Jan. 9, 2003
BERKELEY, Calif. -- UCLA women's soccer player Nandi Pryce was recently selected as one of 11 players in the country named to Soccer America's College MVP team announced Wednesday.
Pryce, a junior defender from Casselberry, Fla., started 21-of-22 matches this season, missing one match after being called up for training camp with the Full U.S. National Team. She helped the UCLA defense post 12 shutouts, while giving up just 13 goals all season. She was named one of 15 finalists for the M.A.C. Hermann Trophy, given to the player of the year in college soccer. Last month she was named an NSCAA/adidas first-team All-American.
2002 Soccer America College MVP Team
CHRISSIE ABBOTT (WEST VIRGINIA)
Junior forward from Avon, Ohio
Big East Conference's Offensive MVP scored 20 goals -- nine gamewinners -- and 47 points, playing a part in more than half the Mountaineers' goals, as WVU went 18-3-1 and won Big East's Mid-Atlantic Division.
NICOLE BARNHART (STANFORD)
Sophomore goalkeeper from Gilbertsville, Pa.
Dominant keeper returned from ACL tear that sidelined her in 2001, surrendered just four goals and notched 18.5 shutouts, 93.7 save percentage, 0.18 GAA for the Pac-10 champs.
DEVVYN HAWKINS (SANTA CLARA)
Senior midfielder from Olympia, Wash.
Nation's premier defensive midfielder quarterbacked Broncos, taking on attacking responsibilities in Aly Wagner's absence, and scored critical goals in the NCAA Tournament, including Santa Clara's lone strike in the title game. Finished with six goals, five assists.
JOANNA LOHMAN (PENN STATE)
Junior midfielder from Silver Spring, Md.
Versatile midfielder prodded Nittany Lions to Big Ten title, College Cup semifinals, orchestrating multifaceted attack and creating critical late goals. Finished with 10 goals, 11 assists as Penn State went 19-4-1.
LAUREN ORLANDOS (PORTLAND)
Senior defender from Lake Forest, Calif.
Tall, versatile center back anchored a Pilot defense that shut out 17 foes -- including nine of the last 12 -- en route to the NCAA Division I crown.
ALISAN PABON (STANFORD)
Junior defender from Dallas
Best defender on the nation's best defensive team was virtually flawless at right back, helping the Cardinal to 19 shutouts while contributing mightily to the Cardinal attack.
NANDI PRYCE (UCLA)
Junior defender from Casselberry, Fla.
U.S. under-21 captain, limited in 2000 and 2001 by a leg injury, provided the foundation for the third-ranked Bruins, who shut out 13 opponents en route to an 18-3-1 campaign.
CATHERINE REDDICK (NORTH CAROLINA)
Junior defender/midfielder/forward from Birmingham, Ala.
Backline anchor, free-kick specialist filled many roles for the Tar Heels, becoming their key attacker in their run to the College Cup final four. Missed 10 games while filling a regular role on the U.S. national team's backline. Two-time SA MVP.
CHRISTINE SINCLAIR (PORTLAND)
Sophomore forward from Burnaby, British Columbia
Division I's top goalscorer with 26 goals in 20 games -- 10 in six NCAA Tournament matches -- while winning Golden Boots at the U-19 World Championship and CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup while playing for Canada. Two-time SA MVP.
ALY WAGNER (SANTA CLARA)
Senior midfielder from San Jose, Calif.
Hermann/MAC winner set the standard in midfield -- as an unparalleled passer and creator with superb defensive instincts --and contributed nine goals, nine assists to lead the Broncos to their second successive NCAA title-game appearance. Emerged as a star with the U.S. national team, duties that kept her out of nine games. Three-time SA MVP.
CALLIE WITHERS (STANFORD)
Senior midfielder from Los Altos Hills, Calif.
Deep-lying playmaker and aerial wizard was the Cardinal's pivotal figure, directing a versatile attack, dominating play in the middle and cleaning up in front of the back four while adding five goals.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Christine Sinclair (Portland)
COACHES OF THE YEAR
Stephanie Erickson and Paul Sapsford (Stanford)