Dahlkemper returns to the Watch List for the third consecutive year. She was a finalist for the award in 2013, becoming the first defender in 10 years to earn that distinction. She also became the first UCLA soccer player ever to win the Honda Award. Dahlkemper was the leader of a UCLA defense that ranked No. 1 in the nation in team goals against average (0.30) and set a school record for shutouts (18). She finished the year ranked second on the team in minutes played (2,194) and contributed one goal and two assists from her center back position. The NSCAA Scholar All-America Player of the Year also earned Capital One Academic All-District acclaim and Pac-12 All-Academic honors.
Jenkins is one of just four sophomores selected to the Watch List. The Pac-12 Freshman of the Year earned NSCAA third-team All-America honors and first-team All-Pac-12 and All-Pacific Region acclaim in 2013 after leading the Bruins in scoring with 11 goals, 27 points and five game-winning goals. Jenkins, who was named to Soccer America's All-Freshman first team, has played with both the U.S. Under-20 and Under-18 teams during the off-season.
Killion is coming off a tremendous off-season during which she was called up to the full U.S. National Team for the Algarve Cup and earned Championship MVP honors after leading the LA Blues to its second consecutive the USL W-League title. During the 2013 college season, Killion received first-team All-Pacific Region and All-Pac-12 acclaim and was named to the College Cup All-Tournament Team. Killion led the Pac-12 in assists with 12 and was fifth on the Bruin team in scoring with 14 points.
Rowland is currently playing with the U.S. Under-20 National Team as the starting goalkeeper at the FIFA U-20 World Cup. The CONCACAF U-20 Championship Golden Glove winner earned All-America honors in 2013 and led the nation in goals against average with a 0.27 mark, which ranks No. 2 all-time in UCLA history. She allowed just seven goals in 2013 and saved two of four penalty kicks in the NCAA semifinal shootout against Virginia to send UCLA to the championship match, which the Bruins won via a Rowland shutout. Rowland's 15 solo shutouts established a new school record.
The MAC Hermann Trophy is the most prestigious individual award in NCAA soccer presented annually to one male and one female athlete. The winners will be announced Friday, Jan. 9, 2015, at the trophy presentation banquet at the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis.
The watch lists are compiled by the NSCAA Men’s and Women’s NCAA Division I All-America Committees, based on their analysis of returning All-America and All-Region players, as well as any prominent newcomers.
To view the complete list of players on the 2014 Women's MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List, click here.
UCLA begins its season on Friday, Aug. 15 with an exhibition matchup against Texas A&M. The match will be held at North Athletic Field at 5 pm, a change from previously-published schedules. Admission is free.