Women's Soccer Postseason Awards Announced

SOMERSET, N.J. - Five different schools were represented when the BIG EAST Conference presented its women's soccer postseason honors and named its all-conference selections on Thursday evening at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. Marquette junior Natalie Kulla was named the BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Year, while junior teammate Kerry McBride was named the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year. Marquette head coach Markus Roeders earned BIG EAST Coach of the Year honors for the second straight season. Notre Dame junior Melissa Henderson earned BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year honors, while Georgetown redshirt-junior Ingrid Wells was selected as the BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year. In addition, Louisville freshman Christine Exeter was tabbed the BIG EAST Rookie of the Year. Georgetown earned the second annual team Fair Play Award. This year's BIG EAST Championship will be held Nov. 5 and 7 at Yurcak Field on the campus of Rutgers University. All three games will be televised live nationally on the CBS College Sports Network. In addition, the title game also will be broadcast live on numerous regional sports networks including SportsNet New York. Kulla followed her Preseason Goalkeeper of the Year selection with the BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Year honor. Holding a 0.72 goals-against average, Kulla helped lead Marquette to its first unbeaten and untied mark in league play (11-0-0). The junior also totaled five shutouts in conference action and anchored a team that ranked third in the league in goals-against average at 0.73. In all games, Kulla totaled nine shutouts and held a 0.67 goals-against average. She is the first Marquette player to earn BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Year honors. McBride was named BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year, becoming the first Marquette player to earn the award. The junior helped lead one of the league's top defenses, allowing just eight goals in 11 conference games, along with a 0.72 goals-against average. Outside of conference action, Marquette ranked second in the BIG EAST with a 0.67 goals-against average and nine shutouts. McBride helped limit Marquette opponents to just 3.6 shots on goal per game, including just 3.5 shots on goal in conference play. McBride was named the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week on Oct. 25. Roeders earned his second consecutive BIG EAST Coach of the Year honor and third award overall. He also won the award in 2005 and 2009. Roeders helped direct Marquette to an 11-0-0 mark in league play this season, totaling a league-leading 33 points to win the BIG EAST American Division. It is the first unbeaten and untied league record in program history. In conference play, the Golden Eagles ranked second in scoring, averaging 2.4 goals per game. They held opponents to a 0.72 goals-against mark, ranking third. Marquette also had five shutouts in 11 league games. Roeders is in his 15th season on the Golden Eagles' sideline. Henderson earned BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year honors after totaling a league-leading 24 points and 10 goals, in conference action. The league's Preseason Offensive Player of the Year, Henderson was named to the M.A.C. Hermann Trophy Watch List as one of the top players in the nation. Henderson anchored the top scoring offense in the BIG EAST, averaging 2.64 goals in conference play and 2.11 goals overall. Individually, the junior is one of the top scoring threats in the country. She led the BIG EAST in averaging almost a goal per game (a league-best 14 scores). She was the BIG EAST Rookie of the Year in 2008. Wells earns BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year honors after accumulating 11 points, including five assists and three goals, during conference play. A unanimous Preseason All-BIG EAST selection, Wells also was named to the M.A.C. Hermann Trophy Watch List as one of the top players in the nation. Wells helped boost the Hoyas' offense, which ranked among the league leaders at 1.64 goals per game. In all games, the redshirt junior leads the team with 26 points, including 10 assists. Wells scored three game-winning goals this season and is arguably one of the most dynamic players in the league. She is the first Georgetown player to earn BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year accolades. Exeter is the first Louisville player to earn one of the league's major awards after being tabbed BIG EAST Rookie of the Year. The freshman totaled eight points in league play, including three goals. She led the team with 16 points in all games, including seven goals. Georgetown, under the direction of seventh-year head coach Dave Nolan, earns the second annual team Fair Play Award after totaling 85 fouls and zero yellow or red cards during conference play. The Fair Play Award is given to the team that accumulates the lowest amount of points using the following scoring system: foul (one point), yellow Card (five points) and red Card (10 points).