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December 1, 2015
WV's Buchanan, Lawrence, UVa's Sonnett are Hermann semi-finalists

KANSAS CITY, Mo.--- West Virginia's Kadeisha Buchanan and Ashley Lawrence and Virginia's Emily Sonnett have been named semifinalist for the 2015 Missouri Athletic Club Hermann Trophy .

They are among 15 student-athletes selected as semifinalists by a committee of Division I coaches who are NSCAA members.

WVU and Florida are the only programs to have two players selected for the semifinal list. This is the first time in Mountaineer history that two student-athletes have been tabbed as semifinalists in the same season. Buchanan also made the semifinal cut in 2014. WVU has had at least one semifinalists each of the last three seasons. Chrissie Abbott (2003) is the team’s only finalist.

“The Hermann Trophy is the highest honor in collegiate soccer, and I’m proud and excited to see two Mountaineers on the semifinal list,” Mountaineer coach Nikki Izzo-Brown said. “Today’s recognition speaks to what Kadeisha and Ashley did all year for this team – they contributed to each of our games with a high-level of play.”

A 2014 NSCAA All-America Second Team honoree, Buchanan, a native of Brampton, Ontario, anchored a Mountaineer back line that recorded 15 shutouts this season, a program record, and allowed a program-low 11 opponent goals. The three-time reigning Big 12 Conference Defensive Player of the Year, Buchanan and the back line also put together a program-record nine-match shutout streak this season (Aug. 28 – Sept. 25).

One of three team captains, she also tallied five points (1 G, 3 A) and scored the game-winning goal at No. 15 Ohio State on Sept. 11. In addition to today’s recognition, Buchanan, a three-time All-Big 12 First Team honoree, was named to the Big 12 All-Tournament Team and the Big 12 All-Academic Second Team.

A native of Toronto, Ontario, Lawrence is a two-time NSCAA All-Central Region First Team and a three-time All-Big 12 First Team honoree. She finished 2015 ranked No. 3 on the team, No. 5 in the Big 12 Conference, with 18 points (5 G, 8 A), a career single-season high. Lawrence paced the Mountaineers with eight assists, the second-best Big 12 total, and she now ranks No. 11 in the WVU record book with 19 career assists. Additionally, her five goals were the third-best team total, and she helped the Mountaineers tally a program single-season best 61 goals.

Named the ACC Defensive Player of the Year, Sonnett helped the Cavaliers to a 19-1-3 record on the season and the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament. Virginia posted a 9-1 mark in conference play, claiming the Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season championship and advanced to the finals of the ACC Women's Soccer Championship.

The senior anchored a back line that posted 15 shutouts this season, including 14 victories and one draw, while allowing only 12 goals through 23 matches. The Cavaliers picked up shutout victories over five nationally-ranked foes while going 6-1-3 against the top 25 on the year.

The top three vote-getters from the combined NSCAA coaches and weighted fan votes will be announced as finalists on Dec. 11. The announcement of the winner will follow at a banquet in January.

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