Marquette Wins BIG EAST Championship with 3-2 Victory Over Providence

Marquette Claims First BIG EAST Men's Soccer Championship

Marquette Claims First BIG EAST Men's Soccer Championship

Nov. 17, 2013

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CHESTER, Pa. - Two goals less than three minutes apart in the first half made the difference as the Marquette Golden Eagles won the BIG EAST Championship on Sunday afternoon by a score of 3-2 over the Providence Friars. Marquette, who was the No. 2 overall seed in the championship, claimed their first BIG EAST Men's Soccer Championship title this afternoon in their fifth attempt in making the conference tournament.

With Marquette's win, it marked the first time since 2004 that both the men's and women's team from the same school won the BIG EAST Men's and Women's Soccer Championship in the same year, with Connecticut last earning the distinction nine years ago. The Marquette women's soccer team won the BIG EAST Championship last weekend with a 2-0 win over DePaul in Milwaukee, Wis.

Despite a slow start where Providence held much of the momentum, the Golden Eagles capitalized in the first half when Sebastian Jansson timed a perfect run into the box and finished on a header to the top left corner off a Louis Bennett cross in the 33rd minute. Jansson, who was in the game for just 25 seconds prior to the goal, tallied just his second score of the season to give MU the early lead.

Less than seven minutes later, the Eagles made good on a similar attempt when Nick Parianos sent home a header to the left post off an assist from Kelmend Islami at the 36:22 mark. The score would hold going into the break with the Golden Eagles claiming a 2-0 lead over the Friars despite Providence holding a 6-5 advantage in shots for the stanza.

Coming out of the locker room, Marquette would extend their lead to 3-0 in the 58th minute when Adam Lysak took a shot from inside the 18 to notch his fourth goal off the season and second of the championship. Lysak was also credited with the score which catapulted the Golden Eagles into the championship game today with the overtime winner on Friday evening over Butler.

The Friars closed the Marquette lead to two at the 66:31 mark when Manny Andrade one-timed a shot from the left corner of the box off a Phil Towler assist. Another goal in the 87th minute would move the score to 3-2 when PC's Julian Gressel knocked in a rebound off a blocked shot. Despite the late scores, time would run out on the Friars comeback hopes as Marquette solidified the win and the championship at PPL Park in Chester, Pa.

Defensively, Providence goalkeeper Keasel Broome tallied three saves in the loss while Marquette's Charlie Lyon made one stop for the victory. PC's Mac Steeves tallied a game-high five shots for the afternoon while MU's Lysak, Jansson and C. Nortey tallied each tallied two shots in the win.

With Marquette's postseason NCAA Tournament berth secured, the remaining members of the BIG EAST will now await their fate when the NCAA chooses the 2013 tournament field. The annual selection show will be streamed live on NCAA.com at Noon on Monday, Nov. 18th. PPL Park will serve as the home of this year's NCAA College Cup with BIG EAST member institution Villanova serving as the championship hosts.

Tournament's Most Outstanding Offensive Player
Adam Lysak, Sr., Marquette

Tournament's Most Outstanding Defensive Player
Axel Sjoberg, So., Marquette

BIG EAST Championship All-Tournament Team
Zach Steinberger, So., Butler
David Goldsmith, Fr., Butler
Steve Neumann, Sr., Georgetown
Joey Dillon, Sr., Georgetown
Phil Towler, Jr., Providence
Wilder Arboleda, Sr., Providence
Manny Andrade, So., Providence
Axel Sjoberg, So., Marquette
Charlie Lyon, Jr., Marquette
Louis Bennett II, Fr., Marquette
Adam Lysak, Sr., Marquette