Dec. 1, 2015
WASHINGTON - Georgetown University senior forward Brandon Allen (Old Bridge, N.J./St. Joseph's) is one of 15 men's soccer student-athletes that have been selected as semifinalists for the country's top soccer award. Fifteen men and 15 women were announced on Tuesday as the Missouri Athletic Club's (MAC) Hermann Trophy semifinalists.
The MAC Hermann Trophy is the highest individual intercollegiate award administered by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), and presented annually at the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis. This year's trophy presentation and banquet will take place Friday, Jan. 8.
NCAA Division I coaches will help select the winner. Just like last year, fan voting is a component of deciding the winner. It will be conducted through LockerDome, which allows fans to also contribute to picking winners.
Allen was a unanimous First Team All-BIG EAST honoree. It marked his fourth-consecutive All-BIG EAST honor and his third-consecutive nod to the first team. Allen had 15 points on six goals and three assists in conference play as well as four game winners. Overall, he led the team in scoring with 12 goals and seven assists for 31 points.
With a goal against Hofstra University in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, Allen tallied his 50th-career goal making him the all-time goals leader in Georgetown program history.
Earlier this season, he was named to the MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List, BIG EAST Preseason Offensive Player of the Year, Preseason All-BIG EAST and to TopDrawerSoccer.com's Preseason Best XI First Team. He was named the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week on two occasions and to the honor roll twice as well as earning CollegeSoccerNews.com National Player of the Week honors.
Allen is one of three semifinalists from the BIG EAST Conference including two players from Creighton University.
Six finalists (three men, three women) will be named on Friday, Dec. 11 during the 2015 NCAA Men's College Cup in Cary, N.C.
The Hoyas had an impressive season with a mark of 16-2-3 overall and 9-0-0 in BIG EAST Conference play. After opening the season 0-2-1, Georgetown went on a program record 18-game unbeaten streak including a 14-game win streak.
The Hoyas finished the season on Sunday, failing to advance against Boston College in the NCAA Sweet 16. The teams tied, 1-1, but the Blue & Gray fell in penalty kicks, 5-4. This snapped the win streak, but kept the unbeaten streak intact which will carry over to the 2016 season.
Along the way, the Hoyas won the BIG EAST Regular Season title with a perfect 9-0-0 record. It was the fifth time in program history that the Hoyas have won the regular season championship with the last coming in 2013 and the last outright championship coming during the 2010 campaign. The last time a team went a perfect 9-0-0 during the BIG EAST Regular Season was the University of Louisville in 2009.
Additionally, Georgetown won the BIG EAST Championship crown, marking the first time in program history that the Hoyas won the league's postseason tournament.