John Pothast Named to All-BIG EAST Preseason Team

Aug. 17, 2016

Official BIG EAST Release

NEW YORK -- The BIG EAST Conference revealed its men's soccer preseason awards and coaches' poll on Wednesday and Marquette redshirt senior defender John Pothast was selected to the All-BIG EAST Preseason team for the first time, while Marquette was picked to finish in a tie for seventh place.

Pothast returns for his final season as a senior captain for the Golden Eagles and one of the top returning central defenders in the BIG EAST Conference. The Lake Zurich, Illinois native has missed just one match, while starting every game he has appeared in over his three seasons in Milwaukee.

The redshirt senior will provide needed veteran leadership to a squad that welcomes 13 newcomers as head coach Louis Bennett and his staff look to return the squad to contending form since last winning the BIG EAST regular season and tournament titles in 2013.

Creighton paced all teams in the preseason coaches' poll with 74 points, including five of the 10 first-place votes. Georgetown (71 points) was a close second followed by Providence (64) as each claimed two first-place votes. Xavier (58), picked fourth, claimed the final first-place vote.

Butler (56) was picked to finish fifth and Villanova (39) sixth, while Marquette (28) and St. John's (28) tied for seventh. DePaul (22) and Seton Hall (10) rounded out the final two spots in the poll. 

Marquette travels to Nebraska-Omaha for its third and final preseason exhibition on Saturday, Aug. 20, before kicking off the regular season against Kentucky at home on Friday, Aug. 26, at 7:05 p.m.

The full list of preseason award winners and poll results are below:

2016 Men's Soccer Preseason Major Awards
Offensive Player of the Year
Mac Steeves, Providence, Sr., F



Defensive Player of the Year
Cory Brown, Xavier, Jr., D

Goalkeeper of the Year
JT Marcinkowski, Georgetown, So.
2016 Men's Soccer Preseason All-BIG EAST #
David Goldsmith, Butler, Sr., F ^
Mac Steeves, Providence, Sr., F ^
Matt Vasquenza, Xavier, Jr., F
Julian Gressel, Providence, Sr., M
Arun Basuljevic, Georgetown, Jr., M
Ricardo Perez, Creighton, Sr., M
Dominic Machado, Providence, Sr., M
Simon Megally, DePaul, Sr., M
Cory Brown, Xavier, Jr., D ^
Lucas Stauffer, Creighton, Jr., D
John Pothast, Marquette, Sr., D
JT Marcinkowski, Georgetown, So., GK

2016 BIG EAST Men's Soccer Preseason Coaches' Poll
First place votes in ( )
1. Creighton -- 74 pts. (5)
2. Georgetown -- 71 pts. (2)
3. Providence -- 64 pts. (2)
4. Xavier -- 58 pts. (1)
5. Butler -- 56 pts.
6. Villanova -- 39 pts.
T7. Marquette -- 28 pts.
T7. St. John's -- 28 pts.
9. DePaul -- 22 pts.
10. Seton Hall -- 10 pts.

^ - denotes unanimous selection
# there is an extra player on the preseason All-BIG EAST team due to a tie in voting


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