Aug. 10, 2016
BIG EAST Release
NEW YORK – Marquette University senior Morgan Proffitt was selected as the BIG EAST Conference’s Preseason Defensive Player of the Year and the women’s soccer team was picked to finish third, a survey of the league’s head coaches revealed on Wednesday afternoon. Proffitt was joined on the All-BIG EAST Preseason Team by classmate Liz Bartels.
Proffitt’s honor as the conference’s top defensive player is her third major recognition of the summer. The Columbus, Indiana native competed earlier this summer with the United States Under-23 Women’s National Team and was named to the watch list for the 2016 Missouri Athletic Club’s (MAC) Hermann Trophy, the top individual honor in college soccer.
She was a NSCAA All-Northeast Region selection in 2015 after earning All-BIG EAST First Team honors on defense and was as a second team all-conference selection in 2014. The defender scored three goals as a junior and earned BIG EAST weekly recognition on three occasions, including a pair of defensive player of the week honors.
Proffitt, who is making the switch to the midfield this year, played with the U.S. U-23 team in a four-team Under-23 Women’s Nordic Tournament in June at St. Georges Park, England where the Americans captured the tournament crown. She was one of 19 NCAA Division I players on that 20-person roster and one of 38 individuals on the MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List.
Bartels earned All-BIG EAST Second Team honors as a junior in 2015 after recording three goals, including a pair of match winners, and four assists. She played mostly in the midfield last season, but spent much of 2014 up front on her way to All-BIG EAST First Team recognition as a sophomore.
Both Proffitt and Bartels were selected to the 2015 preseason team last August and the pair went on to earn postseason recognition with Proffitt earning first team honors and Bartels mentioned on the second team.
The Golden Eagles, who are the lone BIG EAST team to reach the conference quarterfinals in every season as a conference member, return eight of 11 starters and 23 of 28 letter winners from a squad that went 8-8-4 (5-3-1 BIG EAST) and finished fifth in the league’s 2015 regular season standings. Marquette also returns 93 percent of its goal scoring production from last season with the lone loss being departed senior Jacie Jermier’s two goals.
Ally Miller was the last MU player to receive preseason award recognition when she was selected as the BIG EAST Preseason Defensive Player of the Year in 2012.
Preseason Offensive Player of the Year
Rachel Corboz, Georgetown, Jr., M
Preseason Defensive Player of the Year
Morgan Proffitt, Marquette, Sr., D/M
Preseason Goalkeeper of the Year
Diana Poulin, St. John’s, Sr., GK*
Preseason All-BIG EAST Team^
Anna Maria Baldursdottir, St. John’s, So., D
Liz Bartels, Marquette, Sr., M/F
Alexa Ben, DePaul, Jr., M*
Franny Cerny, DePaul, So., F
Rachel Corboz, Georgetown, Jr., M*
Grace Damaska, Georgetown, Sr., F
Serina Kashimoto, Butler, Sr., M*
Christian Klaum, Providence, Jr., M
Marina Paul, Georgetown, Grad., D
Diana Poulin, St. John’s, Sr., GK*
Morgan Proffitt, Marquette, Sr., D/M*
Abby Reed, DePaul, Sr., F
Halle Stelbasky, Butler, So., F
Crystal Thomas, Georgetown, Grad., F
Lucy Whipp, St. John’s, So., F
^extra players added due to a tie in voting
Preseason Poll Points (First-Place Votes)
1. Georgetown 81 (9)
2. DePaul 64 (1)
3. Marquette 61
4. Butler 55
5. St. John’s 53
6. Providence 44
7. Creighton 35
8. Xavier 26
9. Villanova 21
10. Seton Hall 10