Aug 21, 2013

NEW YORK - Marquette, the 2012 BIG EAST Championship titlist, has been picked to the win the 2013 BIG EAST women's soccer regular-season crown by a vote of the league's head coaches.

Georgetown swept the individual preseason honors with Daphne Corboz being named BIG EAST Preseason Offensive Player of the Year, Emily Menges being named Preseason Defensive Player of the Year and Emma Newins being named Preseason Goalkeeper of the Year. The Preseason All-BIG EAST Team also was announced. Coaches were not permitted to vote for their own players.

Marquette, which returns six starters for head coach Markus Roeders, compiled an 18-2-3 record last fall and advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16. The BIG EAST was comprised of two divisions in 2012 and the Golden Eagles finished first in their division with a 9-0-1 mark. Marquette received seven of the 10 first-place votes from the coaches in this year's poll and finished with 79 points in the voting.

Georgetown was tabbed for second place with 75 points while garnering the other three first-place votes. The Hoyas, who lost 1-0 to Marquette in last year's championship game, finished 16-4-3 overall and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Championship. This year, Georgetown will build around the trio of Corboz, Menges and Newins. Corboz, a junior, was the 2012 BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year after scoring 12 goals in conference play. Menges, a senior defender, was a first-team All-BIG EAST selection. Newins set a school record by posting 13 shutouts in goal as a freshman.

Villanova was picked for third place with 63 points. The Wildcats welcome back 10 starters, including back Taylor Houck, from a team that finished 7-9-3. DePaul was slotted for fourth place. Senior Kylie Nordness anchors the Blue Demon defense. Providence was in fifth place. The Friar returnees include forward Catherine Zimmerman. St. John's, chosen for sixth, is led by forward Amy Marron. The coaches tabbed Butler for seventh. Midfielder Sophie Maccagnone leads the Bulldogs. Seton Hall was picked eighth followed by Creighton and Xavier.

The Preseason All-BIG EAST Team includes the Georgetown trio of standouts. Corboz and Menges were unanimous selections. The other unanimous picks were forward Maegan Kelly and defender Emily Jacobsen of Marquette along with Houck of Villanova.

In 2013, the BIG EAST will consist of 10 teams and play a nine-game league schedule in one division. The BIG EAST has added three new members, Butler University, Creighton University and Xavier University. The BIG EAST Women's Soccer Championship will begin with the opening round on campuses on Nov. 5. Six teams will qualify for the championship. The No. 3 seed will play the No. 6 seed and the No. 4 seed will play the No. 5 seed in the opening round. The top two seeds will receive byes to the semifinals. The semifinal round and championship game will be played Nov. 8 and 10 at Marquette's Valley Fields in Milwaukee, Wis.

2013 BIG EAST Women's Soccer Preseason Coaches' Poll

1.Marquette (7)79
2.Georgetown (3)75
6.St. John's44
8.Seton Hall30

2013 BIG EAST Women's Soccer Preseason All-BIG EAST Team

Preseason Offensive Player of the Year - Daphne Corboz, Georgetown
Preseason Defensive Player of the Year - Emily Menges, Georgetown
Preseason Goalkeeper of the Year - Emma Newins, Georgetown

*Daphne Corboz, Jr., Georgetown
Kaitlin Brenn, Sr., Georgetown
*Maegan Kelly, Sr., Marquette
Amy Marron, Sr., St. John's
Catherine Zimmerman, So., Providence

Sophie Maccagnone, So., Butler
Colleen Dinn, Sr., Georgetown
Taylor Madigan, Sr., Marquette
Emily Damstram, So., Villanova

*Emily Menges, Sr., Georgetown
Kylie Nordness, Sr., DePaul
*Emily Jacobson, Sr., Marquette
*Taylor Houck, Sr., Villanova

Emma Newins, So., Georgetown

*denotes unanimous selection
Note: Because of a tie in the voting, a position at forward was added.