Oct. 5, 1998
UCLA's Seth George and Sasha Victorine were selected as two of 15 candidates for the 13th annual Missouri Athletic Club Sports Foundation Collegiate Player of the Year award, which will be presented during a dinner at the M.A.C. on Jan. 8, 1999.
George, a senior forward from Mission Viejo, Calif., has become one of the most prolific scorers in UCLA history, scoring 107 career points to rank eighth all-time. The 1997 Final Four Offensive MVP also ranks seventh all-time with 42 career goals and second all-time with 15 career game-winning goals. In 1998, he has scored a goal or assist in every game for the 7-1 and second-ranked Bruins and leads the team in scoring with eight goals and 20 points. This is George's first M.A.C. nomination.
Victorine, a junior midfielder from Corona, Calif., earned his second consecutive nomination. Last season, he was selected as one of the 15 candidates despite a season-ending knee injury a week prior to the announcement. Victorine, UCLA's playmaker and team co-captain, has recovered quite nicely from the injury and leads the team with six assists. U.S. Under-23 National Team member Victorine is also a nominee for the Hermann Trophy.
The other candidates are: Lazo Alavanja, Mf, Indiana; Chris Albright, F, Virginia; Keith Beach, Mf, Maryland; Adin Brown, Gk, William & Mary; Chris Brown, Mf, Portland; Matt Chulis, D, Virginia; Nick Garcia, D, Indiana; Jay Heaps, Mf, Duke; Jason Moore, Mf, Virginia; Richard Mulrooney, Mf, Creighton; Bobby Rhine, F, Connecticut; Tony Soto, D, SMU; and Evan Whitfield, D, Duke.
The 15 candidates for the Player of the Year award, to recognized the top American born or naturalized college player, were chosen in balloting by coaches of the Top 20 teams in this year's pre-season rankings. The winner will be selected in balloting by approximately 800 coaches from across the country.
In addition to selecting the Top 15 players, coaches also named five "Players to Watch" during the season. Named were UCLA's Carlos Bocanegra, a sophomore defender; Scott Bower, a junior midfielder from Clemson; Ali Curtis, a sophomore forward from Duke; Jon Conway, a junior goalie from Rutgers, and Dan Califf, a freshman defender/midfielder from Maryland.