Four Locals Named To MAC Hermann Trophy Watch Lists

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Lucy Porter. Photo: SleterFC.com

Three Long Islanders and one member of Hofstra’s women’s soccer team have been named to the men’s and women’s 2019 MAC Hermann Trophy Watch lists.

Among the 36 male players on the Watch List are Dylan Nealis, a senior defender at Georgetown from Massapequa; Brian Saramago, a senior forward at Loyola (Maryland) from New Hyde Park; and Barry Sharifi, a senior midfielder at Loyola (Maryland) from Jericho. 

The 61 players on the women’s Watch List includes Lucy Porter, a junior midfielder at Hofstra from Birmingham, England.

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Dylan Nealis. Photo: Georgetown University

A graduate of Massapequa High School, Nealis in 2018 was named the Big East Defensive Player of the Year. He was also a First Team All-East Region selection and a First Team All-Big East honoree. In his first three years with the Hoyas Nealis has 54 appearances with 52 starts and has 3 goals with 9 assists.

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Brian Saramago (No. 9). Photo: Loyola Maryland

Saramago, who was also chosen to the Hermann Trophy Watch List in 2018, has led Loyola in scoring in each of his first three collegiate seasons. The New Hyde Park High School graduate totaled eight goals and a conference-high eight assists last fall while earning first-team All-Patriot League status for a third-straight year. 

In three seasons, he has accumulated 26 goals and 14 assists for 66 points. He is tied for 22nd in both goals and points all-time at Loyola.

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Barry Sharifi (No. 11). Photo: Loyola Maryland

Sharifi, the two-time defending Patriot League Midfielder of the Year, has also achieved all-conference status in each of his first three seasons at Loyola, landing on the first team in 2017 and 2018. The Jericho High School graduate recorded four goals and four assists in 2018 while starting all 17 contests, and enters his senior campaign with 42 career points (13 G, 16 A). His 16 assists are tied for 18th all-time at Loyola.

Porter, who is entering her junior season, collected several accolades last season. She was named to the United Soccer Coaches All-East Region First Team, Colonial Athletic Association First Team and All-ECAC team. 

She had 11 goals and four assists, combining for 26 points, which ranked second on the team. In addition, Porters was in the Top-10 in the CAA in game-winning goals (1st), goals (2nd), points (t-2nd), goals per game (3rd), points per game (4th), assists (t-10th), while finishing ninth nationally in game-winning goals.

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.