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TopDrawerSoccer names Stanford's Sullivan top player

 
Stanford senior captain Andi Sullivan, shown scoring a goal in the national championship game, was named TopSoccerDrawer's Player of the Year. Photo by Jeremy Reper/isiphotos.com.

Stanford senior midfielder and Hermann Trophy finalist Andi Sullivan was announced as TopDrawerSoccer's Women's Player of the Year on Tuesday after setting up her team for the national championship in early December.

A three-year captain and the Pac-12 Midfielder of the Year, Sullivan capped her remarkable Stanford career with a goal in the Cardinal's 3-2 win over UCLA in the College Cup final on Dec. 1. A four-time All-Pac-12 first teamer, Sullivan was recently named first-team All-America for the third time and All-Pacific Region for the fourth time.

Sullivan owns seven caps with the full United States senior national team, and has 20 career goals and 19 career assists. Stanford's leader on the pitch, Sullivan took up a deeper role in 2017 after pacing the team in goals (11) and points (29) in 2016. She controls the tempo of play, can interchange with any of Stanford's four defenders, break up play with her tackling ability, accurately deliver set pieces and is a threat to make powerful runs into the box.

Joining Sullivan on TopDrawerSoccer's Best XI first team are freshman forward Catarina Macario and sophomore defender Tierna Davidson, with the former earning Freshman of the Year honors.

Macario, the ESPNW National Player of the Year and Pac-12 Forward of the Year, enjoyed a scintillating rookie season, leading the nation in points (50) and assists (16) while ranking fourth in goals (17). She also picked up Pac-12 Freshman of the Year honors and was a member of the All-Pac-12 first and freshman teams.

Davidson, the Pac-12 Defender of the Year, earned her first All-Pacific Region selection after an excellent season. A member of the All-Pac-12 first team, Davidson was Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week twice in 2017, earning a call-up to the United States National Team on Sept. 19.

Head coach Paul Ratcliffe, who guided Stanford its seventh College Cup this past season, was named Coach of the Year. Ratcliffe has guided Stanford to the NCAA Tournament in each of his 15 seasons at Stanford, earning Pac-12 Coach of the Year honors eight times -- no other coach has won the award more than twice.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Athletics

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