Voting For Scholz and Sorenson Awards Now Open

The finalists for the Rudolph “Rudy” Scholz and M.A. Sorensen Awards for the best men’s and women’s college player of the year have been announced.

LAFAYETTE, CO.- The finalists for the Rudolph "Rudy" Scholz and M.A. Sorensen Awards for the best men's and women's college player of the year have been announced. There are twelve nominees for the Scholz Award and eleven for the Sorensen. For the first time the award finalists will be determined via a combination of a fan vote and team's voting. In previous years the award had been decided by a committee.  

In the Sorenson field, it is an incredibly close race, as it includes some women who had outstanding performances on the national stage, such as Davenport's Danielle Ordway, who scored five tries in Davenport's D1 Fall Championship win over Notre Dame. What really makes the field interesting is the return of last year's recipient Ilona Maher from Quinnipiac. The senior center from Burlington, Vermont, was as scintillating as she was last year. Maher was instrumental in securing Quinnipiac's 3rd consecutive NIRA title.

The nominees for the Scholz Award looks stacked with potential Eagles. Rugby East carries the most players nominated with three total nominations, but there is plenty of competition throughout. Life's Duncan Van Schalkwyck will be fancying his chances after he has put together an impressive season, scoring 170 points for the Running Eagles. Indiana will also have to like their chances too of having back to back award winners with Tyler Sousley nominated after bagging 14 tries in the season. It is a wide open race and the vote will be narrow.

A  complete list of nominees can be seen below: 

M.A. Sorenson Award NominessRudy Scholz Award Nominees
Sui A'au, Central Washington UniversityMike Eife, Penn State
Kaitlyn Broughton, LifeBrennan Falcon, LSU
Gio Ferguson-Lewis, ArmyNick Feakes, Lindenwood
Tess Feury, Penn StateKevin Sullivan, Cal
McKenzie Hawkins, LindenwoodVili Helu, Saint Mary's College
Maya Learned, HarvardJake Lachina, Army
Ilona Maher, QuinnipiacConnor McNeary, Navy
Azniv Nalbandian, Penn StateKyle Rogers, Arizona
Danielle Ordway, DavenportTyler Sousley, Indiana
Kat Ramage, DartmouthKevin Sullivan, Cal
Grace Taito, BYUMarcus Tupuola, Notre Dame College
 Duncan Van Schalkwyck, Life

Voting for the Scholz and Sorensen awards is now open.