STONY BROOK, N.Y. — Alyssa Francese, a graduate student and forward with the Stony Brook University women’s soccer team, was named to the preseason watch list for the MAC Hermann Trophy by United Soccer Coaches.
The annual award is presented by the Missouri Athletic Club to the nation’s top female and male college soccer players.
“It’s an incredible honor to be on this list,” Francese said in a statement. “Looking back on the lists of previous years and seeing the great players who have been part of it and now seeing my own name there is something I’ll pride myself on greatly.”
In three seasons at Stony Brook, Francese has recorded 30 goals and three assists in 54 matches.
She scored seven game-winning goals in 2019, fifth in nation. Her 12 goals overall were the most by a Seawolves player since 2000, when Kerri McCabe Handras tallied 13.
Francese’s career goal total ranks fifth in program history. She is 15 shy of matching Stony Brook record-holder Erica Keller, who produced 45 from 1996 to ’98.
Francese, who grew up in Yorktown Heights, N.Y. and is a product of Yorktown Heights High School, graduated from Stony Brook in December with a bachelor’s degree in business management and specialization in marketing. She also has earned a Presidential Scholar-Athlete Award from America East.
She had earned a Stony Brook University Undergraduate Recognition Award for Outstanding Achievement in Athletics. She also became the program’s first United Soccer Coaches Scholar All-American after the 2019 season.
Francese will play during the upcoming spring season while pursuing an advanced graduate certificate in coaching. She also plans to play the traditional season this fall.
She was a United Soccer Coaches All-Atlantic Region first team selection, the America East striker of the year and an All-America East first-team honoree a year ago.
“I’m proud of how the team supports Alyssa, and I’m proud of Alyssa and how she pays it back,” head coach Tobias Bischof said in a statement. “She scored 30 goals in her first three seasons. And if you ask Alyssa, she will tell you, ‘I should’ve scored more.’ That’s her personality. That’s what makes her special — always striving to be better.”