Nov. 7, 2013
MILWAUKEE, Wis. - Rachel Daly, who was the top goal scorer in the BIG EAST in her first year of college competition, has been named BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year and BIG EAST Newcomer of the Year for women's soccer by a vote of the league's head coaches. Daly was a unanimous pick for both awards.
Georgetown's Emily Menges and Daphne Corboz were named BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year and Midfielder of the Year, respectively. DePaul's Alex Godinez was named BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Year. Marquette coaches were chosen as BIG EAST Coaching Staff of the Year. The announcements were made at the team banquet prior to the start of The BIG EAST Championship.
The BIG EAST Championship will be played Friday, Nov. 8 and Sunday, Nov. 10, at Valley Fields on the campus of Marquette University. The semifinals begin with No. 2 seed Georgetown facing No. 3 seed DePaul at 5 p.m. CT. .Marquette, the No. 1 seed, will play No. 4 seed St. John's at 7:30 p.m. The championship game will begin at 1 p.m. CT and will be televised by FOX Sports 1.
The All-BIG EAST First, Second and Third Teams also were announced.
Daly, a native of Harrogate, England, set school season records with 22 goals and 47 points. She led the BIG EAST in scoring and was 16 points ahead of the conference's second highest scorer in the regular season. She led the BIG EAST with seven game-winning goals and with a 2.53 points per game average. Daly is the first St. John's women's soccer player to earn a BIG EAST individual award since 2002. She is the second player in BIG EAST history to win two individual awards in the same year. Kelly Smith of Seton Hall won the same awards in 1997.
Menges helped the Hoyas to a 7-1-1 league record and a No. 2 seed at The BIG EAST Championship. In all games, Menges and her team gave up only 13 goals in 18 games. The senior defender earned All-BIG EAST First Team honors for a second straight year.
Corboz led the Hoyas in scoring with seven goals and a league-leading 13 assists for 27 points. A junior, her point total ranked second in the BIG EAST. Last year, she was named BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year when she also compiled 27 points in the regular season.
Godinez led the BIG EAST with a 0.68 goals against average and tied the league lead with seven shutouts. A sophomore, her .892 save percentage also was first in the conference. The Blue Demons allowed a league-low 12 goals for the regular season.
Led by head coach Markus Roeders, Marquette posted a 9-0-0 BIG EAST mark and earned the No. 1 seed in The BIG EAST Championship. In league play, the Golden Eagles scored 23 goals and allowed only three. They finished the regular season on an 11-game winning streak. Overall, the Golden Eagles enter the championship with a 16-3-0 record.
Menges, Corboz, Daly and Marquette senior forward Maegan Kelly were unanimous selections to the All-BIG EAST First Team.
2013 BIG EAST Women's Soccer Awards
BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year Rachel Daly, St. John's
BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year Emily Menges, Georgetown
BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year Daphne Corboz, Georgetown
BIG EAST Newcomer of the Year Rachel Daly, St. John's
BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Year Alex Godinez, DePaul
BIG EAST Coaching Staff of the Year Marquette University
All-BIG EAST First Team^
Alex Godinez, DePaul, GK
*Emily Menges, Georgetown, B
Emily Jacobson, Marquette, B
*Daphne Corboz, Georgetown, MF
Taylor Madigan, Marquette, MF
*Rachel Daly, St. John's, F
*Maegan Kelly, Marquette, F
Sophie Maccagnone, Butler, MF
Kylie Nordness, DePaul, B
Kailey Blain, Georgetown, MF
Georgia Kearney-Perry, St. John's, B
Ashley Clarke, Seton Hall, MF
All-BIG EAST Second Team
Amanda Engel, Marquette, GK
Serina Kashimoto, Butler, B
Alexa St. Martin, Georgetown, B
Mary Luba, Marquette, MF
Rebekah Roller, DePaul, MF
Kaitlin Brenn, Georgetown, F
Catherine Zimmerman, Providence, F
Elise Kotsakis, Butler, F
Elise Wyatt, DePaul, F
Mady Vicker, Marquette, F
Amy Marron, St. John's, F
All-BIG EAST Third Team^
Alyssa Jara, Creighton, MF
Paige Jarsombeck, Creighton, F
Rachel Pitman, DePaul, B
Emma Newins, Georgetown, GK
Cara Jacobson, Marquette, MF
Katie Hishmeh, Marquette, B
Diana Poulin, St. John's, GK
Catherine Chukuka, Seton Hall, D
Jennifer Pettigrew, Seton Hall, GK
Katie Ritter, Seton Hall, F
Taylor Houck, Villanova, B
Katie Martin, Villanova, F
Hayley Wilson, Villanova, MF
Mariah Whitaker, Xavier, MF
^Ties in the voting created additional positions. *denotes unanimous selection