Nov. 10, 2011
WASHINGTON - Sophomore men's soccer forward Steve Neumann (New Hope, Pa./Council Rock North) earned his second-consecutive All-BIG EAST honor being named First Team All-BIG EAST at the league's annual banquet. Additionally, junior midfielder Ian Christianson (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Christian Life) was named Second Team All-BIG EAST, classmate Jimmy Nealis (Massapequa, N.Y./Massapequa) earned Third Team All-BIG EAST and freshman goalkeeper Tomas Gomez (Webster Groves, Mo..Webster Groves) was named to the All-Rookie Team.
Neumann led the Hoyas in scoring for the second-consecutive season with 29 points on 11 goals and seven assists. The sophomore started in all 19 games this season. He earned three nods to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll and was a member of the College Soccer News Team of the Week. Neumann has scored six game winners this season including big goals over Stanford and Marquette.
Neumann ranks 14th on the all-time points list with 57 and 13th with 21 goals. He also ranks No. 11 in single-season points and goals in a season. In the conference, Neumann is second in points and goals as well as tied for first in assists. He also leads the conference in game winners.
Christianson is second on the squad in scoring with six goals and one assist for 13 points after starting in all 19 games this year. He has three game winners on the season and went 3-3 on penalty kicks. His goal in double overtime was one of his game winners to defeat the Michigan State University Spartans. Christianson earned a spot on the weekly honor roll and was named to the TopDrawerSoccer.com Team of the Week.
Christianson was a First Team All-BIG EAST Honoree last season and the BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year. He also earned All-Region and All-America honors.
Nealis was part of a defense that recorded seven shutouts and allowed just 19 goals in 19 games. He also had three assists to his credit coming forward on offense. The defender started in all 18 games he appeared in. Nealis was an All-Region honoree a season ago.
Gomez started and played in 17 games and managed 60 saves along with seven shutouts for a record of 9-5-3. He spent 1,623 minutes in the net with a goals against averaged of 0.89. He earned one BIG EAST Rookie of the Week honor this season and was named to the BIG EAST Honor Roll on three occasions.
Georgetown is 10-5-4 on the season and has spent time in the national rankings. The squad earned a berth in the BIG EAST Tournament and is looking for an NCAA Tournament bid. The field will be announced on Monday afternoon.