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Top NWSL draft prospect Michelle Cooper wins MAC Hermann Trophy

Forward Michelle Cooper is turning pro after just two college seasons at Duke. (Chris Leduc/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Michelle Cooper is the winner of this year’s Mac Hermann trophy after previously having been a semifinalist for the award in 2021.

She was announced as the 2022 recipient on Friday,becoming the first women’s Blue Devil to win the award in the program’s 35-year history. She also became the first player to win since 2011, when men’s player Andrew Wegner won it.

“When they announced my name, it was surreal,” said Cooper. “I didn’t know how to feel. It’s insane to think that I just have now won the same award as people I look up to like Mia Hamm, Crystal Dunn, Kristine Lilly. It’s just surreal.”

Cooper beat out Notre Dame’s Korbin Albert and Florida State’s Jenna Nighswonger.

It caps off a career-year in which Cooper also won 2022 ACC Offensive Player of the Year and a second-consecutive First Team All-America nod. She recently entered the NWSL Draft after scoring a school-record 49 points this season.