Dec. 15, 2010
WASHINGTON - Sophomore midfielder Ian Christianson (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Christian Life) was named an All-American by College Soccer News as the Georgetown University men's soccer team picked up a number of postseason honors. Christianson also joined classmate Jimmy Nealis (Massapequa, N.Y./Massapequa) on the National Soccer Coaches Association of America's All-Region squad.
Christianson was named to College Soccer News' Second Team after an outstanding sophomore campaign. He was also a Second Team All-Northeast Region from the NSCAA.
The midfielder was the BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year after ranking second on the team in points scored with 17 tallied on five goals and seven assists. Christianson started in all 20 games for the Hoyas and had three game-winning goals to his credit including one in the NCAA Tournament win over UNC Greensboro. 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.
Nealis was a Third Team All-Northeast Region honoree after another solid year in back for the Hoyas. He started all 20 games for Georgetown with four assists to his credit. The Hoya defense had nine shutouts on the season, one shy of the program record. Nealis was an important part of both the offense and defense spending a majority of the time in back, but moving forward to get in the mix on offense resulting in assists.
Georgetown posted one of its most successful seasons in program history with a record of 12-6-2 and a mark of 7-2 in BIG EAST play. The Blue & Gray won the BIG EAST Blue Division Championship and earned the program's first NCAA Tournament berth since 1997. The Hoyas defeated UNC Greensboro, 3-0, in the opening round of the tournament marking just the second NCAA Tournament win in the program's history. GU tied North Carolina in the second round, but failed to advance in penalty kicks. The Tar Heels went on to College Cup.
Christianson is the first All-American since Jeff Curtin ('06) was named honorable mention in 2005. The last Hoya to earn all-region was Ricky Schramm (C'07, MBA'13) in 2006. Georgetown has not had two players earn all-region since 2004 when Schramm and Dan Gargan ('05) were both named third team.