KANSAS CITY, MO (Aug. 9, 2022) – United Soccer Coaches has announced the Defenders on its NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Players to Watch lists for the 2022 intercollegiate season.

The lists are comprised of 35 women and 24 men, led by three returning All-Americans on each list. The returning women’s All-Americans include 2021 second-teamer Maycee Bell from North Carolina and two third team returnees, Megan Bornkamp from Clemson and Jordan Brewster from West Virginia. On the men’s side, the returning All-Americans were all third team in 2021, including Mariano Fazio of Tulsa, Daniel Munie of Indiana and Bjarne Thiesen of West Virginia.

The lists are being released for the first time this season by the Division I All-America Committees to promote college soccer leading up to the official start date for the regular season later this month. The lists include United Soccer Coaches All-Americans and first or second team All-Region players from 2021, who are scheduled to return for the 2022 season.

“United Soccer Coaches is pleased to be able to bring some additional focus to these outstanding student-athletes from our member schools as pre-season training gets underway,” said Ralph Polson, the Senior College All-America Administrator. “While other players will most certainly emerge, these previous honorees represent some of the best at their positions entering this season.”

Here is the schedule for all of the position announcements this fall:

August 5 – Goalkeepers

August 9 – Defenders

August 12 – Midfielders

August 16 – Forwards

These positional announcements also lead up to the 2022 watch lists for the prestigious Missouri Athletic Club’s Hermann Trophy on the official start date for regular season games on August 18 (women) and August 25 (men). The MAC Hermann Trophy is presented annually to the Division I National Players of the Year as voted by Division I College Coaches at the end of the regular season. The 2022 recipients will be announced on January 6, 2023, in St. Louis, Mo.

2022 NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Players to Watch – Defenders

2022 NCAA Division I Women’s Players to Watch – Defenders 

Name Class School Hometown
Maycee Bell Sr. University of North Carolina Wichita, Kan.
Vivianne Bessette Jr. University of South Florida Montreal, Que.
Macy Blackburn So. Texas Tech University Keller, Texas
Megan Bornkamp Jr. Clemson University Mooresville, N.C.
Jordan Brewster GR5 West Virginia University North Canton, Ohio
Emma Brown So. Cal Poly Clovis, Calif.
Madison Chavez Sr. University of California-Irvine Hercules, Calif.
Emma Clarke Sr. University of Houston Christchurch, New Zeland
Madison Curry Sr. Princeton University Coto de Caza, Calif.
Kayla Duran Sr. Brown University Woburn, Mass.
Eva Gaetino Jr. University of Notre Dame Dexter, Mich.
Delaney Graham GR5 Duke University Atlanta, Ga.
Katia Hanger Jr. Lipscomb University Alpharetta, Ga.
Jyllissa Harris GR5 University of South Carolina Hazlet, N.J.
Tianna Harris GR5 Kent State University Whitby, Ont.
Aly Kilburg GR5 Loyola University Chicago Park Ridge, Ill.
Karlee Maes GR5 University of New Mexico Albuquerque, N.M.
Amanda Martin Sr. Florida Atlantic University Miami, Fla.
Aidan McConnell So. University of Wisconsin Dexter, Mich.
Mykiaa Minnis GR5 Washington State University Colorado Springs, Colo.
Dunja Mostarac GR5 University of Massachusetts-Lowell Belgrade, Serbia
Lilly Reale So. UCLA Hingham, Mass.
Reyna Reyes Sr. University of Alabama Garland, Texas
Payton Robertson Sr. University at Buffalo Toronto, Ont.
Jade Rose So. Harvard University Marcum, Ont.
Kelly Severini Jr. Michigan State University Union, N.J.
Hannah Sharts GR5 University of Colorado Newbury Park, Calif.
Jenna Shepherd Jr. Utah Valley University American Fork, Utah
Katie Smith Sr. Texas A&M University Tulsa, Okla.
Cecily Stoute GR5 University of Georgia Atlanta, Ga.
Anje Suttner Sr. Hofstra University Boden Kirchen, Germany
Andrea Tyrell GR5 Mississippi State University Toronto, Ont.
Laveni Vaka Jr. Brigham Young University Sandy, Utah
Trinity Watson GR5 Pepperdine University Ocean Beach, Calif.
Samantha White GR5 Michigan State University McKees Rocks, Pa.


2022 NCAA Division I Men’s Players to Watch – Defenders 

Name Class School  Hometown
Melker Anshelm GR5 James Madison University Stockholm, Sweden
Hugo Bacharach Jr. Fairleigh Dickinson University Benicassim, Spain
Nicolas Blassou GR5 UCLA Rockville, Md.
Max Broughton Jr. SIU-Edwardsville Rawstenstall, England
Tyler Clegg GR5 James Madison University Woodbridge, Va.
Hamady Diop Jr. Clemson University Dakar, Senegal
Noah Egan Sr. University of Vermont Irvine, Calif.
Mariano Fazio Sr. University of Tulsa Seville, Spain
Lucas Gen Sr. Princeton University Sacramento, Calif.
Pietro Grassi So. UCLA Milan, Italy
Luis Grassow Sr. University of Kentucky Munich, Germany
Noah Gulden GR5 Lipscomb University Drammen, Norway
Henry Haferkorn Jr. Long Island University Datteln, Germany
Michael Hong GR5 Loyola University Chicago Vernon Hills, Ill.
Liam Johnson GR5 University of Denver Golden, Colo.
Luke McNamara GR5 Seattle University South Huntington, N.Y.
Moses Mensah Sr. Campbell University Cape Coast, Ghana
Daniel Munie Sr. Indiana University Maryland Heights, Mo.
Damani Osei Sr. Santa Clara University Richmond, Va.
Ramzi Qawasmy GR5 Providence College Lansdale, Pa.
Alberto Suarez GR5 Saint Louis University Zaragosa, Spain
Bjarne Thiesen Jr. West Virginia University Kiel, Germany
Daniel Wu Jr. Georgetown University Cary, N.C.
Til Zinnhardt Sr. University of North Carolina Konigstein, Germany

*GR5 Indicates student-athletes exercising their extra year of eligibility due to COVID-19