Bulls Earns Pair of Prestigious Preseason Honors
KANSAS CITY, Kan./TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Junior forward Andrew Bulls (Millersville, Md./McDonogh) garnered a pair of prestigious preseason accolades this week, as the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) named him to the Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy Watch List and College Soccer News tabbed him a Preseason Second-Team All-American.
Bulls, the 2009 America East Striker of the Year, is coming off a sensational sophomore campaign in which he tied for the league lead with 15 goals and added 11 assists for 41 points. His 2.05 points per game ranked second-best nationally only to teammate Levi Houapeu, while is 0.75 goals per contest were fourth-best in the country. Eight of Bulls' 15 goals on the season were game-winners, leading the conference and tying Giuliano Celenza's school record set in 1999.
The postseason honors poured in for Bulls, who was a unanimous America East All-Conference First Team selection, as well as a College Soccer News Third-Team All-American and ECAC First-Team All-Star. In addition, he became the first Retriever since 2001 to earn First-Team All-Northeast Region honors from the NSCAA.
Bulls is one of 39 players on the watch list for the MAC Hermann Trophy, which is the highest individual award in intercollegiate soccer. The recipients are selected by NCAA Division I coaches who are members of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
Voting 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. 7, 2011, where a news conference will be held to announce the winner, followed by a banquet to honor the three finalists.
The Retrievers kick off the 2011 season on Sept. 2 against VMI.