Connecticut, Marquette, St. John's, USF and West Virginia Share 2011 Men's Soccer Awards

Banquet Interviews
   
Dom Dwyer (USF) Andrew Jean-Baptiste (UConn) Andre Blake (UConn)
Calum Mallace (Marquette) Louis Bennett (Marquette) Pablo Punyed (St. John's)
Louisville Head Coach Ken Lolla Connecticut Head Coach Ray Reid Villanova Head Coach Tom Carlin
St. John's Head Coach Dave Masur    


SHORT HILLS, N.J. ­- Five schools shared the BIG EAST men's soccer postseason honors, as awards and all-conference teams were announced on Thursday evening at the 2011 BIG EAST Men's Soccer Championship banquet, held at the Short Hills Hilton. USF junior forward Dom Dwyer was named BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year, while West Virginia forward Andrew Bevin was selected as the BIG EAST Rookie of the Year. Sophomore Andrew Jean-Baptiste of Connecticut was named BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year, while teammate Andre Blake, a freshman, earned BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Year. Marquette senior Calum Mallace and St. John's junior Pablo Punyed shared honors as the BIG EAST Midfielders of the Year. Awards are voted on by the league head coaches, who are not permitted to vote for their own players.
 
Notre Dame earned the league's Fair Play Award, while Marquette's coaching staff was chosen as BIG EAST Coaching Staff of the Year.
 
Dwyer is the first player from USF to be named BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year. Dwyer, who was tabbed as the Offensive Player of the Week three times in the last four weeks of the season, finished the regular season seventh in the nation in points per game (2.19) and tied for fifth in the nation in goals per game (1.00). Dwyer leads the league with 34 points, 20 of which came in league play.
 
Bevin is second on the Mountaineers' squad with 16 points and has a team-leading seven goals. He played in all nine conference games, notching two goals and an assist for five points. Bevin is the first player from West Virginia to be named BIG EAST Rookie of the Year.
 
Jean-Baptiste anchored a defense that allowed only seven goals in 20 games and posted 13 shutouts. In conference play, the Huskies posted a goals-against average of 0.42, allowing only four goals. Jean-Baptiste marks the third player from UConn to earn the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year honor, as Chris Gbandi earned it three times (1999-2001) and Julius James earned it three times (2005-2007).
 
Blake is the third player from Connecticut to earn BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Year accolades, and the second consecutive after Josh Ford took home the honor in 2010. In his first season, Blake ranks second in the nation in goals against average (.34). He is also second nationally with a .913 save percentage. In conference play, Blake led the league with a 0.42 goals against average, an .892 save percentage and six shutouts in nine games.
 
In league play, Mallace was tied for the BIG EAST lead with a 0.56 assists-per-game average. Mallace is second on the team with 12 points, dishing out a team-high six assists for the season. He also recorded three goals, including one gamewinner. Since the inception of the BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year award in 2000, Mallace is the first player from Marquette to earn the honor.
 
In conference action, Punyed led the Red Storm this season, posting eight points on a team-high three goals and two assists. Punyed was second on the Red Storm with 11 points in the regular season; he netted four goals and recorded three assists. Punyed's selection marks the fourth time that a player from St. John's has been honored as the BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year. 
 
Notre Dame earns the third Fair Play Award after totaling only 81 fouls and five yellow cards during league play. The award is given to the team with the lowest total: foul (one point), yellow card (five points) and red card (10 points).
 
For the first time in program history, Marquette's coaching staff earned BIG EAST Coaching Staff of the Year honors. The team is led by Louis Bennett, in his 16th season. Bennett led the Golden Eagles, who were picked to finish sixth in the Blue Division in the Preseason Poll, to the Blue Division regular-season title in 2011. MU went 7-8-4 overall last year and 3-4-2 in conference play. This season, the team turned it around to finish with only two conference losses, posting a 7-2-0 mark in league play and finishing the regular season 9-7-2 overall.
 
 
 
BIG EAST Men's Soccer Awards
 
Offensive Player of the Year
Dom Dwyer, USF, F
 
Defensive Player of the Year
Andrew Jean-Baptiste, Connecticut, B
 
Midfielder of the Year
Calum Mallace, Marquette, MF
Pablo Punyed, St. John's, MF
 
Goalkeeper of the Year
Andre Blake, Connecticut, GK
 
Rookie of the Year
Andrew Bevin, West Virginia, F
 
Coaching Staff of the Year
Marquette
 
Team Fair Play Award
Notre Dame
 
All-BIG EAST First Team
Andre Blake, Connecticut, GK
Mamadou Doudou Diouf, Connecticut, F
Andrew Jean-Baptiste, Connecticut, B
Antonio Aguilar, DePaul, F
Steve Neumann, Georgetown, F
Austin Berry, Louisville, B
Nick DeLeon, Louisville, MF
Calum Mallace, Marquette, MF
Aaron Maund, Notre Dame, B
Pablo Punyed, St. John's, MF
*Dom Dwyer, USF, F
*unanimous selection
 
All-BIG EAST Second Team
Carlos Alvarez, Connecticut, MF
Tony Cascio, Connecticut, F
Ian Christianson, Georgetown, MF
Andre Boudreaux, Louisville, GK
Colin Rolfe, Louisville, F
Kenney Walker, Louisville, MF
Ryan Finley, Notre Dame, F
Dillon Powers, Notre Dame, MF
Connor Lade, St. John's, B
Eric Shoenle, West Virginia, B
Raymon Gaddis, West Virginia, B
 
All-BIG EAST Third Team
Jossimar Sanchez, Connecticut, MF
Jimmy Nealis, Georgetown, B
Marc Cintron, Providence, MF
Nate Bourdeau, Rutgers, MF
Ibrahim Kamara, Rutgers, F
Walter Hines, St. John's, F
Brenton Griffiths, USF, B
Leston Paul, USF, MF
Aubrey Perry, USF, B
Andrew Bevin, West Virginia, F
Shadow Sebele, West Virginia, MF
 
All-BIG EAST Rookie Team
Cole DeNormandie, Cincinnati, F
Andre Blake, Connecticut, GK
David Selvaggi, DePaul, F
Tomas Gomez, Georgetown, GK
*C. Nortey, Marquette, F
Marcos Ugarte, Providence, MF
Juan Pablo Correa, Rutgers, F
Tim Parker, St. John's, B
Wesley Charpie, USF, MF
Oscar Umar, Villanova, MF
Andrew Bevin, West Virginia, F
*unanimous selection