The Olney, Maryland native tallied 28 points on the season (Gil Talbot).
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Continuing to earn accolades after a dynamic season on the pitch, senior Margaret Purce has been named a semifinalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy, as announced by the organization on Tuesday.
The Ivy League Offensive Player of the Year, Purce was named to the watch list for the award for the third time in the preseason. The only Ivy League selection on the list, Purce scored 12 goals and dished four assists for 28 points on the season. Purce ended her Harvard career in third place on the Crimson career goals list with 42, a mark that also ranks seventh in the Ivy League record books.
Hailing from Olney, Maryland, Purce ranked 21st nationally with 0.71 goals per game and sixth in the country with 5.12 shots per outing. She also represented the United States with the U-23 team at the Nordic Cup prior to the season, helping the USA claim first place.
The forward joined Emily Stauffer '98-99 as one of two Harvard players to win a pair of Ivy League Player of the Year awards, and she is one of a handful of players to be named All-Ivy first team four times. Stauffer was the last Crimson student-athlete to be a finalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy in 1999.
Purce helped lead the Crimson to its third Ivy League Championship in the past four seasons and to the program's 16th NCAA Tournament appearance. Harvard went 10-4-3 on the season, including an 11-game unbeaten streak from Sept. 11-Nov. 5. The class of 2016 tallied 41 wins over four seasons, including a remarkable 22-2-4 mark in conference play.
The MAC Hermann Award is the most prestigious award in college soccer, and is presented annually to the sport's top male and female athletes. The three finalists for the award will be announced in December.