Nov. 8, 2012
WASHINGTON - Georgetown University freshman forward Brandon Allen (Old Bridge, N.J./St. Joseph's) was named the BIG EAST Rookie of the Year and six Hoyas earned a spot on the All-BIG EAST squad as the BIG EAST Conference announced its postseason honors on Thursday afternoon. The Hoyas also shared the Team Fair Play Award with Notre Dame.
Allen follows in the footsteps of Jeff Curtin (2002) and David Barron (1988) who where the previous two award winners from Georgetown. He is the first Hoya to win a major award since senior Ian Christianson (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Christian Life) was named BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year in 2010.
Receiving recognition on the BIG EAST Second Team and the All-Rookie Team, the forward led the Hoyas with 12 goals and two assists for 26 points as well as an impressive eight game winning goals. He currently ranks third in points, third in goals and is leading the BIG EAST in game winners with the players in second posting five apiece. 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.
Earning spots on the first team were Christianson and junior forward Steve Neumann (New Hope, Pa./Council Rock North).
It marks Christianson's third All-BIG EAST honor in his career and second nod to the first team. The senior has started all 19 games and posted two goals as well as two assists for the Blue & Gray for six points on the season.
Neumann is a three-year honoree and 2012 marks his second time on the first team. He is second on the team in scoring with six goals and ten assists for 22 points. Neumann's ten assists rank him first in the BIG EAST Conference and fifth in the nation in helpers. Already this 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.
Three players earned All-BIG EAST Second Team honors including Allen, senior defender Jimmy Nealis (Massapequa, N.Y./Massapequa) and sophomore goalkeeper Tomas Gomez (Webster Groves, Mo./Webster Groves).
Nealis ranked fifth on the team in scoring with three assists for as many points on the season after starting in all19 games. On the defensive end, he helped the Blue & Gray to its 16-2-1 record which included an impressive nine shutouts. This is Nealis' second BIG EAST honor after earning a spot on the third team a year ago. Already this season he was named BIG EAST Defender of the Week and to the TopDrawerSoccer.com Team of the Week.
Gomez had a tough year when an injury sidelined him halfway through. The goalkeeper battled back to appear in 13 games with 1202 minutes in the net. Gomez posted a GAA of 0.599 which ranks him seventh in the country as well as a save percentage of 0.852 making him ninth in the nation and second in the BIG EAST in both categories. He also managed six shutouts in the net. Earlier this season, Gomez was named the BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Week as well as earning a spot on the weekly honor roll. Last year he earned a spot on the BIG EAST's All-Rookie squad.
Rounding out the Georgetown honorees was senior defender Tommy Muller (Altamonte Springs, Fla./Trinity Prep). He played and started in 14 games after missing some for a nagging injury. Muller had one goal on the season for two points, and played a major role on the defensive end as the Blue & Gray had nine shutouts on the year. He earned a nod to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll as well as the TopDrawerSoccer.com Team of the Week. This is his first BIG EAST Postseason honor.
Georgetown and Notre Dame won the fourth Team Fair Play Award after totaling 110 points. Georgetown had 80 fouls and six yellow cards, while Notre Dame had 75 fouls and seven yellow cards. The award is given to the team or teams with the lowest total: foul (one point), yellow card (five points) and red card (10 points).
Six all-conference honorees ties the record for the most in one season from Georgetown, the previous mark was set in 1994.
The Hoyas will play in the semifinals of the BIG EAST Championship which will kick off at 5 p.m. ET. Fans can watch live on CBS Sports Network or listen to alum Dan Helfrich at www.GUHoyas.com.
The winner of Friday's game will face the winner of top-seeded Connecticut and third-seeded Notre Dame on Sunday at noon at PPL Park.
For ticket or championship information, fans can visit the BIG EAST's Championship Central.