Dec. 12, 2013
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - While the Notre Dame men's soccer team is in the final four of the NCAA Championship, standout senior forward Harrison Shipp is in the final three for the Missouri Athletic Club (MAC) Hermann Trophy. Shipp on Thursday was named a finalist for the top individual honor in collegiate soccer.
Shipp (Lake Forest, Ill./Lake Forest) is one of three finalists up for the prestigious player-of-the-year award, which is presented annually during a January banquet at the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis. Joining Shipp as finalists are 2012 MAC Hermann Trophy recipient Patrick Mullins of Maryland and Leo Stolz of UCLA. This season's banquet will be held Jan. 10, 2014.
The Fighting Irish team captain becomes the fourth MAC Hermann Trophy finalist in the history of the Notre Dame program. Ryan Finley was among the final three in contention for last season's award and Joseph Lapira, the 2006 MAC Hermann Trophy winner, also was a finalist in 2007.
Shipp has been a key reason why the Fighting Irish have reached the College Cup for the first time in program history. He has produced 12 goals, including five game winners, and eight assists this season in helping the Fighting Irish to a 15-1-6 record and a share of the Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season title.
He scored three goals in Notre Dame's tournament run to the College Cup. He netted two goals in Notre Dame's 4-0 win over Wisconsin in the second round and deposited the team's fourth goal in the 4-2 triumph of Wake Forest in the round of 16. Those tallies were part of his second seven-game point streak of the season.
Shipp has made a habit of collecting accolades this season. He was selected as the ACC Offensive Player of the Year, the Capital One Academic All-America of the Year® for Division I men's soccer and he also is a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award.
While Shipp is garnering more notoriety this season, he has been a mainstay for the program ever since his rookie campaign. The forward has never missed a match during his collegiate career and has amassed 23 goals and 22 assists in 82 games.
Shipp also has excelled in the classroom. 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 has been named to the dean's list each of the last five semesters.
Shipp and the third-ranked Fighting Irish will face No. 7 New Mexico Friday in the semifinals of the NCAA Championship. The match is slated for 5 p.m. (ET) at PPL Park in Chester, Pa. The game can be seen live on ESPNU and WatchESPN.