LUBBOCK, Texas – For a third-consecutive season, Texas Tech senior forward Janine Beckie was recognized as one of the top players in the country Wednesday as she was named to the MAC Hermann Trophy watch list.  


Beckie, a 2014 semifinalist for the award that is presented annually to the nation’s top collegiate player, is one of 28 players on the watch list that will be trimmed to 15 candidates near the end of the regular season. The 2015 Hermann Trophy winner will be announced on Jan. 8, 2016, at a ceremony held at the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis.  


This is the first preseason accolade so far this fall for Beckie, who earned NSCAA first team All-American and Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year honors in 2014. She is one of four returning Hermann semifinalists from a year ago named to the watch list.


The watch list was compiled by the NSCAA Women’s NCAA Division I All-America Committee based on analysis of returning All-America and All-Region players as well as any prominent newcomers. 


Arguably one of the top players to ever play at Texas Tech, Beckie enters her senior season already as the school’s career leader in goals (43), game-winning goals (16) and shot attempts (327). She ranks second with 99 career points and is also among the single-season school leaders in most offensive categories as well.


Beckie has ranked among the top forwards in the country throughout her Texas Tech career as she has totaled at least 12 goals in each of her three seasons. Her 17 goals and 38 points in 2014 led all Big 12 Conference players.


Following the 2014 season, Beckie spent the spring semester in residency with the Canadian National Team where she participated in several international tournaments, including the Pan American Games which wrapped up just a few weeks ago. She connected on three goals during that span, including two in the Pan American Games opener against Ecuador. 


Beckie and the Red Raiders opened preseason practices on Wednesday in preparation for their Aug. 21 season opener against Southern California at the Lobo Invitational hosted by New Mexico. Texas Tech kicks off its home slate of nine matches on Aug. 28, hosting Georgia at the John Walker Soccer Complex.