May 13, 2014
WASHINGTON - Junior Greg Podufal (Erie, Pa./Cathedral Prep) and senior Ed McCrossen (Philadelphia, Pa./Chestnut Hill Academy) earned All-BIG EAST Men’s Golf honors on Tuesday morning when the conference announced its post-season awards. Podufal finished second overall at the BIG EAST Championships in April at the Callawassie Island Golf Club.
Podufal, a junior captain, finished the Hoyas’ season in strong fashion, earning a second place finish at the Oak Hill Intercollegiate, before an impressive comeback performance at BIG EAST Championships. McCrossen, a senior captain, finished tied for fourth at the BIG EAST Championships to help GU finish fourth overall.
"Greg is an outstanding player who continues to improve,” Head Coach Tommy Hunter said. “His back-to-back second place finishes at Oak Hill and BIG EAST were just incredible performances. No doubt it hurt a bit not to take home medalist honors but Greg never complained or made excuses - he is very confident his time will come."
After shooting a 10-over par 82 on the first day, Podufal responded with a five-under par 67, tied for the best round of the tournament and one of the top-10 rounds ever carded at the BIG EAST Championships. Podufal shot a two-under par 70 on the final day to place second overall, behind St. John’s Ryan McCormick, the BIG EAST Player of the Year. The All-BIG EAST honor comes after Podufal was named the Hoyas’ Nick Cook Most Valuable Player for the 2013-14 season.
McCrossen was the Hoyas most consistent performer at the BIG EAST Championships, shooting 74-74-73 over three rounds. The senior was also awarded last week with the Hoya Award for outstanding leadership and commitment.
"Being named to the All-Conference Team is the perfect period for Eddie's career at Georgetown," Hunter said. "He played every round with all his heart and only wanted the best for his team. His final round 73 helped us climb the leaderboard and finish in the 4th spot in the Big East Championship."
Podufal and McCrossen join 10 other student-athletes on the All-BIG EAST Team:
Player of the Year – Ryan McCormick, St. John’s, Sr. ^
Freshman of the Year – Lloyd Jefferson Go, Seton Hall, Fr. ^
Coach of the Year – Frank Darby, St. John’s ^
Moritz Ackerhans, DePaul, Sr.
Jonathan Hewitt, DePaul, Fr.
Greg Podufal, Georgetown, Jr.
Ed McCrossen, Sr.
Brandon Cloete, Marquette, Jr.
C.J. Swift, Marquette, R-So.
Patrick Sanchez, So.
Ryan McCormick, St. John’s, Sr. ^
Dylan Crowley, St. John’s, Jr. ^