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Canadians Kadeisha Buchanan, Ashley Lawrence, Brian Wright up for NCAA soccer MVP

TORONTO — Canadian internationals Kadeisha Buchanan and Ashley Lawrence are among the 15 semifinalists for the 2016 MAC Hermann Trophy.

University of Vermont forward Brian Wright of Ajax, Ont., is one of 15 men's semifinalists.

The awards, voted on by NCAA Division I soccer coaches, go to the top men's and women's players in NCAA soccer.

Three men's and three women's finalists will be named Dec. 14. The winners will be announced Jan. 6 at the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis.

Buchanan, a centre back from Brampton, Ont., was a finalist for the 2015 award won by Raquel Rodriguez of Penn State. Lawrence, a fullback-midfielder also from Brampton, was a semifinalist last year.

Both players have helped West Virginia to the College Cup, which opens Friday in San Jose.

Wright has 14 goals and 12 assists in 22 games for Vermont this season.

The awards have has been given out annually since 1967.