BIG EAST Men's Soccer Awards Announced

Nov. 14, 2013

2013 BIG EAST Men's Soccer Annual Banquet

CHESTER, Pa. - Georgetown and Marquette, the top two seeds in The BIG EAST Championship for men's soccer, also received the most recognition when the BIG EAST announced its 2013 individual awards, which were made at the team banquet prior to the start of the conference's semifinals of the postseason tournament.

Steve Neumann of Georgetown was named BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year. Nick Hagglund of Xavier was selected BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year. David Goldsmith of Butler was tabbed BIG EAST Rookie of the Year. The BIG EAST Midfielder and Goalkeeper of the Year awards will be shared. The two midfielders are Joey Dillon of Georgetown and Bryan Ciesiulka of Marquette. The goalkeepers are Tomas Gomez of Georgetown and Charlie Lyon of Marquette. The Georgetown coaches were named BIG EAST Coaching Staff of the Year.

All the selections were made by a vote of the league's head coaches and announced at the team banquet prior to the start of The BIG EAST Championship.

The semifinals and the final of The BIG EAST Championship for men's soccer will be played Friday, Nov. 15 and Sunday, Nov. 17, at PPL Park in Chester, Pa. The semifinals begin with No. 1 seed Georgetown facing No. 4 seed Providence at 6 p.m. ET. Marquette, the No. 2 seed, will play No. 6 seed Butler at 8:30 p.m. The title game will begin at 12:30 p.m. and will be televised by FOX Sports 1.

The All-BIG EAST First, Second, Honorable Mention and Rookie Teams also were announced.

Neuman, a senior forward, scored a league-leading seven goals in nine games and had 18 points for the top-seeded Hoyas. Overall, he finished with 10 goals and six assists for 26 points, also first in the conference. Neumann's success was not unexpected. He was the 2013 BIG EAST Preseason Offensive Player of the Year.

Hagglund's defensive prowess helped Xavier finish 6-3-0 in the BIG EAST and earn a No. 3 seed in The BIG EAST Championship. The Musketeers allowed only eight goals in nine league contests. A senior, Hagglund was named to the Preseason All-BIG EAST Team.

The midfielder winners play for the two top seeds in the championship. Both are seniors. Dillon helped lead the Hoyas to a share of the BIG EAST regular-season crown and the No. 1 seed. A two-way standout, he helped the Hoyas lead the conference in goals with 22 and rank first in fewest goals allowed with four.

Ciesiulka was critical to the Marquette success, helping the Golden Eagles to a 5-2-1 BIG EAST record and a tie with Georgetown for the regular-season title. Ciesiulka was honored despite missing six games because of a head injury. He is a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award in men's soccer. Ciesiulka is tied for first among active MU players with 16 career assists and is second in points with 34.

Goldsmith was chosen as the top rookie after being a key component in Butler's success. He tied for first in the BIG EAST in goals with 11 tallies in the regular season. He finished fourth overall in scoring with 24 points. Goldsmith notched four game-winning goals this season and scored the only goal in a 1-0 win at Xavier in the first round of the championship.

Like the midfielder position, the two winners at goalkeeper both play for the top two seeds. For Georgetown, Gomez ranked first in the BIG EAST with a 0.46 goals against average and gave up only three goals in nine conference contests. His .867 save percentage was also tops in the conference. Gomez has recorded a league-leading 10 shutouts this season.

Lyon has been just as important for Marquette. The junior was a critical contributor to Marquette's 6-2-1 league record which tied the Hoyas for the regular-season crown. He matched Gomez with five shutouts in BIG EAST games and had eight shutouts for the season. Lyon compiled a 0.85 goals against average.

The league's head coaches tabbed the Georgetown coaches as the BIG EAST Coaching Staff of the Year. Led by head coach Brian Wiese, the Hoyas earned the No. 1 seed with a 6-2-1 record. In league competition, Georgetown scored the most goals (22) and gave up the fewest (4). The Hoya coaching staff also includes Zach Samol, Brian Gill and John O'Reilly.

2013 BIG EAST Men's Soccer Awards

BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year
Steve Neumann, Georgetown

BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year
Nick Hagglund, Xavier

BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year
Joey Dillon, Georgetown
Bryan Ciesiulka, Marquette

BIG EAST Rookie of the Year
David Goldsmith, Butler

BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Year
Tomas Gomez, Georgetown
Charlie Lyon, Marquette

BIG EAST Coaching Staff of the Year

All-BIG EAST First Team^
Joey Dillon, Georgetown, M
Tomas Gomez, Georgetown, GK
Charlie Lyon, Marquette, GK
Axel Sjoberg, Marquette, B
Nick Hagglund, Xavier, B
Tim Parker, St. John's, B
Brandon Allen, Georgetown, F
*Steve Neumann, Georgetown, F
C. Nortey, Marquette, F
Zach Steinberger, Butler, M
Bryan Ciesiulka, Marquette, M
Zach Barnes, Creighton, M

All-BIG EAST Second Team
Rafael Diaz, St. John's, GK
Jose Ribas, Creighton, B
Keegan Rosenberry, Georgetown, B
Brendan Hines-Ike, Creighton, B
David Goldsmith, Butler, F
Timo Pitter, Creighton, F
Julian Gressel, Providence, F
Sean Sepe, St. John's, F
Matt Walker, Xavier, F
James Mulligan, St. John's, M
Max Garcia, Seton Hall, M

All-BIG EAST Honorable Mention
Bruno Castro, Creighton, MF
Louis Bennett II, Marquette, MF
Eric Pothast, Marquette, B
Brandon Adler, Providence, B
Phil Towler, Providence, MF

BIG EAST All-Rookie Team
David Goldsmith, Butler, F
Fabian Herbers, Creighton, M/F
Ricardo Perez, Creighton, M
Bakie Goodman, Georgetown, M
*Alex Muyl, Georgetown, F/M
Joshua Yaro, Georgetown, B
*Louis Bennett II, Marquette, M
Coco Navarro, Marquette, F
Julian Gressel, Providence, F
Samuel Geiler, Seton Hall, M
Jalen Brown, Xavier, M

*denotes unanimous selection
^due to a tie in voting, one member was added to the First Team