Georgetown Selected First in BIG EAST Preseason Poll
Aug 13, 2013
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University men's soccer team is making waves in the preseason with accolades on the conference and national level. On Tuesday, the Hoyas were selected first in the BIG EAST Conference Preseason Coaches Poll as we all No. 3 in the nation in the NSCAA/Continental Tire Preseason Rankings. Additionally, senior Steve Neumann (New Hope, Pa./Council Rock North) was named the BIG EAST Preseason Offensive Player of the Year and sophomore Brandon Allen (Old Bridge, N.J./St. Joseph) was named to the Preseason All-BIG EAST Squad.
Georgetown edged Creighton in the preseason poll with 79 points and seven first-place votes, while the Bluejays had 75 points and three first-place votes. Creighton played in the 2012 College Cup falling to Indiana in the semifinal. Marquette and St. John's rounded out the top four, while Xavier took the fifth spot.
The national preseason polls also came out on Tuesday and the Hoyas were ranked No. 3 in the NSCAA poll marking the highest preseason ranking in program history. Already this season, Georgetown was ranked No. 2 in CollegeSoccerNews.com's Preseason Poll.
Neumann was a unanimous selection to the preseason team.
The forward was last year's team MVP and one of the four captains. He was named a Second Team All-American by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America as well as receiving a nod to the College Soccer News' First Team and TopDrawerSoccer.com's Team of the Year. Neumann was also an NSCAA First Team All-Northeast Region honoree. He was named All-BIG EAST First Team for the second-consecutive year.
Neumann was second on the team in scoring with 10 goals and 13 assists for 33 points. Neumann's 13 assists ranked him first in the BIG EAST Conference and second in the nation in helpers. This past season, the forward was the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week, TopDrawerSoccer.com Forward of the Week and earned a spot on the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll. He was also a MAC Hermann Trophy semifinalist.
Already this season, Neumann has been named one of the three team captains for the Blue & Gray and CollegeSoccerNews.com Preseason All-American. On Tuesday, he was ranked the third best college player in the nation by TopDrawerSoccer.com.
Allen was also a unanimous selection for the Blue & Gray.
Last year, Allen was named the TopDrawerSoccer.com Freshman of the Year, SoccerAmerica Freshman of the Year and earned a spot on the all-rookie team. Additionally, he was an NSCAA Second Team All-Northeast Region honoree.
He received recognition on the BIG EAST Second Team and the All-Rookie Team, after the forward led the Hoyas with 16 goals and two assists for 34 points as well as an impressive 10 game-winning goals to lead the country and rank sixth in the nation in goals. Allen was named BIG EAST Rookie of the Week on three occasions and was also named CollegeSoccerNews.com Player of the Week after an outstanding performance.
Allen has spent time with the U-18 Men's National Team and was on the U.S. CONCACAF U-20 Championship roster.
Already he was named CollegeSoccerNews.com Preseason All-American and was ranked the 11th-best player currently in college soccer by TopDrawerSoccer.com.
Senior captain Joey Dillon (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester Adams) and sophomore defender Keegan Rosenberry (Ronks, Pa./Lancaster Mennonite) also received recognition on TopDrawerSoccer.com's Top 100 Players listing. Dillon was ranked 63rd, while Rosenberry was selected No. 72.
Last season, Georgetown made history with its first-ever trip to the College Cup and a national championship game appearance. GU finished the season with a record of 19-4-3 and a mark of 6-2-0 in the BIG EAST Conference. The squad was the third overall seed in the NCAA Tournament and the 19 wins were the most in program history. The Hoyas were the BIG EAST Blue Division Champions, the BIG EAST Championship runners-up and advanced to the national championship game in PKs in a thrilling game against the University of Maryland.
The Hoyas opened camp on Monday. The squad will have its first exhibition game on August 18 at Old Dominion University.