Joergen Oland Named to Hermann Award Watch List
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - (Aug. 1, 2019) – United Soccer Coaches and the Missouri Athletic Club announced today the initial list of NCAA Division I players named to the 2019 MAC Hermann Trophy Watch Lists, presented by World Wide Technology. On that list is Fordham's senior defender Joergen Oland(Drammen, Norway). The MAC Hermann Trophy, presented by World Wide Technology, is the most prestigious individual award in college soccer and given annually to the most outstanding male and female players of the year. The Hermann Trophy winners will be announced on January 10, 2020 at the Hermann Trophy Press Conference and Awards Banquet at the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis Oland is the fifth Ram to be listed on the Hermann Award Watch List, joining Janos Loebe (2018), Nathaniel Bekoe (2012), Ryan Meara (2010 & 2011), and Tim Richardson (2011). Oland is the lone representative from the Atlantic 10.
Oland was the 2018 Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Year and a First Team All-Atlantic 10 selection as a junior, after garnering Second Team honors as a sophomore. He also was named United Soccer Coaches First Team All-Southeast Region last season, after earning Third Team All-Midwest honors in 2017. Oland helped the Fordham defense post a 0.95 goals against average last season to go with six shutouts. In addition to his prowess on the back end, he tied his career-high with five goals, which was good for second on the Rams, while his 10 points were third on the squad. He was also named Atlantic 10 Offensive Player of the Week once this season. The MAC Hermann Trophy Watch Lists are compiled by members of the United Soccer Coaches Men's and Women's NCAA Division I All-America Committees. Fifteen semifinalists will be named for both the men's and women's MAC Hermann Trophy near the end of the college season based on voting by NCAA Division I coaches and from those candidates, three finalists will ultimately be placed on the ballot for the coveted award.