November 1, 2012
BIG EAST HONORS
Marquette's Miller is Defensive PLayer of the Year
HARTFORD, Conn. – Fresh off its first regular-season divisional crown, Georgetown grabbed a pair of major awards as the Big East Conference presented its women’s soccer postseason honors and named its all-conference selections on Thursday evening at the Hartford Marriott Downtown.
Georgetown sophomore Daphne Corboz was named the Big East Offensive Player of the Year, while Hoyas head coach Dave Nolan earned Big East Coach of the Year. Georgetown also earned the fourth annual Team Fair Play Award.
Louisville junior Charlyn Corral earned Big East Midfielder of the Year honors, while Marquette senior Ally Miller was tabbed Big East Defensive Player of the Year. Syracuse junior Brittany Anghel was selected as the Big East Goalkeeper of the Year, while Notre Dame freshman Cari Roccaro was picked Big East Rookie of the Year.
Corboz earned Big East Offensive Player of the Year honors after totaling league highs of 27 points and 12 goals in conference action. The sophomore recorded at least one point in six league games. Corboz tallied a Big East-record 11 points in an 8-0 win at Pittsburgh on Sept. 30. She had a school-record five goals in the victory. Overall, Corboz has totaled 39 points, including 16 goals. Corboz is the first Georgetown player to earn Big East Offensive Player of the Year honors since Sara Jordan in 2009. She also was a unanimous All-Big East First Team selection.
Head coach Dave Nolan led the Hoyas (15-2-2, 8-1-1 Big East) to a share of their first regular-season championship. Georgetown was the No. 1 seed from the National Division in the Big East Championship and earned a trip to the semifinals of the tournament with a win over DePaul in the quarterfinals. The Hoyas were a perfect 9-0-0 at home and 2-0-1 at neutral sites. Nationally ranked a majority of the year, Georgetown was as high as No. 11 on Oct. 2, tops in school history. The Hoyas are in the semifinals of the Big East Championship for the third time in school history and making their second straight appearance.
Georgetown earns the fourth annual team Fair Play Award after totaling just 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).
Miller was named Big East Defensive Player of the Year marking the third straight year a Marquette player has earned the honor. The senior helped lead one of the league’s top defenses, allowing just two goals in 10 conference games and posting a 0.19 goals-against average. Outside of conference action, Marquette ranked second in the Big East with a 0.65 goals-against average, along with a league-high 13 shutouts. Miller also helped limit Marquette opponents to just 2.9 shots on goal per game. The senior also helped Marquette maintain a national ranking throughout the year, including the No. 8 spot in early September.
Corral was named Big East Midfielder of the Year after she tallied 19 points, including eight goals in Big East play. The junior had 52 shots in 11 league games, more than any other Big East player. Corral had a point in seven of 11 Big East games. Overall she amassed a team-high 23 points, including eight goals and seven assists. The junior earned Big East Offensive Player of the Week honors on Oct. 22. A native of Mexico City, Mexico, Corral is an athletic forward with extensive international experience playing for the Mexican National team. She was a member of Mexican National team at the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany seeing action in one match.
Anghel played every minute of every game for the Orange this season. The junior held a 0.87 goals-against average in Big East play with 41 saves and nine goals allowed. Anghel also had four shutouts in 10 contests. Overall, Anghel held a 1.02 goals-against average with 69 saves and 19 goals allowed. She had five shutouts in 18 games. Anghel helped the Orange total nine wins this season, their highest total since 2003. The Orange qualified for the Big East Tournament for the second consecutive season, marking the first time SU has appeared in postseason play in back-to-back years since 1999 and 2000.
Roccaro was tabbed the Big East Rookie of the Year after totaling 11 points, including five goals in just 11 games. In Big East action, she had three goals in nine league games. Roccaro has made an impact over the past 11 games after joining the Irish in mid-September upon completion of her duties playing at the FIFA Under-20 World Cup tournament in Japan.