Morgan Proffitt earns BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year

Nov. 1, 2016

BIG EAST Release

NEW YORK – Four Marquette University women’s soccer players and the MU coaching staff were recognized with BIG EAST Conference postseason accolades on Tuesday, led by senior midfielder Morgan Proffitt who earned both BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year and All-BIG EAST First Team honors.

Senior Liz Bartels earned a second team selection and freshman goalkeeper Maddy Henry was a unanimous choice for the BIG EAST All-Freshman Team, on which she was joined by defender Emily Hess.

The Marquette coaching staff, including head coach Markus Roeders and assistant coaches Ashley Bares and Nick Vorberg collected BIG EAST Coaching Staff of the Year honors after leading MU to its sixth BIG EAST regular season championship. Roeders collected his 300th win at Marquette on Sunday, Oct. 23 and has now garnered four BIG EAST Coach of the Year honors as well as a pair of top honors from MU’s stay in Conference USA.

Proffitt, one of the most decorated players in program history, was named the BIG EAST Preseason Defensive Player of the Year in August and has backed up that recognition with her play this season. She enters Friday’s BIG EAST Conference Championship semifinal match leading the Golden Eagles with five goals on the season after scoring a pair in MU’s overtime win on Friday against DePaul.



The Columbus, Indiana native is a two-time All-BIG EAST First Team selection and was a second team honoree at the conclusion of her sophomore campaign. She was a member of the United States Under-23 Women’s National Team this summer and is a candidate for the Senior CLASS Award as well as collegiate soccer’s most prestigious award, the MAC Hermann Trophy.  

Proffitt is the third Marquette player to earn BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year, following in the footsteps of Ally Miller (2012) and repeat winner Kerry McBride (2010 and 2011).

Bartels joined Proffitt on the All-BIG EAST Preseason Team and earns her second-straight All-BIG EAST Second Team recognition. The Omaha, Nebraska native has started all 19 matches this season and all but one contest over the last three years. She has tallied three goals, including a pair of match winners, in 2016 and has improved Marquette’s offensive firepower with a move to forward from the midfield during BIG EAST play.

In net, Maddy Henry took over goalkeeping duties from four-year starter Amanda Engel and led Marquette to its first regular season conference title since 2013. Henry posted four shutouts during BIG EAST play and was a three-time weekly award honoree, including a pair of conference freshman of the week honors. She allowed nine goals over the course of nine league matches and helped MU go 7-2 against conference foes.

Emily Hess joins Henry on the BIG EAST All-Freshman team to mark the first time since 2000 that Marquette has had more than one player honored on the conference all-rookie team. Hess has started 15 of the 17 matches in which she has played during 2016 at right back and has been a central figure on set pieces. The native of Batavia, Illinois scored her first career goal on a corner kick at Illinois State on Aug. 25 and has tallied two assists, including one on Eli Beard’s match winner in overtime against DePaul on Friday.

The Golden Eagles resume action in the BIG EAST Women’s Soccer Championship semifinals on Friday, Nov. 4 at 10:30 a.m. Central time in Washington, D.C., against the winner of Tuesday’s quarterfinal match between St. John’s and Providence. Marquette defeated both squads by 2-0 margins earlier this season.

BIG EAST Coaching Staff of the Year
Marquette (Markus Roeders, Ashley Bares, Nick Vorberg)

BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year
Abby Reed, DePaul, Sr., F

BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year
Morgan Proffitt, Marquette, Sr., M

BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year
Alexa Ben, DePaul, Jr., M* 

BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Year
Diana Poulin, St. John’s, Sr., GK

BIG EAST Freshman of the Year
Amanda Carolan, Georgetown, R-Fr., F

All-BIG EAST First Team
Diana Poulin, St. John’s, Sr., GK
Taylor Schissler, DePaul, Sr., D
Marina Paul, Georgetown, Grad., D
Anna Maria Baldursdottir, St. John’s, So., D
Alexa Ben, DePaul, Jr., M*
Rachel Corboz, Georgetown, Jr., M
Serina Kashimoto, Butler, Sr., M
Abby Reed, DePaul, Sr., F*
Lauren Sullivan, Creighton, Sr., F
Grace Damaska, Georgetown, Sr., F
Morgan Proffitt, Marquette, Sr., M 

All-BIG EAST Second Team^
Kristyn Shea, Providence, Sr., GK
Elizabeth Wenger, Georgetown, Jr., D
Shannon McDevitt, Butler, Jr., D
Hannah Wear, Providence, Sr., D
Liz Bartels, Marquette, Sr., M/F
Lucy Edwards, DePaul, Jr., M
Allie Moar, St. John’s, Jr., M
Franny Cerny, DePaul, So., F
Crystal Thomas, Georgetown, Grad., F
Samantha Dewey, Xavier, So., F
Kathryn Hiller, Providence, Grad., M/F
Arielle Schechtman, Georgetown, So., GK 

BIG EAST All-Freshman Team
Amanda Carolan, Georgetown, R-Fr., F*
Maddy Henry, Marquette, Fr., GK*
Kristin Barbour, Villanova, Fr., M
Avery Hay, DePaul, Fr., D
Kyra Cooke, Butler, R-Fr., D
Conner Huggins, Villanova, Fr., D
Taryn Jakubowski, Creighton, Fr., M
Emily Hess, Marquette, Fr., D
Ida DiClemente, Villanova, Fr., F
Hannah Luedtke, Butler, Fr., GK
Marissa Aniolowski, Seton Hall, Fr., F/D

*Unanimous selection
^Extra player added due to a tie in voting

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