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Preseason Honors Piling Up for Men's Soccer Players

Penn's Thomas Brandt (left), Princeton's Antoine Hoppenot (center) and Columbia's Mike Mazzullo (right).
Penn's Thomas Brandt (left), Princeton's Antoine Hoppenot (center) and Columbia's Mike Mazzullo (right).

Portions courtesy of Columbia Sports Information/Media Relations and Penn and Princeton Athletic Communications

PRINCETON, N.J. -- Coming off a 2010 season in which four Ivy League teams appeared in the NCAA Championship - including Dartmouth and Brown advancing to the final 16 - for the second consecutive season, it is no surprise the Ivy League men’s soccer teams and players are collecting preseason accolades. Leading the way, 2010 Ivy League Player of the Year and Princeton Tiger Antoine Hoppenot as well as first team All-Ivy defender and Penn Quaker Thomas Brandt have been named to the 2011 Missouri Athletic Club’s Hermann Trophy Watch List. Also of note, Brandt and Columbia’s Mike Mazzullo were named two of the 30 candidates for the 2011 Men’s Soccer Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award.

Complete MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List
Hoppenot was a semifinalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy last season after he totaled eight goals and five assists for 21 points in the regular season. With 21 points, Hoppenot led all Ivy players in overall regular season scoring, tied for the lead with eight goals and was third with five assists. In seven Ivy League contests, he notched two goals and three assists for seven points. Last season he was tabbed an All-America by two organizations. Hoppenot has been the team’s leading scorer the past two seasons and has helped the Tigers to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances and the 2010 Ivy League title. He currently has 53 points on 22 goals and nine assists, ranking him 13th all time at Princeton in points and 11th in goals.

In addition to first team All-Ivy honors, Brandt was also a 2011 first-team NSCAA All-Region honoree after scoring five goals while playing a key role in Penn’s stingy defense. Brandt has appeared in 39 career games over his three seasons, making 35 starts. In 2009, Brandt played in all 17 matches with 16 starts. Last season, he started all 19 matches and tied for second on the team with his five goals, including two game-winning goals highlighted by an overtime strike versus George Mason.

The MAC Hermann Trophy is the highest individual award in intercollegiate soccer. The recipients are selected by head coaches of NCAA Division I programs who are members of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). Voting for the MAC Hermann Trophy is conducted in late November, when a field of 15 semifinalists is reduced to three finalists. Those three will be invited to the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis on Friday, Jan. 6, 2012, where a news conference will be held to announce the winner, followed by a banquet to honor the three finalists.

Complete Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award Candidates List
Columbia senior midfielder Mike Mazzullo joins Brandt on the list of 30 candidates for the 2011 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award. Mazzullo, who became the first three-time captain in Columbia men’s soccer history this spring, earned All-Ivy League honorable mention honors last season after helping the Lions to a tremendous finish down the stretch of the conference season. The defensive midfielder topped the team in minutes played with 1,578, and also scored a game-winning goal against Seton Hall that sparked a three-match winning streak to close out the month of September.

A model student, Mazzullo is a history major at Columbia College and maintains a 3.45 GPA. He was named to the Fall Academic All-Ivy League team in 2010.

An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.

The 30 candidates will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season and those 10 names will be placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans who will select one candidate who best exemplifys excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition.

Additional Men’s Soccer Preseason Honors

College Soccer News 2011 Preseason All-America Teams

Antoine Hoppenot, Senior, Forward (Princeton) -- First Team
Thomas Brandt, Senior, Defender (Penn) -- Second Team

Joe’s Big Board ( top-100 senior pro prospects as ranked by Joe Mauceri)
6. Antoine Hoppenot (Princeton)
23. Jake Levin (Penn)
40. Lucky Mksosana (Dartmouth)
48. Christian Barreiro (Penn)
79. Sean Rosa (Brown)
100. Thomas Brandt (Penn)

NSCAA Preseason National Rankings
11. Brown
20. Dartmouth
RV. Princeton