DURHAM, N.C.-Duke University junior Andrew Wenger added another honor to his long list of career awards today as he was named one of three finalists for the 2011 Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy, the highest individual honor in intercollegiate soccer. The finalists were determined in voting by Division I men's head coaches at institutions who are members of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).
Wenger is Duke's first finalist since 2000 when Ali Curtis earned the honor. Curtis also is Duke's most recent Hermann Trophy winner, taking home the award in 1999. Overall, the Blue Devils have had five Hermann Trophy winners, including current head coach John Kerr. Joining the Blue Devils forward as finalists are Ethan Finlay of Creighton and Billy Schuler from North Carolina. The winner will be announced in St. Louis on Friday, Jan. 6.
Wenger, recently called up to play for the U.S. Under-23 National Team, headlined Duke's offense in 2011 with a league-best 17 goals and eight assists for 42 points. The Lititz, Pa., native was selected as the 2011 ACC Offensive Player of the Year, completing the trifecta of ACC major awards after being named the ACC Rookie of the Year and ACC Defensive Player of the Year in 2009 and 2010, respectively. Wenger is the first player since Jay Heaps to collect All-ACC first team honors in each of his first three seasons.
His 17 tallies are tied for the most in Duke single-season history, while the 42 points are fifth and the most since Brian Kelley had 43 in 1995. In 2011, he registered at least one point in 11 games and twice had a career-best seven points. Wenger netted two hat tricks on the year and had five multiple-goal games.
Equally as successful in the classroom, Wenger became the second Blue Devil in program history to earn CoSIDA Academic All-America first team honors and has earned spots on both the All-ACC Academic Team and ACC Academic Honor Roll each of his three seasons.
For his career, Wenger has started all 58 games, played all but 131 minutes in that span and scored 21 goals and 13 assists for 55 points.
The Blue Devils finished the year with an 11-8-3 overall record and advanced to the NCAA Tournament second round for the third consecutive season.