Neumann, Dillon and Gomez Earn BIG EAST Player of the Year Accolades
Nov. 14, 2013
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University men's soccer team had a good start to BIG EAST Championship Weekend winning four of the six player of the year honors at the league's annual banquet Thursday evening in Philadelphia, Pa. Additionally, the Hoyas had four student-athletes named First Team All-BIG EAST, one on the second team and three earning a spot on the conference's all-rookie squad. This is the first time in program history that Georgetown student-athletes have won multiple Player of the Year honors.
Senior forward Steve Neumann (New Hope, Pa./Council Rock North) was named the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year. He scored a league-leading seven goals in nine games and had 18 points for the top-seeded Hoyas. Overall, he finished with 10 goals and six assists for 26 points, also first in the conference. Neumann was the 2013 BIG EAST Preseason Offensive Player of the Year ending the regular season where he began. He was also named First Team All-BIG EAST.
This is Neumann's fourth-consecutive All-BIG EAST honor and third-consecutive nod to the first team, he was the lone unanimous selection. The Offensive Player of the Year award is Neumann's first and the third in program history following Ricky Schramm in 2004 and Eric Kvello in 1997.
Senior midfielder Joey Dillon (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester Adams) helped lead the Hoyas to a share of the BIG EAST regular-season crown and the No. 1 seed earning his BIG EAST Co-Midfielder of the Year honors along with a spot on the All-BIG EAST First Team. A two-way standout, he helped the Blue & Gray lead the conference in goals with 22 and rank first in fewest goals allowed with four. This is Dillon's first-career BIG EAST honor and first nod to an all-conference squad. Georgetown has had just one Midfielder of the Year prior, Ian Christianson in 2010.
Junior goalkeeper Tomas Gomez (Webster Groves, Mo./Webster Groves) was named the BIG EAST Co-Goalkeeper of the Year and First Team All-BIG EAST. He ranked first in the BIG EAST with a 0.46 goals against average and gave up only three goals in nine conference contests. His .867 save percentage was also tops in the league. Gomez has recorded a BIG EAST-leading 10 shutouts this season.
This is Gomez's second-career honor after earning a spot on the second team a season ago. No Hoya has ever been named BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Year although Phil Wellington was named the Defensive Player of the Year in 1994.
Rounding out the top awards was Head Coach Brian Wiese and his staff winning BIG EAST Coaching Staff of the Year. The Hoyas earned the No. 1 seed with a 6-2-1 record. In league competition, Georgetown scored the most goals (22) and gave up the fewest (4). The Hoya coaching staff also includes Zach Samol, Brian Gill and John O'Reilly. This is the second honor for Wiese in eight seasons on the Hilltop and the fourth in program history.
Joining the award winners on the first team was sophomore forward Brandon Allen (Old Bridge, N.J./St. Joseph's). Allen ranked fourth in the league in points with 11 in nine games on five goals and one assist. His 1.22 ppg and five goals ranked him fourth in the BIG EAST in both categories. Overall he has 25 points in 11 goals and three assists. This is Allen's first-career nod to the first team earning a spot on the second team last year as the league's Rookie of the Year.
Sophomore defender Keegan Rosenberry (Ronks, Pa./Lancaster Mennonite) was named to the BIG EAST Second Team. He was a part of six shutouts in conference play allowing just four goals in nine games. Rosenberry also tallied an assist in the 8-0 win over Seton Hall. He had three total assists on the season and was a part of GU's record 12 shutouts. This is Rosenberry's first-career BIG EAST honor.
Three Hoyas were named to the BIG EAST's All-Rookie Team after outstanding freshman campaigns.
Midfielder Bakie Goodman (Sarasota, Fla./Pine View School for the Gifted) was fifth on the team in scoring with a goal and two assists in conference play. His goal at Providence sealed the 1-0 victory for the Blue & Gray. Overall he had three goals and three assists for nine points to sit at fourth on the squad.
Midfielder Alex Muyl (New York, N.Y./Bard) tied for sixth in the league in points with nine in as many contests. His five assists in nine games led the league for an average of 0.56 apg. He has three goals and a team-best nine assists ranking him second in the league in helpers. Muyl was one of just two unanimous selections.
Defender Joshua Yaro (Santa Barbara, Calif./Cate School) earned the nod despite missing four games due to a broken arm. He played a significant role in the three conference shutouts he appeared in and proved to be one of the top defenders in the country all season.
It marks the first time in program history that the Hoyas have had more than one player named to the All-Rookie Team.
Georgetown and Marquette, the top two seeds in The BIG EAST Championship, received the most recognition. All the selections were made by a vote of the league's head coaches and announced at the team banquet.
No. 7 Georgetown (13-4-1, 6-2-1 BIG EAST) will face the fourth-seeded Providence College Friars in the semifinals of the BIG EAST Championship at PPL Park on Friday at 6 p.m. Live stats and a webcast featuring Dan Helfrich and Tom Greaser will be available at www.BIGEAST.com.