WASHINGTON - Freshman forward Derek Dodson (Aurora, Ill./Waubonsie Valley) was named the BIG EAST Freshman of the Year on Friday as eight Hoyas earned BIG EAST season honors the league announced Friday. Five Hoyas were named All-BIG EAST and three earned a spot on the BIG EAST All-Freshman Team.
Dodson helped the Hoyas on offense when Georgetown’s then-leading scorer Achara went down with an injury on Oct. 6. Dodson ranked second in goals (six), goals per game (0.67) and third in the league in points (13) and points per game (1.44) in nine BIG EAST matches. He was also a unanimous pick for the All-BIG EAST Freshman Team and a Second Team All-BIG EAST honoree. Dodson scored two game-winning goals in league play, including a big two-goal effort in a come-from-behind victory over Creighton on the final day of the season to score the Hoyas the No. 2 seed in the upcoming tournament.
Overall, Dodson started in seven games for Georgetown and led the Hoyas in points (18) and goals (eight), ranking in the BIG EAST top 10 in both categories. Dodson won the weekly freshman honor three times this season, ending the year with Offensive Player of the Week accolades on Thursday.
Senior captain Christopher Lema (Ridgefield, N.J./Ridgefield Memorial) was named to the first team for the second-consecutive year. Lema is ranked third on the team in scoring with four goals and three assists for 11 points on the season. He also has two game winners on the year. Lema was named the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week on Oct. 23.
Joining Lema on the first team is junior captain Brendan McDonough (Matthews, N.C./Charlotte Catholic). The defender appeared in 15 games with 14 starts to his credit helping the Hoya defense to eight shutouts on the year. This is his first-career BIG EAST postseason honor.
Three Hoyas earned spots on the second team led by Dodson and two-time All-BIG EAST honoree JT Marcinkowski (Alamo, Calif./De La Salle). The goalkeeper has played all 1,578 minutes in goal this season with 54 saves and a 0.63 goals-against average to rank second in the BIG EAST as well as tallying a league-best eight shutouts. Marcinkowski earned BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Week honors three times this season and also received three nods to the weekly honor roll.
This is his second all-conference honor earning a spot on the first team and Freshman of the Year honors in 2015.
Rounding out the second team was senior forward Declan McCabe (Weston, Mass./The Rivers School) who had a breakout season in his final year on the Hilltop. McCabe is Georgetown’s third-leading scorer with two goals and a squad-best seven assists to rank third overall in the BIG EAST in both assists and assists per game (0.44). McCabe also has two game winners to his credit. He was named the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week on Oct. 8.
This is his first postseason award from the BIG EAST Conference.
Dodson was joined on the all-freshman team with classmates Jacob Montes (Lake Worth, Fla./Beaverton [Ore.]) and Sean O’Hearn (Mountville, Pa./Hempfield).
Montes started all 17 games for the Blue & Gray scoring one goal and managing five assists for seven points. His lone goal was the game winner in a 1-0 overtime victory at then-No. 3 Maryland. Montes was named the BIG EAST Freshman of the Week on Oct. 23 and earned a nod to the weekly honor roll on Oct. 1.
O’Hearn started 16 games for the Hoyas on the backline that tallied eight shutouts this season. He also managed five shots.
As the No. 2 seed, Georgetown will have a first-round bye and host a semifinal game playing the winner of third-seeded St. John’s and sixth-seeded Creighton on Wednesday, Nov. 8 at Shaw Field. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. and the game will be broadcast live on the BIG EAST Digital Network (BEDN). Live stats will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.
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