Connecticut, Louisville Claim Men's Soccer Awards

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SHORT HILLS, N.J. ­- Three schools shared the BIG EAST men's soccer postseason honors, as awards and all-conference teams were announced on Thursday evening. Connecticut junior Tony Cascio was named BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year, while teammate Josh Ford, a redshirt senior, earned BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Year honors. Junior Austin Berry from Louisville was honored as the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year and teammate Dylan Mares took home BIG EAST Rookie of the Year accolades. Georgetown sophomore Ian Christianson was tabbed as the BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year. Awards are voted on by the league head coaches, who are not permitted to vote for their own players.
 
St. John's earned the league's Fair Play Award, while Georgetown and Louisville were chosen as BIG EAST Coaching Staffs of the Year.
 
Cascio is the 10th Husky to earn BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year honors and the third in the last four years after O'Brian White won back-to-back in 2007 and 2008. Cascio was named Offensive Player of the Week twice this year. In the regular season, Cascio led the Huskies with nine goals and 24 points. He was third in the league with 1.78 points per game as well as tied for second in goals. In league games, he finished the regular season tied for second with 0.78 goals per game. Casio was a unanimous selection to the All-BIG EAST First Team.
 
Ford is the second Husky to earn BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Year accolades. The senior started all 17 games in the regular season for the Huskies, logging over 1550 minutes between the posts. He allowed only five goals for a 0.29 goals against average. He made 52 saves for a .912 save percentage and picked up 11 regular season wins, nine of which were shutouts. Ford was named BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Week on Sept. 20. He led the nation in save percentage and goals-against average. Ford was second in shutouts with five and led the conference in goals against-average (0.21) and save percentage (.938).
 
Berry is the second Cardinal to be honored as BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year. Berry helped Louisville achieve an undefeated season, starting 15 regular-season games. He helped the Cardinal defense record a 0.59 goals-against average and a .750 save percentage. Berry also accumulated seven points during the regular season on three goals and an assist. He earned the season's first BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week award on Sept. 6. In league play,
 
Mares is the second Louisville player to earn BIG EAST Rookie of the Year honors after Colin Rolfe won the award in 2008. The forward led the team with 18 points in the regular season and recorded a team-high eight goals. His 1.38 points per game ranked fifth in the league and his 0.62 goals per game was fourth. The freshman earned BIG EAST Rookie of the Week honors twice this season (Sept. 27 and Oct. 25). Mares was named to the All-BIG EAST Second Team and the All-BIG EAST Rookie Team.
 
Christianson is the first Hoya to win BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year honors. He played in all 17 regular season games for Georgetown and was second on the team with 15 points, which tied for seventh in the league. He recorded four goals and dished out seven assists. Christianson had 10 points in league play, including three goals.
 
St. John's earns the second Fair Play Award after totaling only 86 fouls and four 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).
 
Head coach Ken Lolla and his staff led Louisville to its second-straight regular-season conference title and the No. 1 seed out of the Red Division in the BIG EAST Championship. Louisville holds an overall mark of 15-0-2 and ended BIG EAST regular-season play with a 9-0-0 record. This is the third time in four years Louisville has advanced to the BIG EAST Championship semifinals. The Cardinals set a school record with 14 regular-season wins. Lolla has guided the Cardinals to double-digit wins in four of his five seasons with the team. The Cardinals have been ranked in the national top 25 all season, and earned the program's first No. 1 ranking in the NSCAA/adidas poll. This is Louisville's second BIG EAST Coaching Staff of the Year honor.
 
Head Coach Brian Wiese led the Hoyas to the Blue Division title, as the Hoyas earned a No. 1 seed heading into the BIG EAST Championship. Georgetown finished the regular season with an 11-6-1 overall record and a 7-2-0 mark in conference play. The Hoyas posted the second-longest win streak in program history, capturing nine-straight from Sept. 29 to Oct. 28. This is Georgetown's first BIG EAST Coaching Staff of the Year honor under Wiese.
 
 
BIG EAST Men's Soccer Awards
 
Offensive Player of the Year
Tony Cascio, Connecticut
 
Defensive Player of the Year
Austin Berry, Louisville
 
Midfielder of the Year
Ian Christianson, Georgetown
 
Goalkeeper of the Year
Josh Ford, Connecticut
 
Rookie of the Year
Dylan Mares, Louisville
 
Coaching Staff of the Year
Georgetown
Louisville
 
Team Fair Play Award
St. John's
 
First Team
Carlos Alvarez, MF, Connecticut
Austin Berry, B, Louisville         
Jeb Brovsky, MF, Notre Dame  
*Tony Cascio, F, Connecticut
Ian Christianson, MF, Georgetown
Nick DeLeon, MF, Louisville      
Josh Ford, GK, Connecticut      
Matt Marcin, MF, Providence
*Steven Perry, F, Notre Dame   
Colin Rolfe, F, Louisville           
Tadeu Terra, MF, St. John's
*unanimous First Team Selection
 
Second Team^
Antonio Aguilar, MF, DePaul
Bernardo Anor, MF, USF          
Matt Bahner, MF, Cincinnati      
Stephane Diop, MF, Connecticut
Raymon Gaddis, B, West Virginia
Zach Johnson, GK, West Virginia
Calum Mallace, MF, Marquette  
Dylan Mares, MF, Louisville      
Brayan Martinez, MF, Seton Hall
Aaron Maund, B, Notre Dame   
Javed Mohammed, B, USF
Steve Neumann, MF, Georgetown
Dillon Powers, MF, Notre Dame
Abel Sebele, MF, West Virginia
^additional players due to point total ties           
 
Third Team^
Jeff Attinella, GK, USF 
Paolo DelPiccolo, MF, Louisville
Greg King, B, Connecticut        
Connor Lade, B, St. John's
Alex Mangan, F, DePaul           
Leston Paul, MF, USF
Dylan Renna, F, Villanova         
Yannick Salmon, MF, Rutgers
Jossimar Sanchez, MF, Connecticut
Dom Sarle, F, St. John's          
Eric Schoenle, B, West Virginia 
Hasani Sinclair, F, USF
Kenney Walker, MF, Louisville
Matt Williams, GK, Cincinnati
^additional players due to point total ties
 
All-Rookie Team
Rafael Diaz, GK, St. John's
Joey Dillon, MF, Georgetown
Mamadou Diouf, F, Connecticut
Andrew Jean-Baptiste, B, Connecticut
Dylan Mares, MF, Louisville
Steve Neumann, MF/F, Georgetown
Leston Paul, MF, USF
Dylan Renna, F, Villanova
Dom Sarle, F, St. John's
Joseph Schmid, MF, Villanova
Harrison Shipp, F, Notre Dame