Nov. 1, 2012
WASHINGTON - Georgetown University sophomore women's soccer player Daphne Corboz (Green Brook, N.J./Watchung Hills) was named the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year and Head Coach Dave Nolan was recognized as the BIG EAST Coach of the Year at a banquet recognizing the teams participating in the league semifinals this weekend in Connecticut.
The Hoyas open play in the BIG EAST Tournament Semifinals on Friday, Nov. 2, playing South Florida at 2 p.m. at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn. Georgetown, the No. 1 seed in the National Division, enters the weekend with a 15-2-2 overall record, while the Bulls, the No. 2 seed in the American Division, are 10-5-3 overall.
Corboz was one of five players from Georgetown's BIG EAST National Division Championship team to be named to the All-BIG EAST teams. This is the second time that Nolan has been named BIG EAST Coach of the Year and Georgetown was also the recipient of the team Fair Play Award.
Corboz was named BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year after a record-setting season for the Hoyas. In 10 BIG EAST games, 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. Overall this season, Corboz set a Georgetown single-season record with 39 points, scoring a school record 16 goals while adding seven assists. Corboz is eighth in the country in points per game (2.11), tied for seventh in goals per game and is tied for fourth in goals scored (16). She is the first Georgetown player to be named Offensive Player of the Year since Sara Jordan in 2009.
Junior Emily Menges (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) joined Corboz on the All-BIG EAST First Team. A starter on defense, Menges has helped to spearhead a Georgetown defensive unit that has ranked among the stingiest in the BIG EAST and in the country. The Hoyas allowed only two goals in 10 conference games this season and rank ninth in the country in goals-against average (0.56).
Junior forward Kaitlin Brenn (Branchburg, N.J./Somerville) was one of two Georgetown players named to the All-BIG EAST Second Team, joined by redshirt freshman Emma Newins (Glen Allen, Va./Deep Run).
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 has scored 26 points this season and is second on the team with nine goals and leads the team with eight assists.
The honor for Newins was the second of the evening as she was one of two Hoyas named to the All-BIG EAST Rookie team, joined by freshman midfielder Marina Paul (Alisa Viejo, Calif./Laguna Beach).Newins, who was named BIG EAST Rookie of the Week once during the season and to the Weekly Honor Roll once, has a 0.54 goals-against average this season and has set a school record with 13 shutouts. Paul, a starter in the midfield in all 19 games, has scored one goal and has four assists for six points.
Nolan was named BIG EAST Coach of the Year after leading Georgetown to its first regular season championship, as they were crowned National Division champs. The Hoyas, who were picked to finish in third place in the division in the preseason, spent the majority of the season ranked among the top-25 teams in the country, moving as high as No. 11 on Oct. 2, the highest mark in program history. Nolan led Georgetown to its first perfect home record, as the team went 9-0-0 at North Kehoe Field. He has led the program to the BIG EAST Tournament semifinals in three of the last six years and to the Quarterfinals in each of the last six years.
The Georgetown team earned the fourth annual team Fair Player Award after totaling 92 points (77 fouls, three yellow cards and zero red cards) during conference play. The Fair Play Award is given to the team that accumulates the fewest points: foul (one point), yellow card (five points) and red card (10 points).
These five are among a group of 42 players who have earned 47 All-BIG EAST honors (10 first team selections, 14 second team, eight third team, two honorable mention and 13 all-rookie).