Bennett II, Nortey Named to Preseason BIG EAST Team

Junior midfielder Louis Bennett II is a preseason All-BIG EAST selection for the second year in a row.
Aug. 18, 2015

Official BIG EAST Release

NEW YORK - Louis Bennett II and C. Nortey were each selected to the Preseason All-BIG EAST squad, while the Marquette men's soccer team was picked to finish fifth in the Preseason Coaches' Poll, as announced by the league office, Tuesday, Aug. 18.

Along with Marquette alumnus Axel Sjoberg, both Bennett II and Nortey were also selected to the All-BIG EAST First Team in 2014. In fact, Nortey is seeking his third-straight bid to the All-BIG EAST First Team in 2015.

Nortey, a redshirt senior captain and MU's top striker heading into this season, totaled 16 points on seven goals and two assists in 2014. He is currently Marquette's active leader in career goals with 26.

Bennett, a junior midfielder, is coming off a 14-point campaign in 2014 after totaling four goals and six assists, which ranked second only to Nortey. In addition to his first team selection a season ago, Bennett was a unanimous All-Rookie team pick, All-Tournament team selection and All-BIG EAST honorable mention choice in 2013.

Creighton and Georgetown tied atop the Preseason Coaches' Poll with 77 points, including an even-split of all 10 first-place votes. Providence (65 points) was third, followed by Xavier (55 points) and Marquette (50 points).

The Golden Eagles have two exhibition contests remaining on their preseason schedule with a home match against Loyola Chicago slated for tonight, Aug. 18, at 5:05 p.m. MU will wrap up the exhibition schedule with Indiana on Saturday, Aug. 22.

The 2015 regular season will kick off against Oregon State in Corvallis, Oregon at 7 p.m. Central time on Friday, Aug. 28.




2015 Preseason Men's Soccer  All-BIG EAST Team and Awards
Preseason Offensive Player of the Year - Brandon Allen, Georgetown, Sr., F
Preseason Defensive Player of the Year - Joshua Yaro, Georgetown, Jr., D ^
Preseason Goalkeeper of the Year - Connor Sparrow, Creighton, Sr. 

Preseason All-BIG EAST *
^ Brandon Allen, Georgetown, Sr., F
Mac Steeves, Providence, Jr., F
Nortey, Marquette, Marquette, RS-Sr., F
David Goldsmith, Butler, Jr., F                                   
Fabian Herbers, Creighton, Jr., M/F
^ Timo Pitter, Creighton, Sr., M
Louis Bennett II, Marquette, Jr., M
Julian Gressel, Providence, Jr., M
Keegan Rosenberry, Georgetown, Sr., M/D
^ Joshua Yaro, Georgetown, Jr., D
Cory Brown, Xavier, So., D
Connor Sparrow, Creighton, Sr., GK

Preseason Coaches' Poll
First place votes in ( )
1. Creighton - 77 pts. (5 first place votes)
2. Georgetown - 77 pts. (5)
3. Providence - 65 pts.
4. Xavier - 55 pts.
5. Marquette - 50 pts.
6. St. John's - 36 pts.
7. Butler - 33 pts.
8. Villanova - 29 pts.
9. Seton Hall - 19 pts.
10. DePaul - 9 pts.

^ - denotes unanimous selection
* - due to a tie in voting the preseason All-BIG EAST


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