Aug. 7, 2013
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's soccer team swept the BIG EAST preseason awards, with Hoyas selected, respectively, as the Offensive, Defensive and Goalkeeper of the Year, and the team was picked to finish second in a vote of the league's head coaches.
The Blue & Gray swept the individual preseason awards, with junior forward Daphne Corboz (Green Brook, N.J./Watchung Hills) tabbed the Preseason Offensive Player of the Year, senior Emily Menges (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) selected as the Preseason Defensive Player of the Year and sophomore goalkeeper Emma Newins (Glen Allen, Va./Deep Run) named the Preseason Goalkeeper of the Year.
Georgetown received three first place votes and had 75 points overall, just behind Marquette, who received seven first place votes and 79 points. Villanova was picked third (63 points), with DePaul in fourth (51) and Providence in fifth (46).
The trio of Georgetown players selected to earn the league's preseason awards were among a group of five players recognized on the Preseason All-BIG EAST Team. Senior forward Kaitlin Brenn (Branchburg, N.J./Somerville) was selected to the All-BIG EAST Team at forward, along with Corboz, who was a unanimous selection. Senior midfielder Colleen Dinn (Kensington, Md./Holy Cross) was selected at midfield, while Menges was a unanimous selection on the back line and Newins was tabbed in goal.
Selected a First Team All-American by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) at the end of the season, Corboz was also one of 15 semifinalists for the Missouri Athletic Club's (MAC) Hermann Trophy, the highest individual award in intercollegiate soccer.
A 5-2 forward, Corboz was named the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year after a record-setting season for the Hoyas. Overall, Corboz set a Georgetown single-season record with 44 points scored. She scored a school single-season record 18 goals while adding eight assists. Corboz ranked 11th in the country in points per game (1.91), 10th in goals per game and was tied for seventh in goals scored overall (18). In 10 BIG EAST Conference games last season, she tallied a league-high 27 points and 12 goals. Corboz, who scored at least one point in six league games, set a BIG EAST record with 11 points in an 8-0 win at Pittsburgh on Sept. 30, scoring five goals.
A three-year starter on defense, Menges helped to spearhead a Georgetown defensive unit that ranked among the stingiest in the BIG EAST and in the country. The Hoyas allowed only two goals in 10 conference games last season and ranked ninth in the country in goals-against average (0.70). Menges was an All-BIG EAST First Team selection in 2012.
Brenn was part of a potent one-two punch for the Georgetown offense, ranking second on the team in scoring and third in the BIG EAST. She scored 30 points last season, finishing second on the team with 10 goals and leading the team with 10 assists, to earn second team all-league honors.
Dinn, a starter in all 23 games, finished third on the team in scoring with 18 points. She was third on the team with eight goals and added two assists.
Newins, who was an All-Rookie selection last season and selected to the all-league second team, posted a 0.70 goals-against average last season and set a school record with 13 shutouts.
Georgetown opens the 2013 season with a pair of exhibition games, both at home. The first match is against Richmond on Wednesday, Aug. 14 (5 p.m.), followed by a meeting with former league rival West Virginia (Saturday, Aug. 17, 4 p.m.). The regular season begins on Friday, Aug. 23 at home against William & Mary. Kickoff is slated for 4 p.m.
The Hoyas enjoyed one of the most successful seasons in program history in 2012, setting a school record with 16 wins. The Blue & Gray finished with a 16-4-3 overall record and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Along the way, the team posted an 8-1-1 record in the BIG EAST Conference and won the BIG EAST National Division title.