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Stanford's Press named one of three finalists for Hermann Trophy

Warshaw set to display his soccer skills for MLS combine

Stanford senior forward Christen Press was named one of three finalists for the Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy, emblematic of the best collegiate women's soccer player in the country it was learned Friday.

Press will join Notre Dame's Melissa Henderson and California's Alex Morgan for the awards ceremony Jan. 7 in St. Louis.

Press, a finalist a year after former teammate Kelley O'Hara won the award, earned Pac-10 Conference Player of the Year honors after helping Stanford (23-1-2) to its second consecutive unbeaten conference season and into its third consecutive NCAA College Cup.

The Cardinal reached the NCAA championship final for the second consecutive year and once again, Press was named to the College Cup All-Tournament team, for the third time.

Press led the nation in goals (26), points (60), and points per game (2.50). She also had 10 game-winning goals and eight assists. She also established herself as the most prolific scorer in Stanford history, breaking career records in goals (71), assists (41), and points (183). She also matched O'Hara's year-old single-season record for goals.

In addition, Press carries a 3.61 GPA in communications and this week was named as the Pac-10 Scholar-Athlete of the Year for women's soccer, and is a first-team Academic All-America.

Football

Stanford's two-way starter Owen Marecic is one of three finalists for the inaugural Paul Hornung Award, given to the nation's most versatile football player.

Marecic, named to the AFCA All-American team, joins TCU's Jeremy Kerley and Kentucky's Randall Cobb. The winner will be announced in early January.

"Owen Marecic plays football the way we did years ago; tough, fearless, relentless," said Hornung, the 1956 Heisman Trophy winner. "Each finalist demonstrated his desire to do whatever his coaches asked to help win football games. These guys can run, catch, pass, block, play defense or anchor special teams, and they do it in the big games against the best teams. I am a big fan of all three."

Marecic, who averages 110 plays per game as both the team's starting linebacker and fullback, has rushed for four touchdowns this season, carrying the ball 20 times for 42 yards. He has also caught nine passes for 75 yards. On defense, he ranks sixth on the team in tackles (45), has 4.5 tackles for a loss, a sack, two interceptions, five pass deflections, a forced fumble and fumble recovery and seven passes defended.

Men's soccer

Bobby Warshaw was invited to participate in the 2011 Major League Soccer Player Combine.

The annual combine will be a chance for MLS teams to look at the top seniors in college soccer in the weeks leading up to the MLS Draft.

Warshaw was one of 54 college seniors from 36 Division I Schools to be invited to the combine.

Warshaw is coming off his final season at Stanford, where he has been one of the top players in the program's history.

He led Stanford in scoring three times, even after being moved to central defense to shore up the backline. He has totaled 18 goals during his time at Stanford where he was a NSCAA All-American in 2010.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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