutouts for the Hoosiers.
The winner of the M.A.C. Hermann Trophy will be determined in voting by NSCAA Division I member coaches. The finalists will be invited to the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis on Friday, Jan. 7, 2005, for the announcement of the winner at a press conference. Both winners will be presented with the prestigious crystal soccer ball trophy at a banquet later that evening.
The Hoosiers will play for ninth seed UC-Santa Barbara for the NCAA National Championship on Sunday, Dec. 12 at 4:00 p.m. ET. The match at the Home Depot Center will be televised on ESPN2 with Rob Stone, Eric Wynalda and Beth Mowins on the call. The championship match can also be heard in Bloomington on WGCL AM-1370 with Chicago Fire play-by-play announcer Chris Doran and former Hoosier Vijay Dias on the call. It will also be broadcast over the Internet on TEAMLINE. Follow the link at IUHOOSIERS.com for the feed.
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