DURHAM, N.C. – Duke women’s soccer veterans Imani Dorsey and Rebecca Quinn saw their stellar 2017 campaigns nationally recognized Tuesday, as the duo was tabbed semifinalists for the MAC Hermann Trophy.
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. This year’s winners will be announced Friday, Jan. 5, 2018 at the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis. The 15 semifinalists for the 2017 MAC Hermann Trophy are determined by All-America voting conducted by NCAA Division I women's soccer coaches with oversight from the United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division I Women's Senior College All-America Committee.
Dorsey, who was tabbed the 2017 ACC Offensive Player of the Year in November, has been the senior leader of a dominant Duke attack in 2017. She tops the Blue Devils with 38 points and is tied for the lead with 14 goals, pacing an offense that has posted 171 points and 60 goals, which stands second and third in the nation. Dorsey’s 14 scores are top 15 nationally, helping a Duke offense that has produced the nation’s eighth-best scoring offense with 2.40 goals per game. She also produced a team-high five game-winning goals, including the game winners against UNCG and Texas in the 2017 NCAA Tournament, helping propel Duke to its fourth NCAA College Cup appearance in history.
The Elkridge, Md., native is top 10 in career points (80), goals (29) and assists (22), while also placing top 10 in single-season points and goals. The senior also tied the school record for consecutive games with a goal, reeling off scores in six-straight contests from Aug. 20 – Sept. 8. A three-time TopDrawerSoccer Team of the Week winner, Dorsey is also a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award and a CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team honoree. Dorsey is the first Blue Devil to be named ACC Offensive POTY since 2004 and marked the third time in her career she’s received All-ACC honors.
One of the top players in the world and a bronze medalist for the Canadian National Team in the 2016 Rio Olympics, Rebecca Quinn has established herself as one of the best to wear the Blue and White. The redshirt senior was named 2017 ACC Midfielder of the Year, becoming the first player in school history to receive the honor. The Toronto native has scored three goals this season, tying a career high, while setting a new career best with 10 points. Playing over 1,500 minutes this season, Quinn has been an instrumental part of Duke’s standout 2017 campaign that has featured eight different school records broken.
The preseason All-ACC pick tallied her first goal in a top 25 matchup against Utah earlier in the season, drilling a rocket from nearly 25 yards out to give Duke’s its go-ahead score. She then put up the best performance of her collegiate career to date in the NCAA Tournament Second Round, reeling off a goal and two assists for a career-high four points against Oklahoma State. Beyond the numbers, Quinn has been crucial to both the Duke offensive and defensive game plans, showcasing her expertise and experience in every match to help fuel the Blue Devils’ 60 goals scored and .397 goals against average, which stand second and sixth in the nation, respectively. Her defensive prowess has also helped Duke shut out its first four opponents in NCAA Tournament play for the first time in history.
Dorsey, Quinn and the Blue Devils are just two wins away from claiming the first national championship in program history. They will head to Orlando, Fla., to take on the UCLA Bruins Friday, Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m. ET in the NCAA College Cup Semifinals. The match will be nationally televised on ESPNU from Orlando City Stadium.
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