Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Mullins, Brian Are Winners of MAC's Hermann Trophy; Maryland Senior Is Seventh Player to Get Award in Consecutive Years

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Mullins, Brian Are Winners of MAC's Hermann Trophy; Maryland Senior Is Seventh Player to Get Award in Consecutive Years

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Patrick Mullins joined some pretty elite company Friday night.

Mullins, a Maryland senior, was honored along with Virginia junior Morgan Brian as winners of the Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy.

The crystal soccer ball trophy represents the highest individual achievement in the sport and is awarded annually to the best female and male players in NCAA Division I soccer. The winners are determined by a vote of D-I coaches who are members of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. In addition, an online fan vote, the equivalent of one coach's vote, is factored in.

Mullins, a New Orleans native, is just the seventh player to win back-to-back Hermann awards, joining St. Louisans Al Trost (1969, 1970) and Mike Seerey (1971, 1972) as well as Mia Hamm (1992, 1993), Claudia Reyna (1992, 1993), Cindy Parlow (1997, 1998) and Christine Sinclair (2004, 2005).

"I don't know all the names, but I definitely understand what a great honor this is," said Mullins, who led the nation in scoring with 19 goals and eight assists as a senior. Six of his goals were game-winners. "There's nothing like the MAC Hermann award; it's a class, class place and just walking through the doors again yesterday gave me chills.

"This is a great end to a chapter of my soccer career and I'm just ecstatic right now. It was going to be a great night, just being alongside the other six finalists they're all incredible players and any one of them could've been honored tonight but to hear your name called, it's just the cherry on top of the cake."

Maryland reached the College Cup the last two seasons; the Terps fell in overtime to Georgetown in the 2012 semifinals and lost 2-1 to Notre Dame in the title match last month.

"Doesn't hurt at all," said Mullins, who has already signed a Major League Soccer contract and will learn his pro destination Thursday. …

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