Dec. 3, 2013
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - Last week Harrison Shipp was named the Capital One Academic All-America of the Year® for Division I men's soccer and now he can add Missouri Athletic Club (MAC) Hermann Trophy semifinalist to his impressive resume.
Shipp (Lake Forest, Ill./Lake Forest) is among 15 student-athletes up for the player-of-the-year award, which is presented annually during a January banquet at the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis. Shipp is one of six semifinalists still alive in the NCAA Championship.
NCAA Division I coaches that are NSCAA College Services members may vote for their top choices Dec. 4 through Dec. 10 within myNSCAA on NSCAA.com. Soccer fans can also let their collective voice be heard by voting for their favorite player on the MAC's website hosted by LockerDome, starting on Thursday. Click here to vote.
The top three vote-getters from the combined NSCAA coaches and weighted fan votes will be announced as finalists on Dec. 12, followed by the announcement of the winners at the banquet, Jan. 10, 2014.
Shipp has produced 12 goals, including five game winners, and eight assists this season in helping the Fighting Irish to a 14-1-6 mark and a berth in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championship. He also was a key reason why Notre Dame captured a share of the Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season title and he took home the league's offensive player of the year award.
The Fighting Irish captain has scored three goals in the team's first two NCAA tournament games this season. Shipp netted two goals in Notre Dame's 4-0 win over Wisconsin in the second round and tallied the team's fourth goal in Sunday's 4-2 triumph of Wake Forest in the round of 16. He currently has a seven-game point streak, which matches a career-best mark that he also achieved earlier this season.
The durable forward has never missed a match during his collegiate career and has recorded 23 goals and 22 assists in 81 games. He is the first two-time Academic All-American in program history and he boasts a 3.883 cumulative GPA as a finance major in Notre Dame's top-ranked Mendoza College of Business. Shipp, who also is a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award, has been named to the dean's list each of the last five semesters.
Shipp is the ninth MAC Hermann Trophy semifinalist in the history of the Notre Dame program. The Irish boasted two semifinalists, Ryan Finley and Dillon Powers, last season. Finley became the third finalist in school history. Joseph Lapira, the 2006 MAC Hermann Trophy recipient, also was a finalist in 2007.
Shipp and the third-ranked Fighting Irish will play host to No. 11 Michigan State on Saturday in the NCAA quarterfinals. The match is slated for 7 p.m. (ET) at Alumni Stadium. Notre Dame is aiming for its first-ever trip to the College Cup.
-- Sean Carroll, Assistant Athletic Media Relations Director