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November 23, 2016
25 nominated for College Boot

The Editors of Soccer News Net

Twenty-five of the nation's top men's college soccer players have been named finalists for the 2015 Soccer News Net College Boot award, recognizing the men's college player of the year.

Cast your vote for the Soccer News Net College Boot men's player of the year

The editors of each of the sites in the Soccer News Net network nominated up to three local players for the award, each of which will be eligible for the regional player of the year award. Seven additional at-large selections rounded out the nominations.

Fans from across the country will be able to vote for the top collegiate player. Voting will begin on Thursday, November 24 and continue until December 23, and will be conducted on Big Apple Soccer (, Chicagoland Soccer News (, LA Soccer News (, New England Soccer News (, Philly Soccer News ( Dallas Soccer News. ( , DC Soccer News ( and Sunshine Soccer News (

Online fan voting will account for 40% of the total toward the award. The remaining 60% of the vote will be cast by the Soccer News Net editorial staff. The winner of the popular vote will receive the Soccer News Net Supporter's Choice Award.

Soccer News Net has been selecting a player of the year since 2007.

Collyns Laokandi, St. Francis, Jr., D
Paris, France (University of Reims Champagne Ardenne)

Named NEC Defensive Player of the Year...Led a stingy defensive unit that ranks 12th nationally in goals against average (0.65)...The Terriers have posted a league-high nine shutouts and have not allowed a goal in 681 minutes heading into the postseason...Chipped in offensively with two goals and three assists...Ranks fourth on the team with seven points.

Harri Hawkins, Hofstra, Sr., D
Cambridge, England (Chesterton)

Named CAA Defender of the Year and All-CAA First Team...Anchored a Pride defense that posted five shutouts, including three straight to open conference play.

Arthur Bosua, Columbia, Jr., F
Dix Hills, NJ (Half Hollow Hills HS/Albertson)

Ivy League Offensive Player of the Year and First Team All-Ivy League...Eight goals and four assists...scored three goals and assisted on a fourth in a conference-clinching win over Cornell.

Jon Gallagher, Notre Dame, Jr., F
Dundalk, Ireland (Greens Farms Academy)

Named ACC Offensive Player of the Year and First-Team All ACC...Leads the conference with 12 goals and 31 points...Second in the ACC with seven assists...The irish are 9-0 this season when he scores a goal.

Brody Kraussel, Loyola, Jr. M
Milwaukee, Wisc. (Muskego HS/ SC Waukesha)

Midfield general for a Ramblers team that compiled a 13-2-1 record, equaling the school win mark set in 1984...Nine assists in 2016, for fifth on the Loyola all-time single-season list.

Tanner Thompson, Indiana, Sr., M
Loomis, Calif. (Granite Bay HS)

Repeated as Big Ten Midfielder of the Year and earned All Big Ten First Team honors for the third straight season... In a playmaking role for the Hoosiers, emerged as team’s top scorer with eight goals in first 18 games this season....Also has two assists.

Gordon Wild, Maryland, So. F
Cologne, Germany (USC Upstate)

A unanimous selection as Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year...Led the conference and ranks third nationally in goals with 15... Has six game-winners and four assists this season.

Dale Ludwig, American, Sr., M
Palmyra, Va. (Fluvanna County HS)

Named Patriot League Midfielder of the Year and First Team All-PL...Finished with five goals and an assist... Has 47 career points and is one goal shy of tying his career-best of six which was set last season.

Christopher Lema, Georgetown, Jr., M
Ridgefield, N.J. (St. Stephen's Episcopal School/ NY Red Bulls Academy)

First Team All-Big East...Started all 17 contests for the Blue & Gray this past season...Was GU’s third-leading scorer with one goal and a squad-best five assists.

Nick DePuy, UC Santa Barbara, Sr., F
Irvine, Calif. (Regis Jesuit HS)

The first player ever to win his third Big West Offensive Player of the Year award...All Big West First Team...Scored six of UCSB's 30 goals this season... The Big West’s active career leader in goals (31), points (66), shots (223) and game-winning goals (16)...Ranks No. 9 in the conference with 16 points...The Gauchos are 19-2-6 all-time when DePuy scores a point...In the Big West record book, DePuy is tied for No. 7 all-time in goals, No. 2 in game-winning goals and No. 4 in shots.

Jose Hernandez, UCLA, So., M
Mexico City, Mexico (Vista Grande HS/RSL Academy)

The Pac-12 Co-Player of the Year...Second on the Bruins in points (14), goals (4) and assists (6)...Started all eight games this season and netted four goals, to date, with two of them coming as game winners... Overall in the Pac-12, he ranks top-10 in points, goals, assists and game-winning goals.

Julian Gressel, Providence, Sr., M
Neustadt an der Aisch, Germany (Helena-Lange-Gymnasium/TSV Neustadt/Aisch)

Named Big East Co-Offensive Player of the Year and First Team All-Big East...Five of his 11 goals were game-winners...Also notched five assists...Scored in 12 games, including an eight-game point streak to lead Friars to their first Big East regular-season title.

Zeiko Lewis, Boston College, Sr., M/F
Pembroke, Bermuda (Berkshire School)

Playmaker who made his international debut as a teenager with Bermuda’s national team...Five goals, five assists...Tied Louis Papadellis’ BC career assist record with 26.

Abdou Mbacke Thiam, UConn, So., F
Dakar, Senegal

The Huskies’ leading scorer last two seasons...First Team all-conference in The American...Ten goals (six game-winners) in 16 games this season...The Huskies are 8-0-0 when he scores this season.

Connor Maloney, Penn State, Sr., F
Harrisburg, Pa. (Bishop McDevitt HS/Philadelphia Union Academy)

Unanimous First Team All-Big Ten selection...Team-leading eight goals and five assists in 17 games...Penn State’s leading scorer three successive seasons.

Miguel Polley, Villanova, RS Jr., M
Bloomfield, Mich. (Waterford HS/Albertson Academy)

All-Big East Second Team...The Wildcats’ leader with six goals (three game-winners) and eight assists. Also led the team with six assists last season, his first with the Wildcats since transferring from Temple.

Jorge Gomez Sanchez, Temple, Sr., F
Talavera de la Reina, Spain (UD Talavera/Osasuna Youth)

Unanimous First Team all-conference in The American...Led Owls in scoring with 14 goals (seven game-winners) this season and 13 (six game-winners) last season, moving into a tie with Shawn Vogel for fifth place on the Temple scoring list with 27 career goals...His 31 points were nearly half of the team's total for the season.

Guillermo Delgado, Delaware, Sr., F
Tres Cantos, Spain (Jose Luis Sampedro HS/Sounders FC U23)

Earned his second Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Year honor...First Team All-CAA...Led the Blue Hens with 11 goals (one game-winner) and eight assists...Holds five UD career records: points (114), goals (48), assists (19), shots (277) and game-winning goals (17).

Albert Ruiz, Florida Gulf Coast, Jr., F
Barcelona, Spain (CE L'Hospitalet)

Named ASUN Player of the Year and First Team All-ASUN...Leads the ASUN and Division I nationwide with 20 goals and 45 points...Scored six goals in five conference matches and posted two hat tricks this year.

Wuilito “Totti” Fernandes, UMass Lowell, Sr. M/F
Praia, Cape Verde (Boston International HS)

Striker of the Year in the America East...First Team all-conference...Set career highs with team-leading 11 goals (five game-winners), five assists and 27 points...Totaled 27 goals in 65 career games.

Chris Arling, New Hampshire, So., F
Windham, NH (New England Revolution Academy)

First Team All-America East...The highest-scoring sophomore in the history of UNH men's soccer...Led the Wildcats with 15 goals (six game-winners) in 18 games.

Ian Harkes, Wake Forest, Sr., M
Fairfax, Va. (Gonzaga College HS/DC United Academy)

Named ACC Midfielder of the Year and First Team All-ACC...Scored a career-high three goals -- all game-winners -- and added two assists.

Brandt Bronico, Charlotte, Sr., M
High Point, NC (Wesleyan Christian Academy/NC Fusion)

Voted the Conference USA Player of the Year, Offensive MVP and was the recipient of the Golden Boot Award...Ranked in the top five of all major offensive statistical categories in the league: points (21, t-1st), goals (eight, t-2nd), assists (five, 4th) and game-winning goals (four, 3rd)...Was awarded the Golden Boot for registering the most goals in conference play with eight.

Austin Ledbetter, SIU Edwardsville, Jr., D
St. Charles, MO (CBC HS/St. Louis Scott Gallagher)

Named the Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year...First Team All-MVC...Started all but two matches in his four-year career...Not only led a Cougar defense that produced six shutouts and allowed just five goals in league play, but was the Cougars' second-leading scorer...Four goals, including one in MVC action, and one assist in 2016.

Foster Langsdorf, Stanford, Jr., F
Vancouver, Wash. (Mountain View HS/Portland Timbers Academy)

Co- Pac-12 Men’s Player of the Year...First Team All Pac-12... Finished the regular season as the Conference leader with 12 goals, five of them game winners, and 26 points...Led the Cardinal to three-consecutive Pac-12 titles, going 8-1-1 in Conference action set a school record for Pac-12 wins.
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