Aug. 16, 2017
NEW YORK – The BIG EAST released its Men’s Soccer Preseason Coaches’ Poll on Wednesday, unanimously selecting Providence as the favorite to win the league in 2017.
DePaul came in at ninth, receiving 21 points in the opening poll.
Providence’s redshirt-senior forward Mac Steeves repeated as the Preseason Offensive Player of the Year while Xavier’s senior defender Cory Brown was named Preseason Defensive Player of the Year for the second season in-a-row. Georgetown junior JT Marcinkowski also took home the BIG EAST’s Preseason Goalkeeper of the Year for a consecutive season.
DePaul, enters the 2017 season as a youthful squad that returns six of its starters from the 2016 season. The Blue Demons went 9-7-3, posting a 4-5-0 mark in league play.
DPU kicked off the 2017 season, with the first of two exhibition matches, on Sunday, Aug. 13 where the Blue Demons ended regulation with a 1-1 tie against Western Michigan, falling in penalty kicks 4-2. Head coach Craig Blazer will lead his side into their final exhibition of the season on Saturday, Aug. 19 when DePaul hosts Western Illinois at Wish Field at 1 p.m.
Blazer and company will begin 2017 on the road against Northern Illinois (Aug. 25) and UIC (Aug. 27) before returning to Wish Field for their regular season home opener on Friday, Sept. 1. The Blue Demons will face La Salle (Sept. 1) and Valparaiso (Sept. 3) as a site host of Loyola’s North Shore Chicago Classic.
2017 Men’s Soccer Preseason Honors
Preseason Offensive Player of the Year
Mac Steeves, Providence, RS-Sr., F *
Preseason Defensive Player of the Year
Cory Brown, Xavier, Sr., D *
Preseason Goalkeeper of the Year
JT Marcinkowski, Georgetown, Jr. *
2017 Men’s Soccer Preseason All-BIG EAST #
Ricky Lopez-Espin, Creighton, Sr., F
Mac Steeves, Providence, RS-Sr., F
Harry Cooksley, St. John’s, So., F ^
Lewis Suddick, Butler, So., M
Jared Timmer, Butler, Jr., M
Christopher Lema, Georgetown, Sr., M
Luka Prpa, Marquette, So., M
Andreas Bartosinksi, Villanova, Sr., M
Lucas Stauffer, Creighton, Jr., D
Mark Jecewiz, Providence, RS-Jr., D
Cory Brown, Xavier, Sr., D ^
JT Marcinkowski, Georgetown, Jr., GK
2017 BIG EAST Men’s Soccer Preseason Coaches’ Poll
First place votes in ( )
1. Providence (9) - 81 pts.
2. Creighton (1)- 70
3. Butler - 68
4. Villanova - 52
5. Georgetown - 46
6. Xavier - 45
7. Marquette - 30
8. St. John’s - 27
9. DePaul - 21
10. Seton Hall - 10
^ - denotes unanimous selection
# there is an extra player on the preseason All-BIG EAST team due to a tie in voting
* - won Preseason Offensive Player of the Year in 2016