COLLEGE: Christen Press, Alex Morgan are Hermann finalists

Stanford's Christen Press and Cal's Alex Morgan, both of them So Cal products, are finalists for the MAC Hermann Award, college soccer's most prestigious player-of-the-year honor.

Also announced Friday: North Carolina midfielder Michael Farfan, a Cal State Fullerton transfer from Wildomar in Riverside County, is among five local players on the NCAA Division I men's All-America team.

Press (Palos Verdes Estates/Chadwick School), a massive favorite for the honor, scored an NCAA-best 26 goals with eight assists to lead No. 1 Stanford to its second successive NCAA title-game appearance. Morgan (Diamond Bar/Diamond Bar HS), the only college player regularly featured with the U.S. women's national team, scored 14 goals in just 12 games for Cal, her time curtailed by international duty.

The other finalist is Melissa Henderson, who scored 17 goals with 11 assists to lead Notre Dame to a national championship. Men's finalists are Indiana's Will Bruin, Akron's Darlington Nagbe and Louisville's Colin Rolfe.

Locals joining Farfan on the National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-America team are four third-teamers:

  • Loyola Marmount senior midfielder Rafael Baca (Lawndale/Animo Leadership HS)

  • Cal senior forward Davis Paul (Upland/Damien HS)

  • UCLA freshman midfielder Kellyn Rowe

  • UC Santa Barbara senior defender Michael Boxall