December 6, 2012
A CRYSTAL CLEAR SELECTION
UNC's Dunn finalist for MAC Hermann Award
Rockville Centre, N.Y. resident and University of North Carolina junior defender Crystal Dunn on Thursday was named one of the three women's finalists for the Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy.
|Crystal Dunn was a key member of the North Carolina team that captured the NCAA Division I women's crown.
Will Bratton, UNC Athletic Communications
The two other finalists are Virginia senior forward Caroline Miller (Rockville, Md.) and Penn State senior midfielder Christine Nairn (Arnold, Md.).
The MAC Hermann Trophy is the highest individual award in intercollegiate soccer. A banquet will be hosted at the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis on Friday, Jan. 11, to recognize the finalists' accomplishments and announce the winners.
Dunn, who also played for the Albertson Fury and Long Island Fury, was a key member of the NCAA Division I women’s championship team, which captured the crown last weekend.
She started in all 17 games in which she appeared, recording 15 points on five goals and five assist. Dunn also won the 2012 Atlantic Coast Conference defensive player of the year, an honor she also won as a freshman in 2010. She is the only two-time winner of the award in league history/
Dunn also was a first-team All-ACC selection for third successive year as she also was named a National Soccer Coaches Association of America first team All-American.
She was a gold medalist for 2012 United States' team at FIFA Under-20 Women's World Cup, where she played every minute on defense in all six games. She also assisted on the game-winning goal in final win over Germany. Dunn returned to UNC and started at center back the last 11 games of the regular season. She moved to attacking center midfielder for NCAA tournament and scored five goals in four games, including both goals in 2-1 NCAA quarterfinal win over BYU.
NCAA Division I coaches who are NSCAA members voted for their top three choices.
Additionally, a new fan voting component was added to this year’s voting process, in which nearly 130,000 total fan votes were cast. Miller was a top choice between the fans and coaches, however the fans chose Duke’s Natasha Anasi and Georgetown’s Daphne Corboz among the top three.