Gutman finalist for MAC Hermann Trophy #iums

Indiana senior Andrew Gutman was named as one of three finalists for the 2018 MAC Hermann Trophy on Friday.

Denver’s Andre Shinyashiki and Kentucky’s J.J. Williams will join Gutman in attending the awards ceremony on Jan. 4 at the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis to find out the winner.

This marks the second straight year a Hoosiers has been a finalist for college soccer’s most prestigious individual award, as Grant Lillard was a runner-up in 2017.

Current IU assistant coach Danny O’Rourke was the last Hoosier to win the MAC Hermann Trophy in 2004. Prior to 2002, the Missouri Athletic Club and Hermann Trophy were separate awards, won eight times by a Hoosier. Ken Snow won the MAC Player of the Year in 1988 and 1990, while current Indiana head coach Todd Yeagley won the award in 1994. The Hermann Trophy went to Angelo DiBernardo in 1978, Armando Betancourt in 1981, Snow in 1988 and 1990 and Brian Maisonneuve in 1994.

Gutman was named a first team All-American on Thursday night, along with IU goalkeeper Trey Muse, a MAC Hermann semifinalist, while midfielder Griffin Dorsey was a second team All-American.

A unanimous choice as Big Ten Defender of the Year and first team All-Big Ten, Gutman leads Indiana in scoring with 11 goals and nine assists from his position at left back.

In addition to his offense, Gutman has helped anchor an IU defense that has posted an NCAA-best 15 shutouts on the season with the second-best goals against average of 0.466.