Cardinal women on watch list for soccer's Hermann Trophy

Five members of the NCAA champion Stanford women's soccer team were named to the MAC Hermann Trophy watch list. Photo courtesy of Stanford Athletics.

Menlo School grad Jaye Boissiere and Sacred Heart Prep grad Tierna Davidson are among five Stanford women's soccer players named to the watch list for the Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy it was announced Thursday. Alana Cook, Catarina Macario and Tegan McGrady were also named.

The MAC Hermann Trophy is the most prestigious individual award in college soccer, presented annually to the outstanding male and female players of the year.

Tegan McGrady/Stanford Athletics

Catarina Macario/Stanford Athletics

Alana Cook/Stanford Athletics
It is the fourth consecutive season Stanford has had multiple student-athletes on the watch list, with senior Andi Sullivan claiming the trophy after leading the Cardinal to its second national championship last season.

Boissiere, a redshirt junior from Los Altos Hills, was the College Cup's Most Outstanding Offensive Player after scoring the winning goal in a 3-2 triumph over UCLA to claim the national championship. A member of the All-Pac-12 second team, Boissiere registered nine goals and 10 assists in 2017.

Cook, who hails from Far Hills, New Jersey, has started all 69 games since her arrival in 2015. A captain in 2017 and member of the All-Pac-12 first team, the senior anchored a defensive unit which surrendered just nine goals last season and led the nation in shutouts with 19, a program record.

Davidson, Cook's partner in central defense for most of 2017, emerged as a key player in the United States national team during the offseason, becoming the first player since Julie Foudy to play 90 minutes in each of her first five caps.

A MAC Hermann Trophy semifinalist as a sophomore, the Menlo Park native was the College Cup's Most Outstanding Defensive Player and Pac-12 Defender of the Year. She was also named first-team All-America and first-team All-Pac-12 honors.

Macario, from San Diego, led the nation in points (50) and assists (16) as a freshman, earning ESPNW Player of the Year honors.

A MAC Hermann Trophy semifinalist in 2017, Macario earned Pac-12 Forward of the Year, first-team All-America and first-team All-Pac-12 honors after leading the Pac-12 in goals (17).

She joined Kelley O'Hara and Christen Press as the only Cardinal to register 50 or more points in a season.

McGrady, an attack-minded fullback from San Jose, made her first national team appearance on April 8 against Mexico. A member of the All-Region third team and All-Pac-12 second team, McGrady had a career-high five assists in 16 appearances as a junior, including two in the College Cup semifinal to earn All-Tournament team honors.

Men's basketball

Stanford coach Jerod Haase announced the signing of nationally-ranked prospect and Connecticut Player of the Year Jaiden Delaire to complete the Cardinal's highly-rated 2018 recruiting class.

Delaire, who was one of the top-rated players in the 2019 class, has reclassified as a member of the 2018 class.

He has completed four years of high school, beginning at Granby Memorial High School before moving to The Loomis Chaffee School in Windsor, Connecticut, the past two years.

Delaire plans to enroll at Stanford for the fall quarter and compete as a freshman with the Cardinal for the 2018-19 season.

"Jaiden plays at a high level," Haase said. "He uses his long wingspan to create opportunities on both ends of the floor. "His performance this summer is indicative of his versatility. He is a skilled shooter, who can also attack the basket and handle the ball. We are excited to have Jaiden as part of our program and look forward to welcoming him to The Farm this fall."

A 6-9, 200-pound forward from North Granby, Connecticut, Delaire was the 2018 Gatorade Boys Basketball Player of the Year in the state of Connecticut.

He averaged 21.3 points, 7.4 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game for The Loomis Chaffee School last season, guiding the Pelicans to a 17-7 record and the top seed in the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council Class A tournament.

The departure of Reid Travis, who is attending Kentucky as a graduate student, helped create a vacancy for Delaire.

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