BIG EAST Women's Soccer Coaches Pick DePaul to Finish Fourth
Aug. 7, 2013
NEW YORK - Voting by BIG EAST Conference women's soccer coaches has DePaul picked to finish fourth in the inaugural season of the revamped 10-team league according to a BIG EAST announcement on Wednesday.
Marquette, the 2012 BIG EAST Championship titlist, has been picked to the win the 2013 BIG EAST regular-season crown.
The Preseason All-BIG EAST Team also was announced. Coaches were not permitted to vote for their own players.
Georgetown, tabbed for second place, 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.
Marquette has six returning starters for coach Markus Roeders and compiled an 18-2-3 record last fall while advancing to the NCAA Championship Sweet 16.
The BIG EAST was comprised of two divisions in 2012, and the Golden Eagles won 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.
Georgetown tabulated 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 tournament.
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 defender Taylor Houck, from a team that finished 7-9-3.
DePaul was 9-10-2 last season and defeated Villanova 3-0 on the road in the first round of the BIG EAST Championship. The Blue Demons advanced to the league quarterfinals where they lost 1-0 at Georgetown.
Coach Erin Chastain's team returns nine starters and will be led by Preseason All-BIG EAST selection Kylie Nordness, a senior defender who was All-BIG EAST Third Team in 2012.
Providence, led by top returnee Catherine Zimmerman, was in fifth place. St. John's, chosen for sixth, is led by forward Amy Marron. The coaches tabbed Butler and star midfielder Sophie Maccagnone for seventh. Seton Hall was picked eighth followed by Creighton and Xavier.
The Preseason All-BIG EAST Team features the Georgetown trio of standouts with Corboz and Menges 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 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 postseason with the No. 3 seed playing then No. 6 seed and No. 4 playing No. 5 in the opening round. The top two seeds 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