Luka Prpa Named BIG EAST Freshman of the Year

Nov. 5, 2016

Official BIG EAST Release

NEW YORK – A pair of Marquette University men’s soccer players highlighted this year’s BIG EAST postseason awards announced by the league on Saturday. Midfielder Luka Prpa led the way with Freshman of the Year honors, while senior center back John Pothast was selected to the All-BIG EAST Second Team.

Prpa is the first Marquette player to receive BIG EAST Freshman of the Year honors after totaling the second-highest point total in the league during the regular season, falling only a point short of league-leader and Co-Offensive Player of the Year, Julian Gressel of Providence. The Wind Lake, Wisconsin native had 26 points – ranking 14th in the nation – on 10 goals and six assists, including five goals and an assist during conference play.

He’s the first MU player since C. Nortey in 2013 to reach double-digits in goals and first since Chris Lee in 2003 to have at least 26 points. Prpa was also the first Golden Eagle to register back-to-back six-point performances when he posted matching two-goal, two-assist efforts in wins over Northern Illinois (Aug. 29) and UIC (Sept. 2). Following his impressive week, he was named National Player of the Week by Top Drawer Soccer and the NSCAA, adding National Team of the Week accolades from TDS and College Soccer News as well, to go along with BIG EAST Offensive Player and Freshman of the Week accolades.

Prpa would add another pair of National Team of the Week honors on Oct. 25, along with his third BIG EAST Freshman of the Week award.


 

 

Pothast earned his first postseason award in his final season as a Golden Eagle, landing on the All-BIG EAST Second Team after opening the year as a preseason All-BIG EAST selection. Over his four seasons, the Lake Zurich, Illinois native made all 71 starts for Marquette, including 16 this season.

Though unable to find the back of the net in 2016, Pothast did register the seventh-most shots on the squad with 11, and finished his career with 11 points on three goals and five assists. The co-captain and leader of the MU backline received a fitting send-off as the Golden Eagles registered its third shutout of the season with a 1-0 clean sheet against DePaul in the regular season finale and Senior Night on Thursday.

Complete list of awards:

All-BIG EAST First Team
David Goldsmith, Butler, Sr., F *
Julian Gressel, Providence, Sr., F *
Harry Cooksley, St. John’s, Jr., M/F
Ricardo Perez, Creighton, Sr., M/F
Jared Timmer, Butler, So., M
Simon Megally, DePaul, Sr., M
Christopher Lema, Georgetown, Jr., M
Cory Brown, Xavier, Jr., D
Mark Jecewiz, Providence, RS-Jr., D
Lucas Stauffer, Creighton, Jr., D
Colin Miller, Providence, RS-So., GK
 
All-BIG EAST Second Team ^
Riggs Lennon, Creighton, Sr., F
Ricky Lopez-Espin, Creighton, Jr., F
Miguel Polley, Villanova, RS-Jr., M/F
Andres Arcila, Seton Hall, So., M
Arun Basuljevic, Georgetown, Jr., M
Andreas Bartosinski, Villanova, Jr., M
Mitch LaGro, Creighton, RS-So., D/M
Mitch Ostrowski, Butler, RS-Sr., D
John Pothast, Marquette, RS-Sr., D
Shane Bradley, Villanova, Fr., D
Matt Nance, Xavier, Jr., D
Alex Kapp, Creighton, Sr., GK
 
BIG EAST All-Freshman Team ^^
Isaac Galliford, Butler, Fr., M*
Lewis Suddick, Butler, Fr., M/F *
Max de Bruijne, DePaul, Fr., D
Dylan Nealis, Georgetown, Fr., D
Luka Prpa, Marquette, Fr., M *
Danny Griffin, Providence, Fr., M*
Joao Serrano, Providence, Fr., D*
Liam Wilson, Providence, Fr., D
Alistair Johnston, St. John’s, Fr., M
Jonathan Jimenez, Seton Hall, Fr., F
Shane Bradley, Villanova, Fr., D
Derrick Otim, Xavier, Fr., M
 
BIG EAST Co-Offensive Players of the Year
David Goldsmith, Butler, Sr., F
Julian Gressel, Providence, Sr., F
 
BIG EAST Midfielder of th­e Year
Ricardo Perez, Creighton, Sr., M/F
 
BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year
Cory Brown, Xavier, Jr., D
 
BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Year
Alex Kapp, Creighton, Sr., GK
Colin Miller, Providence, RS-So., GK
 
BIG EAST Freshman of the Year
Luka Prpa, Marquette, Fr., M
 
BIG EAST Coaching Staff of the Year
Providence*
 
* - denotes unanimous selection
^ - due to a tie in voting, there are 12 student-athletes on the All-BIG EAST Second Team
^^ - due to a tie in voting, there are 12 student-athletes on the BIG EAST All-Freshman Team

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