Fernandes is one of 42 nominees for collegiate soccer's highest award.Stony Brook, N.Y. - Senior midfielder Leonardo Fernandes of the Stony Brook men's soccer team has been named to the Missouri Athletic Club's (MAC) Hermann Trophy Watch List for 2012, the organization announced Monday.
The MAC Hermann Trophy is the highest individual award in intercollegiate soccer, presented annually in January at the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis. Fernandes is one of 42 men on the Watch List.
The list will be narrowed down by National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) members to 15 semifinalists by Nov. 29. Member coaches and fans will then vote for their top three choices, and the finalists will be announced Dec. 6. The winners will be announced at the MAC awards banquet on Jan. 11.
In his first three seasons, Fernandes has made a tremendous impact on Stony Brook soccer. He is the program's all-time leading Div. I goal scorer with 22, and he is fourth in assists (10) and second in points (54). He is a two-time America East Midfielder of the Year and first-team All-America East selection.
In 2011, Fernandes had nine goals and seven assists for 25 points and was a first-team NSCAA All-Northeast Region selection and was a finalist for BigAppleSoccer.com's Player of the Year.
Fernandes has been a part of two America East Championship winning teams at Stony Brook, and in 2011, he was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player after scoring a conference-record five points (two goals, one assist) in the title game win over Hartford.
Stony Brook, under second-year head coach Ryan Anatol, returns 13 letterwinners and one redshirt freshman from last season's team that captured the America East Championship and advanced to the NCAA Tournament. Fernandes and the Seawolves will open the 2012 season on Friday, Aug. 24 at Fairleigh Dickinson at 7 p.m.