Christianson Named BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year
Nov. 11, 2010
WASHINGTON - Sophomore midfielder Ian Christianson (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Christian Life) was named the Men's Soccer BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year Thursday evening at the conference's annual banquet held on the eve of the tournament semifinals in Short Hills, N.J. Christianson earned a spot on the league's first team as freshmen midfielders Steve Neumann (New Hope, Pa./Council Rock North) and Joey Dillon (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester Adams) were also recognized.
The Georgetown coaching staff was named the BIG EAST Co-Coaching Staff of the Year after the Hoyas had one of the most successful seasons in program history.
Christianson was second on the team in points scored with 15 tallied on four goals and seven assists. He ranked seventh in the league in scoring. The sophomore started 17 games for the Hoyas appearing in 18 this season and had two game-winning goals to his credit. He went 2-for-2 on penalty kicks with his PK in the win over West Virginia sealing the 1-0 victory. Christianson was also named All-BIG EAST First Team.
He is the first Hoya to ever win the award, last year Christianson was named to the BIG EAST's All-Rookie Team. Georgetown has not had a player named to the first team since Ricky Schramm in 2004 during his sophomore season. Christianson is one of only two sophomores on the first team.
Neumann was a Second Team All-BIG EAST honoree with an impressive rookie campaign. The midfielder led the squad in scoring with ten goals and eight assists for 28 points. His ten goals were off of just 13 shots on goal and his eight assists tied for the most on the squad. Neumann came off of the bench in all 18 contests and had four game winners to his credit. He currently leads the league in points and is second in goals. Neumann was named the BIG EAST Rookie of the Week twice this season.
The Hoyas have not had player named to the second team since Schramm in 2006. Neumann was also an All-Rookie Team selection. He is one of just two freshmen on the second team.
Joining Neumann on the All-Rookie squad was classmate Dillon who appeared in all 18 contests with 14 starts to his credit. Dillon had one goal and three assists tallying five points for the season. His lone goal was the game winner in the 2-0 victory over Adelphi. This is the first time in program history that two players have been named to the All-Rookie Team.
The Georgetown coaching staff made up of Head Coach Brian Wiese as well as assistants Zach Samol, Brian Gill and Andrew Quinn were named the co-BIG EAST Coaching Staff of the Year, sharing the award with the staff from the University of Louisville. The Hoyas won the BIG EAST Blue Division Championship with an overall record of 11-6-1 and a mark of 7-2-0 in league play, The Blue & Gray had the second-longest win streak in program history with nine-consecutive victories including two over nationally-ranked opponents.
This is just the third time the GU staff has won the coaching honor and the first under Wiese. The last award was in 1997 when the Hoyas went to NCAA Tournament.
Georgetown is currently waiting for the NCAA selections to be announced on Monday. The Hoyas are No. 15 in the Ratings Percentage Index and are looking for an at-large bid into the tournament. The selection show will air on ESPNU at 4:30 p.m.